Natural Sciences faculty members Natural Sciences faculty members

Dr Stephen Ashworth - Head of Natural Sciences, Year in Industry and Year Abroad co-ordinator 

Stephen teaches modules in physics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects.
See Stephen's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Martin Loftus - Director of Learning & Teaching  

Martin teaches modules in astrophysics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects in pulsars and galaxies.
See Martin's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Mark Cooker - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive

Mark is a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics. His research is in fluid dynamics, especially the mathematics of water wave impact and splashes. Mark lectures mathematicians and scientists in applied mathematics modules at all levels. He has also supervised project work in areas such as the diffusion of heat, acoustics, water-wave motion, liquid sloshing in containers, and impact.
See Mark's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Steven Hayward and Dr Chris Greenman - Project co-ordinators

Steven graduated in Physics from the University of Bristol and gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh.  His research focuses on protein structure, dynamics and function employing a variety of computational approaches including simulation and bioinformatics methods.  See Steven's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Chris has a mathematics degree from Durham University, and a mathematics PhD from the University of Edinburgh, utilizing number theory to study the spacing distributions of quantized harmonic oscillators.
See Chris's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Adrian Matthews - Admissions Director

Adrian is a Professor of Meteorology and has a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.

See Adrian's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Michael Wormstone - Coursework Director

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. His research utilises human cells and tissue to study human eye disease. In particular, he is interested in wound-healing events that follow cataract surgery, which lead to a secondary visual loss. His laboratory aims to further our understanding of the cell and molecular mechanisms underpinning wound healing in the eye and identify novel targets for future therapeutic development.

See Michael's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Dr Garth Jones - Senior advisor & SSLC

Garth is a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. He develops mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.
See Garth's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Alex Baker - Year in Europe co-ordinator

Alex's research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle. 
See Alex's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Susan Matthews - Pharmacy Research Projects Coordinator

Susan's research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology focusing on the development of smart drug delivery systems.
See Sue's full profile on the School of Pharmacy website.

Dr Ben Milner - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive 

Ben teaches modules on sound and image processing and on electronics. He has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects on audio processing and in particular on estimating the fundamental frequency of musical instruments. 
See Ben's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Dr Tom Clarke - Chair of Exam Board

Tom teaches on modules in BIO and CHE as part of the biochemistry program and his research on mineral respiring bacteria covers multiple natural science disciplines including microbiology, chemistry and geology.
See Tom's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Biography

Dr Ashworth was awarded both his BA in Chemistry and his DPhil from Oxford University. Later postdoctoral work was with Professor D.J. Nesbitt at JILA and later with Dr K.M. Evenson at NIST, both of which are in Boulder, Colorado. He was then awarded a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship to study femtosecond dynamics at the newly established Max-Born Institute in Berlin.

The award of an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 1996 allowed him to return to England. The first part of the Fellowship was held in the School of Chemistry at Bristol University. Dr Ashworth was appointed to a post at the UEA in 1999 but chose to transfer the remainder of his Advanced Fellowship and became a Lecturer in 2001. He received the UEA Excellence in Teaching award in 2002.

Although his research career has concentrated on high resolution spectroscopy, and spectroscopy applied to atmospheric chemistry, using a number of laser techniques, he is now much more involved with the communication of science. Over the years has won a number of grants for his communication activities. In 2009 he was awarded a CUE East Individual Award for Engagement. He has recently finished a term serving on the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa.

Selected Publications

Magda van Leeuwen, Andrew Beeby, Stephen H. Ashworth.
The photochemistry and photophysics of a series of non-peripherally substituted zinc phthalocyanines
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 3, 370-375
DOI: 10.1039/B9PP00107G

Raphael Vallon, Stephen H. Ashworth, Patrick Crozet, Robert W. Field, Damien Forthomme, Heather Harker, Cyril Richard and Amanda J. Ross.
Room-Temperature Metal-Hydride Discharge Source, with Observations on NiH and FeH
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2009, 113, 13159–13166
DOI: 10.1021/jp9033968

Juan C. Goméz Martín, Stephen H. Ashworth, Anoop S. Mahajan, and John M. C. Plane.
Photochemistry of OIO: Laboratory study and atmospheric implications
Geophys. Res. Lett. 2009, 36 L09802
Global BioGeoChem. 2009, Cycles 23 L09802
DOI: 10.1029/2009GL037642

