UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

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UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
Established 1921[1]
Director Professor Joe Cain
Admin. staff

18 academics

3 professional services
Students 70 undergraduates, 45 MScs, 30 MPhil/PhDs
Location London, United Kingdom
Website STS UCL

The UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an academic department in University College London, London, England. It is part of UCL's Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The Department offers academic training at both undergraduate and graduate (MSc and MPhil/PhD) levels.

The department received its current name in 1994, renamed from the 'Department of History and Philosophy of Science' (originated in 1938), and previously 'the Department of History and Method of Science' (originated in 1921).[2]

UCL was the first UK university to offer undergraduate degrees in this interdisciplinary subject, launching its BSc in History and Philosophy of Science in 1993. Two related BSc degrees followed shortly thereafter. At UCL, science and technology studies (abbreviated 'STS') includes the study of (1) history, philosophy and sociology of science, (2) science policy and governance, and (3) science communication, engagement, and evaluation.

Academic staff[3] in the department in 2014–15 include: Professor Jon Agar, Dr Chiara Ambrosio, Professor Brian Balmer, Dr Karen Bultitude, Professor Joe Cain, Dr Brendan Clarke, Professor Andrew Gregory, Dr Phyllis Illari, Professor Frank James, Dr Simon Jay Lock, Dr William MacLehose, Professor Steve Miller, Dr Carole Reeves Dr Jack Stilgoe, Dr Emma Tobin, and Dr Simon Werrett.

Other staff include: Dr Norma Morris (Research Fellow), Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon (Teaching Fellow), Dr Martin Savarsky (Teaching Fellow), Dr Tom Quick (Teaching Fellow).

Emeritus staff include: Professor Hasok Chang, Professor Donald Gillies, Mr Nicholas Maxwell, Professor Arthur I. Miller, and Professor Piyo Rattansi.

Departmental offices are located in 22 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London.

The Department also houses the UK RRI Hub, a centre for developing science policy in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smeaton, William A. "History of science at University College London: 1919–47", The British Journal for the History of Science, 30: 25–28, 1997.
  2. ^ Smeaton, William A. "History of science at University College London: 1919–47", The British Journal for the History of Science, 30: 25–28, 1997.
  3. ^ Staff Directory, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, UK.

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