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Patrick Moore Medal

moore medal smallThe Patrick Moore Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers e.g. by significantly improving examination results, running  an active outreach programme or engaging students in extra-curricular projects. The Medal is normally presented at the next National Astronomy Meeting, or if this is not possible, at one of the Society’s A&G meetings.

Suggestions are invited from anyone, including teachers who wish to propose themselves. There is no need to be a member of the Royal Astronomical Society. Nominees should be qualified teachers who normally teach at primary or secondary level. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

"Stars in their eyes" - Times Educational Supplement article on astronomy education


Word nomination form

pdf nomination form


Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the last Friday in September for the following year's awards and should include:

  • The above nomination form
  • The case for nomination (maximum length 250 words). This should include details of the work of the nominee, the number of students and others they engage with and related wider community activity.


Past Winners

2016 Steve Bush

2015 Sarah Llewellyn-Davies

2014 Hayley Flood

2013 Dr Bernie Tedd

2012 Dr Becky Parker