Marking the Role

About Phil Dye

Phil Dye is the presenter of Marking the Role. He began his career as a teacher in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. After 16 years in education, he retrained in Communication Management specializing in science and medical communication.

He worked for the NSW Blood Service and the Australian Bone Marrow Registry before eventually becoming the National Communication Manager for the Australian Organ Donation and Transplantation Service (ACCORD). In this role he was the winner of the NSW Golden Target Award for his community communication programs around organ donation.

He went on to lecture in Communication at UTS and in 1998, wrote ‘The Father Lode’, published by Allen and Unwin. He continued to teach casually, lecture in Communication and write for newspapers nationally. He also wrote two more books on business and media.

Between 2011 and 2013, Phil worked with people with moderate to extreme disabilities. He became the best friend of many, and his musical skill (just search Spotify for Phil Dye) became an important part of this work. It also seeded his interest in the brain.

In 2014 he became an Educator in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. His role was to make complex concepts simple and use plain English to teach everyone from school aged children to visiting overseas medical delegations. A major topic was the brain, it's function and the new research on keeping the brain healthy.

This led him to create Mindz Brainplay – the first concept to take neuroscience out of the lab and into schools, pubs, nightclubs and boardrooms.

Mindz Brainplay uses EEGs to show students and the public what is happening in their brain in real time. It was the first concept in the world to use this technology for public education.  Phil became known as ‘Phil Dye the Brain Guy’. During his visits to schools, and his discussions with teachers, he realized that teachers - particularly in the public system,  were stressed, overworked, anxious and resigning at a great rate. Marking the Role is a result of that.

In July 2020, Phil was mentioned by name in Federal Parliament for his contribution to community. He continues to provide brain incursions into schools, run teacher PD on ‘The Learning Brain’, dabble in music and most recently, present the ‘Marking the Role’ podcast for teachers.

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