University of Dundee


Reader (Biophysical Chemistry) and Academic Lead for International College Dundee (ICD)
D'Arcy Thompson Unit, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee
Full Telephone: 
+44 (0) 1382 384706, int ext 84706


I run two activities on Saturday mornings as part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Science Masterclass.

Why I Teach

I am a Reader in Biophysical Chemistry and the University Academic Lead for the International College Dundee (ICD). I am also the Programme Lead for the Associate/ Foundation/Widening access Programmes and the University Lead for FE College Articulation.

I’m Yorkshire born and bred, originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire. I studied Chemistry at The University of Leeds for my undergraduate degree and the University of Manchester for my PhD in Physical Chemistry. My specialism is Physical and Inorganic Chemistry as applied to Biology. I have an interest in Thermodynamics and Chemical/Enzyme Kinetics.

I am extremely passionate about lab work, especially project work, I am keen to engage and encourage students from day 1 to design experiments and improve their practical skills.

Before I came to the University of Dundee, I taught at Bradford College, my experience at Bradford was amazing, I taught students from non-traditional backgrounds and the majority of these students to begin with were low in confidence but as the weeks and months progressed began to develop into confident, capable scientists. I believe passionately that as many people in our society should have the opportunity to come to University.

What I Teach

Teaching specialism:
  • Chemistry and Physics as applied to Biology
  • Design, Delivery and Assessment of Laboratory Based Practical Classes, Workshops, Tutorials and lectures.
Other roles within the School include: ICD Link Tutor, Adviser of Studies, and Module Manager (BS11005, BS11007, BS12004, BS12006 and BS12008).
Modules I contribute teaching to:
  • BS11001         Biomolecules
  • BS11003         Lab and Research Skills 1A (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11004         Lab and Research Skills 1B (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11005         Numeracy, Chemistry and Physics for the Biological+Biomedical Sciences (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11006         Physics for the Life Sciences Workshops (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS12003         Lab and Research Skills 1C (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12004         Lab and Research Skills 1D (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12006         Chemistry for the Life Sciences Workshops (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12008         Introduction to Scientific Enterprise (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS21003         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Level 2 Semester 1)
  • BS21004         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Level 2 Semester 1)
  • BS22003         Lab and Research Skills 2C (Level 2 Semester 2)
  • BS31003         Molecular Structure and Interactions (Level 3 Semester 1)
  • MBChB Year 1 Student Selected Component (SSC) project supervisor

D'Arcy Thompson Unit Divisional Representative for the Division of Molecular Microbiology.


Where I Come From

  • BSc Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry from Leeds University
  • MSc in Petrochemicals and Hydrocarbon Chemistry from Manchester University
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry from Manchester University
  • Previously a Lecturer at Bradford College in Chemistry, Physics and Maths

Awards and affiliations

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy