Dr Beth Paschke
Department of Chemistry
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
(0) 141 330 6057
I joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in December 2003. As with all new lecturers and teachers at the University of Glasgow, I was immediately enrolled onto the New Lecturer and Teacher Programme during which each staff member is expected to work towards and attain a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
One of my first tasks within the Department of Chemistry was my involvement in the reorganisation of the 1st Year undergraduate teaching labs. Upon completion of the reorganisation, I was (and still am) acting as lab co-ordinator for the new Quantitative-1 laboratory. Another important and enjoyable part of my job involves acting as class head for our 3rd Year Chemistry and Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry courses.
In addition to my general teaching responsibilities (e.g. 2nd and 3rd Year tutorials, undergraduate lab demonstrating, member of Staff-Student Committee, member of Teaching Committee), I give several lecture courses. These courses include three 1st Year courses; Science Fundamentals, “Organic Chemistry” and “Biological Molecules” and 1st Year “Aqueous Equilibria and pH”. I also teach “Spectroscopy” to our 2nd Year students and a 4th Year Options lecture course on the subject of "Electrochemistry - Principles and Practice".
formal teaching, our Department has a growing outreach programme, which
allows me to become involved in many varied activities such as Open
Day, Chemistry at Work, the Salters’ Festival, University of Glasgow
Science Festival, National Science Week, and the annual S2 Pupil
Conference. For me, one of our most recent and exciting collaborations
is that of developing and running workshops at the Glasgow Science
Centre for Advanced Higher pupils.
Although I joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of
Glasgow in 2003, I already felt quite at home - this may have been due
to the fact that I had already spent 7 years here - as an undergraduate
and a postgraduate student.
I graduated in 1985 with BSc (Hons) Chemistry and then worked towards my PhD, entitled "Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Genetically Engineered Enzymes" under the supervision of Dr. Alan Cooper (now Professor Cooper). Prior to graduating again in 1989, I had started working for Ciba-Geigy Pigments as a senior research chemist. My tasks at Ciba-Geigy involved the development of new azo and phthalocyanine products for the paint, ink and plastics industries and with process modifications of a chemical nature. I worked with Ciba-Geigy for 4 years and then moved to the University of Strathclyde as a part-time Academic Demonstrator in the 2nd and 3rd Year physical chemistry and forensic and analytical undergraduate teaching labs. I worked at Strathclyde University for almost 10 years before joining the University of Glasgow in my present post.