May 2013

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On Thursday 30th May,  a one day HEA sponsored workshop – “Students as Partners – Engaging Students and Developing Skills” is being held in the Chemistry Department.   The Chem Research Colloquia forms part of this workshop.  The Colloquia speaker, Dr Dave McGarvey, Keele University, will give his talk at 14:00 in Chem LTG followed by refreshments at 15:00 in Chemistry G50.
His talk is entitled “Curriculum Design and Graduate Attributes”.

On the 23rd May, the Chemistry Department Research Colloquium will be given by Professor Harry Anderson, Oxford University. His talk is entitled “Synthesis of Molecular Wires for Nanotechnology & Neuroscience. This will take place at 15.30pm in Chemistry LTG and will be preceded by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer at 15.00pm.

On 16th May, the Chemistry Department Research Colloquium will be given by Professor Ijeoma F. Uchegbu, University College London, School of Pharmacy. Her talk is entitled “Self Assembling Polymers and Peptides for Drug Delivery”. This takes place at 15.30pm in Chemistry LTG and will be preceded by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer at 15.00pm.

MJAgoldstarphotoEach year, Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) invites students to
nominate members of staff whom they feel have had a great impact on their
learning whilst at University. This year’s winners were recently presented
with their Gold Stars at an awards ceremony in RUSU’s 3sixty.

Professor Matthew Almond – Department of Chemistry- was voted as the best lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Part of his citation reads:-

“Matthew gives consistently well planned lectures which are always interesting for students. He is always happy to answer student questions, explain things further and make sure they are able to excel at any given opportunity. One student has been quoted as saying that Matthew has ‘inspired them to become a teacher, hoping that they can one day be as supportive and engaging as they have found him to be’.”

The award is also highlighted on the University’s Staff Portal

http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/staffportal/news/articles/spsn-503593.aspx