John Raffan was a lecturer in the University Faculty of Education for 28 years, specialising in Science/Chemistry Education, with research interests in assessment, curriculum development and evaluation, science and technology in society and education links with industry. He was a member of the steering committees and development teams for national science curriculum developments such as Science and Technology in Society (SATIS), Salters A level Chemistry, OCR Modular A levels and EPSRC/PPARC Public Understanding of Science. He served on other national committees for scrutiny of public examinations and on the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division. He is an author of several textbooks for chemistry at GCSE and A level, of articles in journals and papers at national and international conferences.
He has been a Fellow of Hughes Hall since 1976 (Life Fellow since 2007) and was Senior Tutor for 19 years, until 2001. From 2003 to 2007 he was a Vice-President and, from 2014 to 2018, he was the Senior Independent Fellow. For many years he was Director of Studies in Education at Christ’s, Clare, Downing, Hughes Hall, Murray Edwards (New Hall) and St John’s Colleges.
In the wider University he was a Chair of the Accommodation Syndicate; a Moderator for the University Institute of Continuing Education; on the committee for Training and Development of University Teachers and a member of several committees for UCLES (now Cambridge Assessment). Until 2015 he was a member of the University/Colleges overseas interviewing team in Australia, China, Malaysia and Singapore.