D. M. Joseph, S. H. Ashworth, and J. M. C. Plane.
On the photochemistry of IONO2: absorption cross section (240 - 370 nm) and photolysis product yields at 248 nm.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2007, 9 (41) 5599-5607
DOI: 10.1039/b709465e

Career History

  • 1991-2 - Postdoctoral research assistant, Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.
  • 1992-2 - Research Associate, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1992-3 - Guest Researcher, National Institute for Standards and Technology Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1993-4 - Royal Society European Exchange Fellow, Max-Born Institut für Nichtlinear Optik und Ultrakurzzeit-Spektroskopie, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1994-6 - Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow, Max-Born Institut für Nichtlinear Optik und Ultrakurzzeit-Spektroskopie, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1996-9 - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Fellow in the School of Chemistry, Bristol University.
  • 1999-2001 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Fellow in the School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia.
  • 2001-2008 - Lecturer: School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia.
  • 2008-2009 - Senior Lecturer: School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia.
  • 2009-2011 - Senior Lecturer: School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia and Associate Dean for Admissions (Science Faculty)
  • 2011-present - Reader in Chemistry and Head of Natural Sciences

Highlighted Publications

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van Leeuwen, M., Beeby, A., Ashworth, S.

(2010)

The photochemistry and photophysics of a series of non-peripherally substituted zinc phthalocyanines,

in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

9.

pp. 370

Full Text UEA Repository

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Ashworth, S.

(2014)

Kitchen Chemistry,

(Web publication/site)

(Published)


Van Leeuwen, M., Beeby, A., Fernandes, I., Ashworth, S. H.

(2014)

The photochemistry and photophysics of a series of alpha octa(alkyl-substituted) silicon, zinc and palladium phthalocyanines,

in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

13

(1)

pp. 62-69

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(Article)

(Published)


Ashworth, S.

(2013)

Generating Large Question Banks of Graded Questions with Tailored Feedback and its Effect on Student Performance,

in New Directions

9

(1)

pp. 55-59

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(Published)


Ross, A., Crozet, P., Richard, C., Harker, H., Ashworth, S., Tokaryk, D.

(2012)

Resolved fluorescence spectra of NiH. Electronic structure, electronic energy transfer, and the Zeeman effect in low-lying states,

in Molecular Physics

110

(17)

pp. 2019-2033

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Ashworth, S.

(2012)

Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 5th ed., by Peter Atkins and Ronald Friedman,

in Contemporary Physics

53

(4)

pp. 372-373

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

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Ashworth, S.

(2012)

Astronomical Spectroscopy: An Introduction to the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Astronomical Spectra, 2nd edn., by Jonathan Tennyson and Atomic Astrophyiscs and Spectroscopy, by Anil K. Pradhan and Sultana N. Nahar,

in Contemporary Physics

53

(3)

pp. 275-276

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

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Ashworth, S.

(2010)

The Behaviour of Chemical Elements in Stars, by C. Jascheck and M. Jasheck,

in Contemporary Physics

51

(5)

pp. 458-459

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Ashworth, S.

(2010)

Building Scientific Apparatus, 4th edition, by John H. Moore, Christopher C. Davis, Michael A. Coplan and Sandra E. Greer,

in Contemporary Physics

51

(6)

pp. 552-553

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Ashworth, S.

(2010)

Measured Tones: The Interplay of Physics and Music, 3rd edition, by Ian Johnston,

in Contemporary Physics

51

(6)

pp. 552-552

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Ashworth, S.

(2010)

Summary Review of "Physics of the Piano Parts 1 & 2" by Nicholas J Giordano Sr.,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


van Leeuwen, M., Beeby, A., Ashworth, S.

(2010)

The photochemistry and photophysics of a series of non-peripherally substituted zinc phthalocyanines,

in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

9

(3)

pp. 370

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gómez Martín, J. C., Ashworth, S., Mahajan, A. S., Plane, J. M. C.

