National Teaching Fellow 2013
Professor Simon Lancaster is director of the Chemistry degree programmes at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Author of more than 60 papers in inorganic chemistry he now divides his research interests between energy materials and innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement.
Simon’s teaching is characterised by dynamism, enthusiasm and an entertaining but interactive and challenging style. He is constantly refining his teaching practice to optimise the learning outcomes achieved during the precious student contact time.
Simon is a recipient of the UEA Sir Geoffrey and Lady Allen Prize for Excellence in Teaching and a UEA teaching fellowship. He is a member of UEA steering groups for lecture capture, e-marking, excellence dissemination and massive online open courses. He is a regular contributor to staff and postgraduate professional development courses on the potential of screencasting to yield highly interactive blended learning resources and facilitate flipped lectures.
He has made a number of invited contributions at HEA workshops and independent institutional learning and teaching events across the country where his lively presentation style has helped tempt many into introducing more interaction into their teaching. Simon has become a regular speaker at the annual Variety in Chemical Education conferences and works closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a member of the tertiary education group committee. Simon is the recipient of the 2013 RSC Higher Education Teaching Award. He is also a nominee for the RSC education council.
Professor of Chemical Education
University of East Anglia