Dr Beth Paschke
- Senior Lecturer (Chemistry)
I joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in December 2003. As with all new lecturers and teachers at the University of Glasgow, I was immediately enrolled onto the New Lecturer and Teacher Programme during which each staff member is expected to work towards and attain a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
One of my first tasks within the School of Chemistry was my involvement in the reorganisation of the 1st Year undergraduate teaching labs. Upon completion of the reorganisation, I was (and still am) acting as lab co-ordinator for the new Quantitative-1 laboratory. Another important and enjoyable part of my job involves acting as class head for our 3rd Year Chemistry and Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry courses.
In addition to my general teaching responsibilities (e.g. 2nd and 3rd Year tutorials, undergraduate lab demonstrating, member of Staff-Student Committee, member of Teaching Committee), I give several lecture courses. These courses include two 1st Year courses; Science Fundamentals, “Bioorganic Chemistry” and “Biological Molecules” and 1st Year “Aqueous Equilibria and pH”. I also teach two courses, “Spectroscopy” and "solutions and Electrochemistry" to our 2nd Year students.
Outside of formal teaching, our School has a growing outreach programme, which allows me to become involved in many varied activities such as Open Day, Chemistry at Work, the Salters’ Festival, University of Glasgow Science Festival, National Science Week, and the annual S2 Pupil Conference. For me, one of our most recent and exciting collaborations is that of developing and running workshops at the Glasgow Science Centre for Advanced Higher pupils.
Although I joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in 2003, I already felt quite at home - this may have been due to the fact that I had already spent 7 years here - as an undergraduate and a postgraduate student.
I graduated in 1985 with BSc (Hons) Chemistry and then worked towards my PhD, entitled "Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Genetically Engineered Enzymes" under the supervision of Dr. Alan Cooper (now Professor Cooper). Prior to graduating again in 1989, I had started working for Ciba-Geigy Pigments as a senior research chemist. My tasks at Ciba-Geigy involved the development of new azo and phthalocyanine products for the paint, ink and plastics industries and with process modifications of a chemical nature. I worked with Ciba-Geigy for 4 years and then moved to the University of Strathclyde as a part-time Academic Demonstrator in the 2nd and 3rd Year physical chemistry and forensic and analytical undergraduate teaching labs. I worked at Strathclyde University for almost 10 years before joining the University of Glasgow in my present post.