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Steven Ford, BSc PhD MSc MRSC CChem


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I'm a teaching associate in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, based at the University of Strathclyde. After a 20 year research career in industry and academia (with most of that time based at the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit in SIPBS), my family circumstances changed and I took up my current part-time position. I have refocused my career on teaching and pedagogical/andragogical research. I have authored papers and presented my work on both sides of my career. I write a blog, enjoy playing my bagpipes and I'm a bit of a data geek. Two things I am particularly pleased about in my carer are: having my head set alight by Tom Pringle and a Erdos-Bacon number of 10!

Academic / Professional qualifications

Dr Steven Ford graduated in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in 1991 and, funded by a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship, he completed his Ph.D. in Novel Raman Studies of the Conformation and Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules. After his Ph.D. he diversified into other analytical techniques and completed a M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Analysis at the University of Strathclyde (this time funded by a Sanofi-Winthrop Scholarship). He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and was an (IMP) Qualified Person under the transitional arrangements following the adoption of EC directive 2001/20.

Industrial Relevance

I worked for over 20 analyst both large scale and small biotech industries, an academic reearch before moving to my current part-time teaching only post in 2016. In addition to my University activities do freelance work in the areas of adult education and drug develeopment.

Research Interests

Analytical method development for pharmaceutical analysis.

Mathematical processing of data to enhance quantitiative/qualitative measurements.

Sonification - the conversion of data to sound.

Developing 'core skills' in undergrad students and postgrad communties.


  • HPLC
  • Spectroscopy
  • QC analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Characterisation and optimisation of diclofenac sodium orodispersible thin film formulation

Khadra, I., Obeid, M. A., Dunn, C., Watts, S., Halbert, G., Ford, S. & Mullen, A., 20 Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 561, p. 43-46 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Drug Delivery Systems
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Open Access
Drug products
Pharmaceutical Preparations
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Physical analysis of solid solution formulations

Author: Akil, L., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Halbert, G. (Supervisor) & Ford, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2013 2014

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned

Drafting SIPBS social media guidelines

Steven Ford (Contributor)
3 Jul 2014

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned

Journalist Inteviiew

Steven Ford (Interviewee)
1 Jul 2014

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation