Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker


  • United Kingdom

Personal profile

Personal Statement

I joined the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry in January 2018 and specialise in teaching organic chemistry and spectroscopy, lead the departmental employability agenda and co-facilitate the industrial placement programme for MChem students. 

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

I have an interest in chemistry education research with a particular focus on student employability skills, adoption of new teaching practices and comparison between experts and novices in solving chemical problems.

Teaching Interests

My current teaching responsibilities include:

CH107 Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy

CH208 Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy

CH214/218 Practical and Transferable/Employability Skills

CH315/CH306 Practical and Transferable/Employability Skills

CH450/458 Distance Learning - Organic Chemistry

CH437 - Final year BSc programme Career Skills

I am also the Departmental Employability Lead.

Industrial Relevance

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

Operations Lead (Department Industrial Placement Team), working closely with industrial partners and assisting MChem students (~60 annually) with obtaining an industrial placement during their 4th year of study.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PGCert (Learning and Teaching)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry



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 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy HEA

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Doctor of Philosophy, The Development of Pd(II) catalysed oxidative Heck reactions and CH functionalisations, Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2015

Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

Master of Chemistry, University of Durham

External positions

Chair, Scotland National Group, Society of Chemical Industry

Oct 2018 → …

Treasurer - Scotland National Group, Society of Chemical Industry

Sept 2017Oct 2018


  • Employability
  • Pedagogy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


Dive into the research topics where Sarah Walker is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles