CIEC - About Us

The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration is a unique industry-education centre, recognised for its expertise in creating and maintaining a diverse range of initiatives to inspire pupils and teachers about science and its vital importance to our UK manufacturing base. The Centre has an established reputation for delivery of high quality continuing professional development to enhance science education and improve mutual understanding between industry and schools.

As part of the University of York, CIEC has charitable status and is a not-for-profit organisation. Since its inception, it has had the support of both the Department of Chemistry and the Chemical Industries Association. CIEC works closely with STEM industries to ensure that their science and related careers are easily understood by primary teachers and the children they teach.

Research has identified the 10-14 age range as the time when children ‘switch off’ from science and are often unaware of the career opportunities that science industries can offer. CIEC provides solutions to these problems.

Our continued existence is reliant on the support of organisations and companies that share our passion and provide funding for us to engage children in meaningful, contextualised science and to learn about the opportunities for careers in industry.

To find out how you can get involved, please contact CIEC. To learn about organisations that currently fund us, visit our sponsors page, and to read case studies about projects that companies have funded, visit our industry page.


Meet The Team

Joy Parvin CIEC

Joy Parvin - Director

I have been working with CIEC since 1992, having started writing resource materials as a teacher two years previously. I am responsible for the overall strategy, business planning, finance and fundraising, direction and management of CIEC. In addition I sit on a number of education committees, contribute to national and international conferences to provide professional development consultation and disseminate the work of CIEC.

Jo Eastwood CIEC

Jo Eastwood - Administrator

In 2019, after nine years at the University as PA to the Head of the Department of Chemistry, I joined CIEC as Administrator. I love the diversity of the role and no two days are ever the same with a fast changing pace that keeps me on my toes!

I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of CIEC’s administration and provide support to the Director and a team of colleagues to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the office. I contribute to the development of new systems and initiatives and assist with the design and creation of promotional materials for both printed and online publications and resources.

Jane Winter CIEC

Jane Winter - Professional Development Leader

I joined CIEC in 2014 after many years teaching and leading science in Lincolnshire schools. My role includes developing and leading hands on practical courses for teachers at the STEM Learning Centre and around the country. I mentor on several online science based courses which are accessed by teachers from around the world. I write and edit publications for EYFS and primary science teachers.

Nicky Waller CIEC

Nicola Waller - Professional Development Leader

My current role with CIEC has evolved since starting as an advisory teacher for the Children Challenging Industry programme in 2004. I now also plan, lead and present a wide range of exciting training packages for primary teachers, mainly at the National STEM Learning Centre in York but also at courses and conferences around the country. In addition to this I write and edit educational resources for teachers, many of these linking with industry and making the real world accessible to Primary aged children

Mackayla Millar CIEC

Mickayla Millar - Advisory Teacher

I joined CIEC in February 2020 as an advisory teacher to deliver the Children Challenging Industry programme. I work with schools and industry partners in the North East and Humber to deliver science activities set within real-world industrial contexts. I provide CPD for teachers on raising the Science Capital of all children through meaningful links to industry and support STEM professionals to host school visits that provide curriculum relevant interactions unique to their company.

I have written the IndusTRY AT HOME series of educational resources, designed to develop children’s scientific skills and to bring some of our exciting range of activities to children learning from home.

Clare Docking CIEC

Clare Docking - Advisory Teacher

I joined the CIEC team in 2018 to deliver the Children Challenging Industry programme in the East of England. I work with schools and industry to deliver science activities set within real-world industrial contexts. I provide CPD for teachers on raising the Science Capital of all children through meaningful links to industry and support STEM professionals to host school visits that provide curriculum relevant interactions unique to their company.

Agata Lambrechts CIEC

Agata Lambrechts - Researcher

I joined the CIEC team in 2019 on a casual basis, extending the research capacity, to investigate the impact of CIEC programmes on children, their teachers, their schools, and the industries involved with CIEC projects.

I have recently completed my Ph.D. in Education, and have a background in university administration and a strong interest in educational evaluation.