Belfast’s Ken Orr named Irish physics teacher of the year

17 October 2014

Physics teacher Ken Orr picked up an Institute of Physics Teacher Award on 15 October at a ceremony in London.

Ken Orr

Ken attended the IOP Awards Ceremony to receive his award from Dr Frances Saunders, President of IOP. The event is organised to celebrate the success of scientists, teachers and leaders of high-tech businesses.

Ken, of Wellington College, has been recognised as an inspirational teacher who creates remarkable enthusiasm and engagement among his students.

His award citation notes that, “Ken is an inspirational teacher of physics. He has a keen interest in al aspects of the subject, whether it is running the after-school astronomy club or organising annual physics trips (this year they went to Cern). He makes science come alive with a unique sense of humour and energy.”

The citation makes special mention of Ken’s work with other teachers through the Northern Ireland Physics Panel. In his capacity as Convenor, Ken's dedication and work behind the scenes gave panel members the opportunity to share good practice in the delivery of physics at all levels and facilitated a forum for discussion of physics teaching.