Ian Devonshire



University of Sheffield 1998-2005


BSc (Hons) and PhD in Neuroscience; I am also a chartered scientist (CSci) registered with the Society of Biology

Work History:

After saving up for my studies as a forklift truck driver, I have worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Oxford and Nottingham

Current Job:

Research Fellow


University of Nottingham

My Interview

Me and my work

I combine pre-clinical laboratory work in the fields of anxiety and pain with a range of novel projects in educational neuroscience. The latter have included collaborative projects with LEAs to investigate the impact of mindsets in secondary school pupils as well as an ongoing project that combines undergraduate training in science communication with education research, which we refer to as BrainLab ( BrainLab has been used to investigate, amongst other things, whether risk-based games can improve learning and memory in primary school pupils.

Typical day

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