Dr Head joined the Centre for Environmental Policy in April 2008, moving across from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to take up the new position of Community Support Scientist and Project Manager for the newly created OPAL Soils project. OPAL (OPen Air Laboratories) is a National Lottery funded collection of collaborative research projects, that aims to engage members of the public in the collection of scientific data. The OPAL National Soil Centre is one of five centres that would design and run national surveys aimed to allow non-professionals and people without scientific backgrounds to participate in this data collection. Martin''s main role was to coordinate the compilation of a new OPAL Soil and Earthworm Field Guide, and associated material, which form the core component of the OPAL Soil and Earthworm National Survey that went live on March 1st 2009. Details of this ground-breaking project can be found here https://www.imperial.ac.uk/opal-soil/.
From January 1st 2012, Martin was appointed to the position of Teaching Fellow for the three (later four) Natural Science options of the MSc in Environmental Technology. He has also been convenor of the Environmental Analysis and Assessment option, which is one of the most popular specialist options of the MSc course, since joining the department in 2008. His primary function is to support the development and running of the academic syllabus for the natural science options, working with colleagues within the CEP and others from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the School of Public Health, and the Grantham Institute- in order to do so.
Martin is also working with CEP colleagues on the department's Curriculum Review, which is a college-wide initiative, and will allow the CEP to look at how it best delivers its educational material to the Master's degree course. The culmination of this work will be the introduction of two new-look natural science options in the autumn term of the academic year starting in October 2019. In recognition of his work and contributions to the Master's degree course and teaching-related activities, Martin was promoted to the position of Senior Teaching Fellow in September 2018, following the first meeting of the College's new Learning and Teaching Promotions Panel.
Martin is also the CEP's ICT liaison officer and chairs the department's Communications and Digital Services committees.
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