Research and Scholarship
We have ongoing projects in a variety of areas. We strongly believe in student partnerships, and much of our scholarship is carried out with undergraduate students. We support our students to have creative input and agency in their work and encourage them to contribute to outputs including conference presentations. Our students gain a unique opportunity to develop skills in communication, investigation and decision making.
If you are interested in collaborating with us, contact us for further information.
Learning in Labs
Ciorsdaidh is a renowned expert on the pedagogy of practical chemistry. She has innovated in Glasgow’s chemistry labs to improve the learning experience through student-created videos, pre-lab quizzes, safety quizzes, and introducing interactive simulations and assignments with Learning Science.
With the Covid-19 pandemic significantly reducing lab capacity, Ciorsdaidh led colleagues to develop material for online dry labs in partnership with Learning Science. This allowed the School to adapt quickly to find new ways for our students to meet their learning outcomes.
Read more about our partnership with Learning Science.
Maths for Chemists
Frances and Beth have led studies exploring chemistry students’ confidence in maths and developed maths support resources through student co-creation projects. In addition, Beth has published work on blended and online learning for maths support.
In 2019, Frances participated in Maths Week Scotland by creating and sending activity packs about hydrogels to approximately 180 schools in the Highlands, targeting around 10,000 pupils aged 9-11. This uniquely linked the School's research expertise with supporting the SQA's curriculum and raising young people's aspirations in STEM.
Chemistry in the Media
The way that young people engage and interact with media has changed very significantly in the last decade; the way that we teach much less so. Daniel is studying how students interact with digital media, aiming to quantify and qualify what external media resources students use to support their academic chemistry studies, and to learn about science more generally. He is exploring how these different, external resources are perceived, and finding out if high levels of engagement are correlated with a sense of belonging to their discipline.
Linnea, Beth and Smita are investigating how to support undergraduate students by catalysing the formation of inclusive communities. Their ongoing Chemistry in the Cinema project looks at science on the big screen and through interactive sessions encourages students to create peer networks across cohorts. Several institutions are interested in following their model for student support.
Supporting Graduate Teaching Assistants
Smita has been investigating the provision of training and support given to GTAs in the School of Chemistry, using a student partnership approach to involve postgraduates and undergraduates in decision-making. She has presented this work at several conferences and has contributed to international discussions on the changing role of the GTA in the pivot to online teaching.
Outreach and Public Engagement
The School of Chemistry has an impressive commitment to outreach and public engagement through its Chemistry Outreach Group (COG). COG was founded by members of CHERPS, and as well as running and develop new initiatives, we have carried out scholarly investigations based on our work. Some of our recent projects have included:
- In a unique partnership with RAiSE and Highland Council, Frances led an ambitious Chemistry outreach programme to raise STEM aspirations in rural communities. Her 2019 programme enabled Glasgow chemistry researchers to deliver activities to 32 rural schools (engaging with around 1000 children) and she held six community events for all ages. This had an overwhelmingly positive impact, and her analysis found 93% of the pupils involved felt more interested in science as a result. Frances has shared her expertise in outreach to national panel discussions on STEM education.
- Margaret’s online STEM Academy has reached over 5000 participants, connecting school pupils and teachers with university researchers and industry. By assessing the difference in attitudes and confidence in pupils, student teachers and activity providers, Margaret is assessing the impact of this partnership model to identify future opportunities that may influence and enhance STEM education in schools and Universities.
Chemistry Integrated with Computing Science (ChICS)
Linnea and Smita have been collaborating with students from the School of Computing Science to develop innovative database solutions for the University to streamline and simplify workflows for those involved in teaching and assessment. They have met with the World-Changing Glasgow Transformation team in Assessment and Feedback to share their experience and expertise.