(2009)

Photochemistry of OIO: Laboratory study and atmospheric implications,

in Geophysical Research Letters

36

(9)

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Vallon, R., Ashworth, S., Crozet, P., Field, R. W., Forthomme, D., Harker, H., Richard, C., Ross, A. J.

(2009)

Room-Temperature Metal−Hydride Discharge Source, with Observations on NiH and FeH†,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

113

(47)

pp. 13159-13166

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(Article)

(Published)


Ashworth, S., Fink, E. H.

(2007)

The high resolution Fourier-transform chemiluminescence spectrum of the HS2 radical,

in Molecular Physics

105

(5)

pp. 715-725

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Joseph, D. M., Ashworth, S. H., Plane, J. M. C.

(2007)

On the photochemistry of IONO2 : absorption cross section (240–370 nm) and photolysis product yields at 248 nm,

in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

9

(41)

pp. 5599-5607

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Plane, J., Saizlopez, A., Allan, B., Ashworth, S., Jenniskens, P.

(2007)

Variability of the mesospheric nightglow during the 2002 Leonid storms,

in Advances in Space Research includes Cospar Information Bulletin

39

(4)

pp. 562-566

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(Published)


Hodges, P., Ashworth, S., Beattie, I., Brown, J.

(2006)

Dispersed fluorescence spectroscopy of jet-cooled FeCl2: A determination of ground-state vibrational parameters,

in Chemical Physics Letters

422

(1-3)

pp. 160-164

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HODGES, P., BROWN, J., Ashworth, S.

(2006)

Rotational and vibrational structure in the 288nm band system of the FeCl2 radical,

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy

237

(2)

pp. 205-217

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Hodges, P. J., Brown, J. M., Ashworth, S.

(2006)

The observation of hot bands in the 288nm system of the FeCl2 radical,

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy

240

(2)

pp. 265-268

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Plane, J. M. C., Joseph, D. M., Allan, B. J., Ashworth, S., Francisco, J. S.

(2006)

An Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Reactions OIO + NO and OIO + OH,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

110

(1)

pp. 93-100

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Key Research Interests

Spectroscopy of gas phase metal species

Although the conditions are harsh some simple molecules can exist in the atmospheres which surround stars. On earth we are able to measure the spectra of these molecules. Often the spectra are distorted by the presence of the star’s magnetic field. I am working with Dr Ross and Dr Crozet at the University of Lyon to measure these influences on the spectra of molecules such as NiH and FeH. Armed with this information astronomers will then be able to assess the strength and direction of magnetic fields in suitable stars.

Photophysics of phthalocyanines

Phthaolcyanines have been shown to be active against cancer cells in photodynamic therapy. Professor Mike Cook has a research group which routinely synthesises new phthalocyanine molecules. I collaborate with Prof. Cook to investigate the photophysics of his new products in order to find the best candidates for photodynamic therapy and sensor applications.

Research Group

PhD

  • Michael Outten, 2005 (joint with Professor John Plane, Leeds)
  • Fiona Cotterill, 2005 (joint with Professor Michael Cook)
  • Magda van Leeuwen, 2013

Project Students

  • Katherine Springham (2011)
  • Adam Woodward (2008)
  • Paul McNaughter (2007)
  • Celine Hebert-Jimenez (2006 - Erasmus)
  • Katerina Germanis (2005)
  • Chris Sadler (2005)
  • Ben Welsh (2005)
  • David Sadler (2004)
  • Denis Valckenaere (2003 - visitor from Artois)
  • Simon Knights (2003)
  • Lucy Austin (2002)
  • Chris Steil (2002)
  • Clare Masters (2001)

Teaching Interests

I teach areas of physical chemistry and physics. This includes quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, skills for chemists and physics.

Module organiser for:
CHE-4202Y - Light, Atoms and Molecules

Part of the teaching team on:

CHE-4202Y - Light, Atoms and Molecules
CHE-4050Y - Skills for Chemists
CHE-4801Y - Topics in Physics
CHE-5201Y - Physical Chemistry I
CHE-5202Y - Molecular Structure and Energy Levels
CHE-5250Y - Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry
CHE-6001Y - Advanced Laboratory
CHE-6002Y - Literature Based Project
NAT-6002B - Advanced Topics in Physics

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • EPSRC College member since 1997
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Steering Committee since 2014
  • Chair Norwich Centre for the Institute of Physics 2013-2015
  • Scifest Africa Advisory committee since 2010
  • Recorder of the Chemistry Section of the British Science Association 2012-2014
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1999 - FRSC, MChem
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007- FHEA - from 2002 MILTH then Higher Education Academy Accredited Practitioner the FHEA
  • Member of the Institute of Physics since 2006
  • Trustee of the Association of British Spectroscopists since 2006
  • Public Engagement Ambassador since 2012
  • Chair Norwich Science Olympiad Steering Committee 2008-2013

Highlights

  • Recipient of three EPSRC awards for public engagement.
  • Chairman of the steering committee for Norwich Science Olympiad since 2008-2013
  • Advisory committee of Scifest Africa since 2010 and contributor to Scifest Africa since 2008 – funded by NSF / Royal Society 2008 and Scifest Africa 2009, 2011, 2012 and RSC 2013.
  • Lead (and sole) educator for Futurelearn Kitchen Chemistry online course (MOOC) 14 April 2014 for six weeks.
  • 4 tours as part of the SEEDS (Systemic Education and Extra Mural Support) programme funded by the Dutch Embassy in South Africa.
  • Kitchen Chemistry Outreach Tour in South Africa (£15k funded by RSC) - http://www.kitchenchemistry.eu.
  • Keynote speaker at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre, 2013.
  • Keynote speaker at the launch of Science Week in the Northern Cape, South Africa 2012.
  • Keynote speaker at Mauritius Science week in 2010.
  • CUE East individual award for engagement in 2009.
  • Manager of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase at UEA since 2008 trained staff at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Johannesburg)  to use donated spectrometer July 2013 (funded by RSC).
  • EPSRC panels for public engagement grants.
  • Organised “The Bigger Bang” by Hal Sosabowski at the Theatre Royal November 2011 for International Year of Chemistry.

Esteem in Engagement

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Sterring Committee.
  • Scifest Africa Advisory Committee member since 2010.
  • Recorder for the Chemistry Section of the British Science Association 2012-2014
  • EPSRC panel member considering engagement grants.
  • Chair Norwich Centre of the Institute of Physics 2013-2015

Past engagement activities (Reverse chronological order)

