Learning and Access Officer
21 University Street
University College London
London WC1E 6DE
+44 (0)20 3108 2052
Dean Veall here. As Learning and Access Officer at the Grant Museum of Zoology, I’m responsible for an exciting and thought provoking programme for adults, families and schools and manage the Museum’s volunteer programme. Working closely with peers from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and UCL Art Museum we develop and deliver co-ordinated UCL Museums events programme including the award winning UCL Museums Student Events Team.
Natural history has been an interest of mine since my teens which led me to study zoology at Imperial College London. However, despite my many (mis)adventures in science as an undergraduate, (sampling beetles on the roundabouts of Bracknell), I became passionate about the value of natural history collections to inspire learners from the most enthusiastic to the hardest to reach. It was whilst volunteering as a Learning Volunteer at the Natural History Museum where I nurtured this passion and developed my skills in face to face public engagement.
After graduating in 2006 I started my career in museum learning as a Science Educator at the Natural History Museum, delivering the Museum’s programme for a variety of audiences across a range of formats from presenting large scale science shows to one to one interactions on specimen handling trolleys.
From 2010 to 2012 I changed disciplines and moved to social history, working as Lifelong Learning Officer at the Winding House Museum in south Wales. The main focus of this role was the development of a schools service that used the stories held within the collection to create programmes for pupils that covered Foundation Phase to Post-16 that would inspire pupil’s love of history. The service went on to win a Sandford Award for Museum Heritage Education in 2012.
A Learning and Access Officer at the Grant Museum of Zoology since 2012 I have built on the strong reputation the Museum had for public programmes. Forging partnerships with academics, performance companies and audiences I have continued to innovate in the development and delivery of events that use the collection to engage audiences with UCL research.
BSc (Hons) Zoology, Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology.
- Informal science learning
- Research-Practitioner partnerships: bridging research and practice
- Public engagement with science and nature
- Science communication
- Museums and performance theatre
- Impacts of cultural participation for children and young people
- Veall, D (2015). University Museums: a space for inquiry. School Science Review, 97 (358), 74-78.
- Dillon, J., DeWitt, J., Pegram, E., Irwin, B., Crowley, K., King, H., Knutson, K., Veall, D., and Xanthoudaki, M. (2016). A Learning Research Agenda for Natural History Institutions. London: Natural History Musuem.