Lorraine Gibson

Dr, Associate Dean (Science) Equality Diversity and Inclusivity, Head of Section Education Research and Scholarship, Director of Teaching, Head of PAC Teaching School

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Line-managing a 15-strong team of teaching and scholarship members of staff in the PAC Teaching School my two key areas of focus include educational management and educational research leadership as outlined below and in the research section

Educational Management

Creating strong and focussed operational teams, assigning roles and responsibilities in the Teaching School to sustain, and enhance, high quality teaching, learning and assessment, leading to an enhanced student learning experience.

Design, create and embed key graduate and employability skills training (GEST) into all PAC programmes:

  • Sustainability, ethics, entrepreneurship, enterprise and emotional intelligence into our programmes.
  • Understanding employers’ perceptions of student skills when entering the workforce.
  • Creating and designing new GEST programmes that are integrated vertically in our UG programmes.

Supporting and sustaining an outstanding student learning experience by shaping resilient student communities:

  • Listening and responding to the student voice in student-staff liaison committees (SSLC), coordination of UG personal development advisor programmes, informal focus group sessions, on-line evaluation surveys and focus groups.

Curriculum Design and Re-Design

  • Lead on articulation agreements with international institutions, develop associated curricula.
  • Co-creation (of curricula, intended learning outcomes and critically aligned assessment plans) with students, staff and colleagues in ODSU.
  • Embedding inclusive and accessible practice and assessment to ensure programmes are relevant to a diverse student population including students with protected characteristics.

Business Growth within the Teaching School.

  • Creation and implementation of new UG and PGT programmes (including on-campus and on-line offerings to home, R.U.K. and overseas markets).
  • Develop knowledge exchange opportunities to expand the Department’s forensic science capabilities by developing international summer schools and CPD workshops for overseas markets.

Implementation of quality audit processes and procedures to ensure all PAC UG and PGT programmes meet accreditation standards set by profession and statutory bodies, and standards written with the QAA Benchmark Statements for Chemistry and Forensic Science.

  • Chair of the Teaching Committee and SSLC, first point of contact for colleagues in student business, student lifecycles and external examiners.
  • PAC member of Executive Committee and Operations Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Honours Board, General Board B, Level 1 Complaints, the Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Department.
  • PAC representative on a range of Faculty Committees including: Faculty Academic Committee, e-FIRST, on-line champions, Appeals Committee.
  • PAC representative on Institutional Committees including: Senate, Education Strategy Committee, Education for Sustainability Committee.
  • Design and run annual Teaching Away Days for the full chemistry staffing.


Research Interests

Educational Leadership Research

Head of Education-Led research group.  Current projects include:

  • Education for sustainable development.
  • Practical chemistry home-kits to supplement 'bench chemistry' experience.
  • Student, staff, and employer reviews to feed back into development of new graduate attribute training and employability skills development.
  • Student projects and internships focussed on the creation of new graduate attributes and employability skills training.
  • Creation, development, and implementation of practical home-kits to enhance a student’s learning experience in practical chemistry and forensic chemistry
  • Creation of intended learning outcomes (ILOs) using the BOLD approach to curriculum design and associated critical assessment of ILOs; working together with colleagues in OSDU.
  • Evaluation of inclusive practices during assessment: A review of marking procedures in final year project theses.

Empowering staff to develop independent careers in teaching, learning and scholarship.

Developing national and international communities of practice on education-led scholarship and pedagogy.

Heritage Science and Environmental Remediation

My interdisciplinary research uniquely combines heritage science and material science.  It thrives through regular and sustained collaborations with chemical engineers, architects, conservation scientists, conservators, environmental scientists and technology companies.  In both key areas of research LTG has an international reputation being recognised as a U.K. authority evidenced by invitations to write 3 review articles in 2013, referee grants and papers (approx.10 per y), organize international symposia and conferences (every 2 y), being an invited member of 2 European Network grants in 2008 and 2013, giving over 10 presentations at international conferences and publishing papers with international colleagues (most recently from North America, the Netherlands and Ireland). LTG’s research group currently includes 3 PhD students and 1 PDRA.  Previously supervised 10 PhD students as first supervisor (all completed), 5 PhD students as second supervisor, 3 PDRAs, 2 visiting researchers and1 MPhil student. Each year the research group is complemented by 3-4 UG students undertaking final year projects (supervising over 60 UG projects since 1999).

Current PhD students (as Co-I)

Ahmed Alhidan, Mahid Haidar, Mohammed Gusbi

PhD students completed (as PI)

Ruth Idialu Ofure, Niki Hamilton, Gina Gabriel, Iain Rushworth, Khalid Mohammed N Alotaibi, Gemma Mitchell, Abdunaser Ewlad-Ahmed, Salah Idris, Claire Robertson, Claire Watt

PhD students completed (as Co-I)

Alsaleh Hussain, Klthom Mohamed Aboshlah Nshnsh, Maura Malgaretti, Abimbola Oladimegi Famuyiwa, Bushra Salim Al-Wahaibi

Postdoctoral Research Assistants (as PI)

Egizia, Margaret Smith, Claire Robertson, Jim Lewicki

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Education management
  • Education leadership
  • Education-led research
  • Heritage and conservation science - Indoor air pollution and remediation of gaseous pollutants
  • Environmental remediation - sorption and photocatalysis of volatile organic compounds and potentially toxic elements

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, The determination of efflorescence on museum artefacts, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Bachelor of Science, Analytical studies of blackened earthenware fragments, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991


  • analytical science
  • environmental science
  • heritage science
  • Silica nanoparticles
  • water remediation
  • air pollution
  • chemical education
  • educational leadership
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning


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