2011–15: PhD, History of Science, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh
2010–11: MLitt, Scottish Studies (distinction), University of Glasgow
2001–02: MSc, Information Technology (Software and Systems), University of Glasgow
1988–89: MPhil, Publishing Studies, University of Stirling
1984–88: BSc (Hons), Zoology (2.1), University of Aberdeen
09/18–present: Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of History, University of St Andrews
12/17–05/18: Teaching Fellow (History of Science), Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh
12/16–05/17: Teaching Fellow (History of Science), Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh
01/16–09/18: Cultural Engagement Fellow, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh
12/09–09/10: Copy Editor, Learning and Teaching Scotland, Glasgow
02/08–06/09: Editor, Richmond Publishing, Madrid
10/06–02/08: English Teacher, International House, Madrid
05/06–09/06: English Teacher, Archibald School of English, Warsaw
03/05–09/05: Publishing Technologist, Colleges Open Learning Exchange Group, Stirling
12/02–07/04: Academic Editor, Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries
03/99–07/01: Editorial Manager, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, London
07/95–03/99: Senior Editor, Pearson Education Ltd, Harlow
01/92–07/95: Senior Bookseller, Waterstones Booksellers, Glasgow
10/89–09/90: Production Editor, Pergamon Press, Oxford
2019: Contributed one lecture to the undergraduate course History as a Discipline: Development and Key Concepts, University of St Andrews
2018: Contributed three lectures to the undergraduate course Scotland, Britain and Empire, 1500-2000, University of St Andrews and led seminars for Masters courses on Intellectual History and Turning Points in the History of Ideas
2017–18: Course coordinator, History of Science 1, University of Edinburgh
2016–17: Course coordinator, History of Science 1, University of Edinburgh
2016: Contributed three lectures to History of Science 1, University of Edinburgh
2006-08: Taught general and business English to adults and young learners at the Archibald School of England, Warsaw, Poland and International House, Madrid, Spain
1999–2001: Produced, organised and ran workshops on writing and editing Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, London
Cultural and media engagement
2016–2018: Curious Edinburgh: Researched and wrote content for app-based walking tours of Edinburgh on history of science, history of geology, history of physics and history of medicine (curiousedinburgh.org). Worked with partner organisations to develop tours on the Scottish Enlightenment, Jewish history, history of brewing and history of genetics and biotechnology. Briefed and managed technical developers to produce the tour app and website. Curious Edinburgh won the Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science in 2017.
2017: Wrote a blog post on ‘Exploring the history of science, technology and medicine with National Museums Scotland and Curious Edinburgh’ for National Museums Scotland (https://blog.nms.ac.uk/author/bjenkins/).
2016: Contributed to a podcast on ‘Deep Time’ for the University of Edinburgh’s Big Idea series for August 2016.
2016: Wrote material on the history of geology for the University of Edinburgh’s press pack for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival’s theme of ‘Deep Time’.
2016: Organised and led a history of geology tour of Edinburgh for a group of journalists and bloggers to promote the University of Edinburgh’s contribution to the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival’s theme of ‘Deep Time’.
2016: Interviewed by STV about James Hutton and ‘Deep Time’ for their coverage of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival opening ceremony.
2016: Contributed material and interviews to ‘The Birth of Species: Reconnecting Darwin and the Fossil Record’, a documentary produced by Niles Eldredge, formerly of the American Museum of Natural History, and Stefano Dominici, of the Università degli Studi di Firenze, which was screened at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in April 2017.
Knowledge Exchange and Impact
2016–2018: Curious Edinburgh project: Developed walking tours of Edinburgh in collaboration with Granton Hub, the Scottish Brewing History Archive Association, the Edinburgh Geological Society, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Research Network on Jewish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council.
Grants and Awards
2017: Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science for the Curious Edinburgh project (Co-investigator)
2017: Award from research support funds from the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, to support preparation of an AHRC funding application with Dr Lawrence Dritsas, STIS, University of Edinburgh
2016–17: Innovation Initiative Grant (Co-investigator, Curious Edinburgh project)
2016–17: University of Edinburgh Principal’s Teaching Award (Co-investigator, Curious Edinburgh project)
2016: AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund to support Cultural Engagement Fellowship (Co-investigator, Curious Edinburgh project)
2011–15: ESRC PhD studentship
Professional organisation and network membership
2012–present: British Society for the History of Science
2015–2018: History of Medicine, Science and Technology Research Group, University of Edinburgh
French – reading: advanced; speaking: upper intermediate
Spanish – reading: upper intermediate; speaking: upper intermediate
Polish – reading: elementary; speaking: elementary