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Dr Danielle Bewsher

Principal Lecturer
School of Natural Sciences
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Danielle has been Principal Lecturer since 2018. She started at UCLan as a Lecturer in Mathematics in 2009. She is research active within the area of astrophysics and is a member of the Solar Physics Research Group, which is part of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. Danielle previously worked at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where she was involved with calibrating the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers. She also held a European Space Agency External Fellowship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA.

As Principal Lecturer, Danielle currently provides academic leadership to the mathematics, physics and astronomy subject areas.

Danielle Bewsher graduated with her PhD in Solar Physics from the University of St Andrews in 2002. From 2003 until 2005, Danielle held a European Space Agency External Fellowship with the SOHO team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA. In 2005, Danielle returned to the UK to a Temporary Lectureship in Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire, where she contributed to the Sun, Earth & Climate and the Solar Astrophysics distance learning modules. In 2005, Danielle moved to the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where she worked as a Solar Physicist in the SOHO/CDS, STEREO/HI and Hinode/EIS instrument teams. From 2008 until 2009, Danielle also held a joint appointment with Aberystwyth University, where she contributed to the teaching of the Energy & the Environment, the Cosmology & Astrophysics and the Sun & Heliosphere modules. In 2009, Danielle joined the University of Central Lancashire as a lecturer in mathematics, where she contributes to the teaching in all three years of the BSc Mathematics degree. Danielle’s research interests include small scale transient events in the sun’s atmosphere; coronal dimming and their relationship to coronal mass ejections; calibration of the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers; and studying stellar variability with the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers. Danielle is actively involved in the Public Understanding of her science. She regularly gives talks at Astronomical societies and schools. Danielle led UCLan’s STFC funded ‘Living with a Star’ exhibit at the Big Bang Exhibition in Manchester in 2009. In her spare time, Danielle is a qualified Ballroom and Latin American dance teacher.

  • Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
  • PhD Solar Physics, St Andrews University, 2002
  • MSc Space Science, University College London, 1999
  • BSc(Hons) Mathematics, University of Bristol, 1998
  • UCLan University Stars - Colleague of the Year, 2019
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Solar Physics
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications
  • Chartered Mathematician
  • Member, London Mathematical Society
  • Fellow, International Dance Teachers Association