IOP Teacher Training Scholarships 2014: Meet Olga……

We can’t quite believe there are less than six weeks to go until the final deadline for the 2014 IOP Teacher Training Scholarships programme. This also means it’s not long until our current IOP Scholars finish their teacher training (although we’re sure it doesn’t feel like that for them!).

This month we’d like to introduce you to Olga. Olga has studied across Europe but has now settled in the UK where she is two-thirds of the way through a university-based PGCE course.


“After finishing my degree in Physics I did an MSc in Physics with Astronomy and then a PhD in Astronomy. During my MSc and PhD studies I worked as a lab demonstrator, and during my BSc and MSc I was a private tutor for secondary school students. On reflection I realised that what I enjoyed the most out of my responsibilities at university was the teaching part. At the same time I wanted to make a difference, bring people closer to science and help them develop enquiring minds. As a physics teacher, I will have the opportunity to work on this.

“The IOP Teacher Training Scholarships programme has given me the opportunity to be part of a big family. The support the IOP offers through the mentoring programme, the online resources and the forums helps me face the challenging year of the training with more confidence. I’m looking forward to teaching my own class!”

Through the IOP Teacher Training Scholarships programme, Olga receives mentoring support from a specialist physics teacher and peer support through our online physics community.

Any trainee teacher in receipt of an IOP Scholarship is entitled to the same benefits as Olga, as well as a £25,000 tax-free award. Find out if you can follow in Olga’s footsteps this year.