Dr Dylan Williams

Dylan portrait 2014

Lecturer (Teaching Dominant) in Chemistry

National Teaching Fellow & Natural Sciences Chemistry Coordinator

Telephone: 0116 252 3616

Email: dpw10@le.ac.uk

 

 

 

Biography

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. I have also recently developed content for the CH2022 (Communicating Chemistry) module.

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 am currently working with Dr Sandeep Handa (Department of Chemistry) on an investigation into the perceptions of undergraduate chemists of transferable skills.

I am a Member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the RSC Tertiary Education Group Committee (I was elected as committee secretary in August 2014). I am also a regular contributor to the HEA Physical Science Centre's 'Reviews' journal.

In December 2014 I was awarded Senior Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAPHE)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)

Teaching Awards

  • John Holloway Teaching Award (Student nominated teaching award), University of Leicester, 2013/14 & 2014/15
  • University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship (2012)

Modules

I am currently involved in the teaching of the following modules:

ModuleDepartmentYear Group
Origins of Science Natural Sciences First Year
Introduction to Biochemistry & Chemistry - Course convenor Natural Sciences First Year
Laboratory Science 1 - Chemistry laboratory convenor Natural Sciences First Year
Energy in Physics & Chemistry - Course convenor Natural Sciences Second Year
Chemistry in Drug Design - Course convenor Natural Sciences Second Year
Forensic Science Natural Sciences Second Year
Laboratory Science 2 - Chemistry laboratory convenor Natural Sciences Second Year
Science in Context Natural Sciences Third Year
Laboratory Science 3 - Chemistry laboratory convenor Natural Sciences Third Year
Chemical Principles Chemistry First Year
Coordination Chemistry Chemistry First Year
Chemistry Special Topics Part A Chemistry First Year
Chemistry Special Topics Part B Chemistry First Year
Organic and Physical Chemistry Practical Chemistry First Year
Organometallic Chemistry Chemistry Second Year
Molecular Spectroscopy Chemistry Second Year
Communication & Career Skills - Course convenor Chemistry Second Year
Chemistry General Skills Chemistry Third Year
Level 3 Chemistry BSc project supervision Chemistry Third Year

Research Interests & Funding Awarded Projects

ProjectFunding BodyYear
Chemistry and Food Security  - C/PBL Resource Development Royal Society of Chemistry 2014
Multimedia Resources for Teaching Problem Solving in Chemistry University of Leicester - Academic Practice Unit 2011
The Chemistry of Energy - C/PBL Resource Development Royal Society of Chemistry 2011
Chemistry's Frontiers - C/PBL Resource Development Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

Published Resources

    • Creating an Assessment and Feedback Strategy for Problem Based Learning Chemistry Courses.” Dylan P. Williams, Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 2016, 1 (1).
    • "Problem Based Learning Approaches to Teaching Chemistry", Dylan Powell Williams (2015) in Patrick Blessinger , John M. Carfora (ed.) Inquiry-Based Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (Stem) Programs: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Volume 4) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.93 - 112
      • “Multimedia Resources for Teaching Chemistry” Dylan P. Williams, Terese Bird and David L. Davies, New Directions, 2013, 9, (1), 18-23. DOI: 10.11120/ndir.2013.00014
        • “Context and Problem Based Learning: an Integrated Approach.” Dylan P. Williams and Katy J. McKenzie, Proceedings of Eurovariety 2013.
                  • "Educating scholars" Sarah Houlton, Chemistry World, 2012, 9, 4, 72. This article features an interview with me on my experiences as a teaching fellow.
                      • "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

                                  Presentations

                                    PresentationSpeakersEvent / LocationYear
                                    Perceptions of Transferable & Workplace Skills Development (Poster) Dylan P. Williams & Sandeep Handa ViCE-PhEC 2016 (University of Southampton) 2016
                                    Perceptions of Transferable & Workplace Skills Development Dylan P. Williams & Sandeep Handa ESLTIS 2016 (UCL London) & UK HE STEM Conference (University of Leicester) 2016
                                    Context and Problem Based Learning: An Integrated Approach - Workshop (Seminar series) Dylan P. Williams Loughborough University, UCL London & Kingston University 2015-16
                                    Student & Staff Perceptions of Transferable & Workplace Skills Development Dylan P. Williams & Sandeep Handa ViCE-PhEC 2015 (University of Nottingham) 2015
                                    Education based research projects for final year chemists Dylan P. Williams & Katy J. McKenzie RSC Teaching Fellows Network, Imperial College London 2015
                                    Peer 2 Peer – Mentoring for sandwich year chemists Dylan P. Williams & Sandeep Handa HEA STEM Conference, University of Edinburgh 2014
                                    Science Communication for the 21st Century Dylan P. Williams Variety in Chemistry Education, University of Liverpool 2013
                                    Context and Problem Based Learning: an Integrated Approach Dylan P. Williams and Katy J. McKenzie Eurovariety, University of Limerick 2013
                                    Chemistry Clips - Multimedia Resources for Supporting Student Learning in Chemistry Dylan P. Williams and David L. Davies Variety in Chemistry Education, University of York 2011
                                    Developing a Sustainable Approach to Problem-Based Learning in Chemistry Dylan P. Williams Eurovariety in Chemistry Education, University of Manchester 2009

                                                 

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