Rachel Dorris

Clothworkers' Fellow in Mathematics, Masterclass Programme Manager

  • Rachel Dorris


Rachel Dorris has overall responsibility for the Ri Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclass Programmes. The Ri Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclasses are hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions led by top experts from academia and industry for keen and talented young people all around the UK.


Born and bred in Scotland, Rachel obtained a degree in physics at Edinburgh University. To pursue a career in medical physics, she then chose to undertake a bioengineering MSc at Strathclyde University and further Medical Physics training at Christie Hospital, Manchester. After working for the NHS for 9 years, Rachel chose a new career path and worked as a jewellery designer part time while starting a family. In May 2013 Rachel then decided to step back into science with her first role at the Ri as Engineering Masterclass Coordinator. In August 2016, Rachel was promoted to manage the whole Ri Masterclass programme.

Scientific inspiration

Can I say Richard Feynman? He has nothing to do with the Ri! But he was a towering genius in the world of physics; he had immense integrity and humanity; and he was also a great science communicator. I also have great respect for Danielle George, presenter of the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. Danielle is a professor of engineering at Manchester University, a fantastic communicator about engineering and role model for young women thinking of going into that field.

Favourite demo

My kids and I are really into the small carrot being fired at a light bulb at the moment – highly satisfying! Also lowering a lightbulb into liquid nitrogen for 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES (there’s a lightbulb theme!).

Best thing about the Ri

Everyone working at the Ri seems so committed. It’s very inspiring and energising. Lets not forget that communicating science to young people is just a fun thing to do, and that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning!

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