Dr Dylan P Williams

Dr Dylan P Williams - 2014

National Teaching Fellow

Associate Professor, Director of L&T, Study Abroad Tutor

Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee (Chemistry)

MChem, PhD (Liverpool), PgCert (HE) (Leicester), MRSC, SFHEA, NTF 
Tel : +44 (0)116 252 3616
Email : dpw10@le.ac.uk
Research Group : Leicester Chemical Learning Enhancement and Pedagogy (Group Leader)


  • Discovering Excellence: Teaching Excellence Award (Winner) 2019/20
  • RSC Higher Education Teaching Award (Winner) 2018
  • HEA National Teaching Fellow 2017
  • HEA Collaborative Award For Teaching Excellence (Winner) - Interdisciplinary Science Teaching Team 2017/18
  • John Holloway Teaching Award (Student nominated teaching award), University of Leicester, (Winner) 2013/14, 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19 & 2019/20
  • University of Leicester Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (UDTF). Awarded June 2012.
  • University of Leicester Merit Award, May 2013
  • University of Leicester HEA STEM Conference Travel Bursary, March 2013

Research Interests

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Pedagogy and Chemistry Education

Since arriving at Leicester in 2007 I have helped the department develop an innovative approach to the teaching of chemistry. In collaboration with Dr Jonny Woodward and Dr Dai Davies, I have developed a series of Context/Problem Based Learning (C/PBL) case studies and embedded these into year one of the chemistry course at Leicester.

In June 2012 I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship. The University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship scheme celebrates excellence in teaching and related activities that support and enhance the Leicester student experience.

In 2012 I oversaw the publication of four new peer-reviewed Context and Problem Based Learning Resources (three of which I authored or co-authored) which are available via the Royal Society of Chemistry's LearnChemistry platform.

Since 2011 I have led the development of a series of student-generated multimedia resources that support the learning process (known as Chemistry Clips). Between 2014-15 I led a Royal Society of Chemistry funded project to develop a new Context and Problem Based Learning module which will allow undergraduate chemists to engage with authentic industrial research problems.

I have led the Leicester Chemical Learning Enhancement and Pedagogy research group since 2017. My research interests include Inquiry-Based Learning approaches in the physical sciences, measuring conceptual understanding in the chemical sciences, the student skills development journey and the gamification of chemistry education.

In December 2014 I was awarded Senior Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy. In 2017 I was awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship and was part of Leicester's HEA CATE award winning Natural Sciences team. In 2018 I was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's HE Teaching Award and in 2019 I received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Leicester.


  • “Context and Problem Based Learning: an Integrated Approach.” Dylan P. Williams and Katy J. McKenzie, Proceedings of Eurovariety 2013, University of Limerick.
  • "A Tiny Adventure: the introduction of problem based learning in an undergraduate chemistry course." Dylan P. Williams, Jonathan R. Woodward, Sarah L. Symons and David L. Davies, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2010, 11, 33-42
  • "Size-Selective Separation of Polydisperse Gold Nanoparticles in Supercritical Ethane." Dylan P. Williams and John Satherley, Langmuir, 2009, 26, 6, 3743-3747

Other Publications

  • "Educating scholars" Sarah Houlton, Chemistry World, 2012, 9, 4, 72. This article features an interview with me on my experiences as a teaching fellow.

Published Resources

  • "Chemistry and Food Security" Dylan P. Williams, Kevin Parker, David L. Davies, Katy J. McKenzie, Khalku Karim & Elena Piletska, Learn Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015
  • "The Chemistry of Energy" Dylan P. Williams and Kevin Parker, Learn Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012
  • "Chemistry's Interfaces - The Nano Frontier" Dylan P. Williams, Learn Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012
  • "Chemistry's Interfaces - The Reality of Nutrition" Dylan P. Williams and Sarah Gretton, Learn Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012

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Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Email: chemistry@le.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)116 252 2100

Fax: [+44] (0)116 252 3789

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