NHE Teaching Philosophy & Experience

Teaching Philosophy

Being a university lecturer is not simply about directing or carrying out research. The teaching and training of students is an extremely important and (for me) a very enjoyable part of the job.

I teach across a range of inorganic and organic chemistry modules, supervise laboratory based project students and have supported the development and delivery of teaching in various teaching administrative roles.

Year-on-year, I strive to improve my teaching. I aim to engage, then enthuse and ultimately ignite students into becoming self-motivated, independent learners. For inspiration, I keep up with the latest developments in the chemistry education literature, as well as attending local and national education events and conferences.

Teaching Experience

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University
Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University

Recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Major teaching roles:

Director of Teaching (2021/2022)
Part II Exam Officer (2020/2021)
Part II Year Director for first (2014/2015 to 2016/2017) & fourth (2017/2018 to 2019/2020) cohort of chemistry undergraduates
Departmental NSS Champion (NSS 2016, 2017 & 2020)

Module convenor for:
CHEM321 Further Inorganic Chemistry: f-Block and Metals in Biology (from 2015/2016)
CHEM494 Supramolecular Chemistry (from 2016/2017)

Other teaching contributions include:
Module convenor for CHEM201 Alkene and Aromatic Chemistry (formerly Chemistry of Pi-Systems, 2014/2015 to 2021/22)
Module convenor for CHEM103 Chemistry of the Elements (2015/2016 & 2016/2017)
Demonstrating on CHEM371 Advanced Synthetic Chemistry Practical (from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018)
Delivering 1st year undergraduate tutorials on synthetic chemistry (from 2013/2014)
Delivering 2nd year undergraduate tutorials on synthetic chemistry (from 2017/2018)
Supervising 3rd year undergraduate project students (8 up to 2021/2022)
Supervising 4th year undergraduate project students (8 up to 2021/2022)

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry, Durham University

Prepared and delivered undergraduate tutorials on:
2nd Year Core Organic Chemistry (2012/2013)
1st Year Core Organic Chemistry (2011/2012)

DPhil Student in Inorganic Chemistry at Wadham College, Oxford University

Prepared and delivered undergraduate tutorials on:
3rd Year Advanced Coordination Chemistry Option (2007/2008 to 2010/2011)
2nd Year Core Inorganic Chemistry (for visiting US student, 2010/2011)

Laboratory supervisor for 4th year undergraduate project student (2008/2009)