My academic career spans over 12 years and I am now an Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2017, I was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship and am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. An immense personal honour was receiving the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Higher Education Teaching Award in 2016 (see photo below). After completing my BSc (Chemistry) at University College Dublin, I continued there to attain my PhD under the supervision of Prof Frank Hegarty, investigating nitrile ylide dimerisation and the carbene reactivity of nitrile ylides. I then undertook post-doctoral work at the University of Milan and University of Cambridge.
I obtained my MA in Education focusing on student engagement in chemistry.
I am extremely passionate about learning and teaching and appreciate the challenges students encounter in relation to learning chemistry. I have developed my teaching approach evaluating the impact of innovations and new ideas that are underpinned by pedagogic research. I strive to help students bridge the gaps in their understanding of chemistry concepts by working with them within their own frameworks of cognition to promote a learning gain.
The RSC award ceremony took place at Titanic Belfast on Nov 18th 2016. L-R Robert Parker (CEO RSC), Me (Dr Suzanne Fergus), Prof Sir John Holman (President RSC)