Hello! My name is Dr Stacey Habergham and I am currently the manager of the National Schools' Observatory and science outreach officer at the Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. This is a university-led outreach resource, which gives school pupils across the UK and Ireland free access to the Liverpool Telescope. Along side this access is a plethora of supporting information on astronomy, engineering and science and technology more widely, and a series of supported activities. This follows a short post-doctoral research position, having completed my thesis which was entitled "Using Supernovae as Tracers of Stellar Populations", working under the supervision of Dr Phil James. This involved exploring the environments of core-collapse supernovae in the local Universe to gleam information about the stars which explode as different supernova types. My work specifically concentrated on the distribution of core-collapse supernovae in disturbed or merging galaxies. For more information on my research please see the My Research section of this website.
I am very interested in the communication of physics, specifically astronomy, to the wider public. I believe it is extremely important to share the work that goes on at university level with both the tax-payers who fund the majority of this work, and with a younger generation who may be inspired by the content. Throughout my PhD The Ogden Trust supported me by allowing my to do some outrearch alongside my research. They will continue to support me in this until September 2017, now in the role of a University Science Outreach Officer. To read more about some of the other outreach activities I am involved in please see the My Outreach section.
I am initially from Queensbury in West Yorkshire, and very proud to have the white rose in my blood! I gathered my GCSEs and A-levels from Queensbury School (the highest secondary school in England!) before going on to study Astrophysics as a joint degree between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. For my masters project I worked with Prof Andy Newsam on an observing programme for the National Schools' Observatory based on variable stars. After achieving a 1st class masters degree in astrophysics I then went on to study a PGCE in Secondary Science at Liverpool Hope University. My aims for the year were to gain a background in pedagogy and some experience in teaching, and I believe that with the help of the teachers in my placement schools, St. Margaret's Church of England High School and St. Gregory's Catholic High School, I gained invaluable knowledge in these areas, which I hope to continually build on.
Outside of work and academia I enjoy keeping healthy, especially through playing badminton, and going walking. I grow my own fruit and vegetables which I enjoy immensely and long for a self-sufficient lifestyle. I have an avid interest in sports, especially team sports such as football, cricket and American football. I find great satisfaction in creating things, through both cooking and crafts, which I spend my free time doing.