  • Scifest Africa 2016: 2-8/03/16, Science shows, workshops, introduction to daily laser show, busking, and chairing scientific sessions.
  • Leeds University: 15/12/2015 RSC Local Section lecture
  • Institute of Education: 14/12/2015 “Chemistry in Action” – the Training Partnership
  • Institute of Education: 26/11/2015 “Chemistry in Action” – the Training Partnership
  • Science Investigation Day/Top of the Bench Heats: 13/11/2015RSC Local Section and Briar Chemicals.
  • Institute of Education: 26/11/2015 “Chemistry in Action” – the Training Partnership
  • RSC Outreach Conference: Manchester Museum of Science and Technology 5/6/2015.
  • RSC Outreach Working Group: 29/5/15 Burlington House
  • RSC Outreach Working Group: 11/5/15 Burlington House
  • Cambridge – Africa Group: Presentation about Scifest Africa, Wine Room, Kings College, 30/4/15
  • IoP Schools Outreach Support Advisory Group: 13/4/2015, 80 Portland Place.
  • RSC Public Engagement Toolkit Workshop: 2/4/15, Burlington House
  • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase – staff training: 27/3/15 Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg.
  • Scifest Africa 2015: 18-24/03/15, Science shows, workshops, introduction to daily laser show, busking, and chairing scientific sessions.
  • RSC Chem Careers Panel: 26/11/2014 Burlington House.
  • Science Investigation Day/Top of the Bench Heats: 7/11/2014RSC Local Section and Briar Chemicals.
  • Schools Outreach Officers Network meeting: Leicester 5/11/14
  • Modern Alchemist: Staged at Theatre Royal Norwich to approx. 2100 over two shows. Local organiser for RSC and Ri.
  • Scifest Africa Advisory Committee meeting: (Skype) 24/10/14
  • IoP Outreach Advisory Group: IoP London, 12/09/14
  • British Association Festival of Science: Birmingham, 6-12/09/14.
  • SIAS Coordinators meeting: 23/07/14 represented UEA at SIAS coordinators meeting.
  • Norwich School, Lower School:  22/05/14 Invited speaker to open new laboratory and classroom suite.
  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, Demonstration lectures 20/05/14 & 21/05/14
  • Scifest Africa 12-18/03/14, Science shows, workshops.
  • British Science Association Festival of Science 2013 (7-12/09): Newcastle: Chemistry Section Recorder and event organiser
  • National Science Week S. Africa: Eastern Cape Province, 27/07/13-3/08/13
  • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) training at Sci-Bono, Johannesburg, 26/07/13
  • Kitchen Chemistry Follow up tour, S. Africa: Mpumalanga Province, 22/07/13-25/07/13
  • University Taster Visit: Two workshops “build your own spectroscope”. 31/05/2013
  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, Demonstration lectures 21/05/13 & 22/05/13
  • Kitchen Chemistry Outreach Project: Throughout South Africa 04/01/2013 – 15/04/2013 (120 events, 10,000 audience)
  • Top of the Bench Heats – Briar Chemicals 02/11/2012 Organising and delivering.
  • RSC Webinar: University applications 15/10/12
  • SEEDS tour: Western Cape Province 6/08/12-10/08/12
  • National Science Week S. Africa: Eastern Cape Province, 30/07/12-3/08/12
  • Chat session with RSC for ChemCareers 30/05/12
  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, Demonstration lectures 15/05/12 & 16/05/12
  • Scifest Africa 14-20/03/12, Science shows, workshops (Best Workshop: Curriculum) and murder mysteries.
  • SEEDS tour: Western Cape province, S. Africa 5-9/03/12
  • The Bigger Bang: Organised visit by Hal Sosabowski to Theatre Royal Norwich, matinee and evening shows attended by 1,800 ticket holders, as part of IYC 2011.
  • Top of the Bench Heats – Bayer CropScience 04/11/2011 Organising and delivering.
  • National Science Week, Northern Cape province S. Africa 1-5/08/11 – Science shows and educator workshops sponsored by the Department of Education and SEEDS.
  • SEEDS tour of Western Cape province S. Africa 25-31/07/11 – Science shows and educator workshops as part of the Systemic Education and Extra-mural Development and Support (SEEDS).
  • Headstart UEA 10 – 14 July 2011 – organiser.
  • SEEDS tour of Western Cape province S. Africa 11-18/05/11 – Science shows as part of the Systemic Education and Extra-mural Development and Support (SEEDS).
  • Scifest Africa 2011 04-10/05/11 –  four Science shows, Science cafes and other events during, Grahamstown, S. Africa.
  • Story of aspirin: 13/1/2011 – delivered spectroscopy session.
  • CHEMNet Ambassador 2010 –
  • Top of the Bench Heats – Bayer CropScience 04/11/2010 Organising and delivering.
  • Headstart UEA 4 – 8 July 2010 – organiser.
  • Mauritius Science Week 2010 – Keynote address and five demonstration lectures at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre.
  • Saturday Morning Science – Two lectures, one on physics and one on chemistry given in the first series of Saturday morning science lectures at the University if East Anglia 26/09/2009 and 27/02/2010 respectively.
  • 41st International Chemistry Olympiad.  Set one of the practical questions, supervised one of the practical sessions and marked and arbitrated the question I set.  Involved in meetings and experimental development prior to the event which took place from 19th – 25th July, 2009 in Cambridge and Oxford.
  • Norwich Science Olympiad – organiser annually 2008-2013
  • Demonstration Lectures – I have given more than 500 demonstration lectures on aspects of science, often related to my research, since winning my first EPSRC public engagement grant in 1999. See http://info.kitchenchemistry.eu/Ppu/Auto.16.html and associated pages.

Administrative Posts

  • Head of Natural Sciences
  • Course Director, Natural Science courses
  • Natural Sciences Exam Board
  • Natural Science Extenuating Circumstances Panel Chair
  • Senior Adviser in Chemistry
  • Chemistry Exam Board
  • Chemistry Teaching Executive
  • Chemistry and Natural Sciences Disability Liaison Officer
  • Natural Sciences Employability Officer
  • CEDAR member
  • University Transitions and Induction working group member.