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Sarah Walker


  • United Kingdom


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Personal Statement

I joined the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry in January 2018 and specialise in teaching organic chemistry at 1st and 2nd year level, having completed a PhD in Pd(II) catalysis at Heriot-Watt University and post-doctoral research in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. 

Prior to my career in academia, I worked in the not-for-profit sector and also in industry. 

Teaching Interests

My current teaching responsibilities include fundamental organic chemistry and spectroscopy.

I am interested in introducing innovative teaching methods, in order to improve the student learning experience in organic chemistry lectures.

Industrial Relevance

I am Chair of SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) Scotland Regional Group and have an interest in fostering links between academia and industry and also increasing students' employability skills.

Additionally, I am the Operations Lead of the Department Industrial Placement Team, assisting MChem students with obtaining an industrial placement during their 4th yera of study.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PGCert (Learning and Teaching)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Asociate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry



Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy HEA

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Doctor of Philosophy, Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2015

Royal Society of Chemistry

Master of Chemistry, University of Durham

External positions

Treasurer - Scotland Committee, Society of Chemical Industry

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