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How I got to working with nitroglycerine


The unique assessment system at University High School
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I should say one other thing because this is... very unusual in schools. University High School was started in 2000... sorry, 1910, so 101 years ago now, and it was to be a practice school for teachers. So many of our teachers were aspiring teachers, they were taught the method of teaching and we were unique at that stage, I think, perhaps in Australia, in not having to sit external exams because the people who were setting the exams were the people that were teaching us and teaching the teachers. So it was... it seems incestuous, but it seemed to work, they kept a very high standard, but we had tests, what you would call, I suppose, continuous assessment these days, but you did have the option. If you felt, 'Well I messed about last term, I'd like to take the state exam we could sit the exam', but by and large people were satisfied with the grades they got.

Norman Greenwood (1925-2012) was born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide-ranging research in inorganic and structural chemistry made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main-group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He was a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.

Listeners: Brian Johnson

Professor Brian FG Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRS Chem, FAcad Eu, FAS. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Edinburgh 1991-1995, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cambridge 1995-2005, Master Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 1999-2005. Research interests include studies of transition metal carbonyls, organometallic chemistry, nano- particles and homogeneous catalysis. Professor Johnson is the author of over 1000 research articles and papers.

Tags: University High School, 1910, Australia

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011