It is week 10 of the semester here and that means that everyone is pretty fraught. Deadlines, marking, the uncovery of under- or un-prepared lectures right before Christmas and for some, the residual effects of REF2014. Despite all that, there are a few reasons to be cheerful, if a little perplexed.
1. Inviting a class [...]
A draft post from December 2011, never published but worth considering this year before the Christmas conference season is once again upon us.
From the look of my Twitter timeline, and the absence of a handful of colleagues, it is the time of year for Christmas meetings of this or that groups of Chemists. [...]
All of our final year students do an independent research project irrespective of degree. There’s little point in discussing how to select a project in the first place because most institutions ask students to pick a selection of projects and hopefully allocate one of them. Anyway, its an undergraduate project and while extremely important in [...]
We’re now required to provide feedback in electronic format on all assessed work. Feedback differs from the marks made on work to justify grades (think tick, cross etc) and electronic should ensure legible feedback that is easier for our students to act on. I tend to go for whole cohort feedback as soon as I [...]
The deadline (and 7 day late deadline) has passed but I’ve not yet marked the work so this seems like a good time to talk about the first years’ information retrieval exercise. We use 15% of the module marks in one of our first year modules to have the students get accustomed to retrieving and [...]
Many new academics will be setting foot in the lecture theatre for the first time this autumn. For many, it will be the first time teaching a large group of students. Previous teaching experience in the UK typically tends to be laboratory demonstrating and small group tutorials as well as one-to-one supervision in the research [...]
A few weeks ago I finally found the wherewithal to head off into the lab to try and replicate a very interesting result one of last years crop of project students had obtained. They had been investigating a potentially new catalyst system and had obtained a rather intriguing and somewhat unexpected result by NMR. The [...]
Prof. Polly Arnold, with funding from the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and some extremely talented film makers and an author has produced a short documentary film celebrating female scientists and pointing out some alarming statistics relating to chemistry academics. The film is produced from the perspective of academia and does not seek to address [...]
There’s a storm in a beaker today about the Chemistry blogosphere and twitter regarding a paper in which a comment in the supplementary information seems to imply that a student ‘just make up’ some data. You can read about it over at ChemBark who first reported the comment, and who intends to update the post [...]
I’m starting to plan next year’s teaching and one of the questions that is preoccupying some of my time is whether or not to jump on the flipping lectures bandwagon. I’ll call it a bandwagon to indicate the quantity of stuff I’ve read or could have read on the topic recently through various routes including [...]