I re-joined the Open University in August 2014 to lead the development of one of the new Level 1 science modules, S112. Outside my OU role I currently sit on the Institute for Apprenticeships Quality Assurance Committee.
From 2010 till 2014, I was Executive Director for Science and Education for the Royal Society of Chemistry, and oversaw the development of the science, education and industry strategies. I am proud to have initiated the development of the award winning site, LearnChemistry www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry. Between 2012 and 2014 I sat on the board of SusChem, the European Technology Platform for sustainable chemistry, holding responsibility for education.
Before 2010, I spent a little over 30 years with the OU as a member of the Chemistry & Analytical Sciences Department, first as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and latterly as professor. From 2005 to 2008 I was Associate Dean in the Science Faculty for Course Production and from 2008-2010 was Head of the Chemistry & Analytical Sciences Department .
My research activity has been in the area of molecules of biological interest, on which I collaborated with colleagues at the Faculdade de Farmacia, Lisboa, Portugal for 30 years. In recognition for my work in helping to establish a medicinal chemistry research centre, in 2005 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidade de Lisboa.
I studied for both my first degree (BSc, 1976) and doctorate (PhD, 1979) at Imperial College, London. My PhD thesis, on the reaction mechanisms of amides, phosphylamides and sulfonamides, was supervised by Brian Challis.
My most recent research has focused on :
Some publications related to my research interests are:
These lie in the fields of organic, medicinal and biological chemistry. I have taught from first year undergraduate through to doctoral training courses, and have devised and developed distance learning materials for:
I am currently interested in developing electronic and online media for learning. At undergraduate level I have developed an interactive DVD sequence on The Interpretation of 1H-NMR Spectra, and at Masters Level have used forums to develop a Virtual Weekend school. I am particularly attracted to the use of problem based learning in the science curriculum, and wish to explore ways in which this approach can be incorporated into the distance learning environment.
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