Higher Education Award 2013 Winner

Dr Simon Lancaster
Dr Simon Lancaster
University of East Anglia

For his innovative use of technology to engage, challenge and enthuse students by blurring the boundaries between the lecture theatre and the internet.


About the Winner

Simon received his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from The University of East Anglia in 1996. His doctoral contribution to the understanding of alkene polymerisation by metallocene alkyl cations was recognised by the RSC Laurie Vergnano prize. 

From 1996-2000 he worked as a Research Officer at The University of Leeds. In 2000 he was appointed to a lectureship at The University of East Anglia and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010.

Simon combines fundamental synthetic and structural studies of organometallic complexes with applications in materials and catalysis. He has found that his natural flair for teaching and interest in technology can be productively combined to yield innovative teaching practices. 

He was an early pioneer of lecture capture and led a programme to record the majority of first year undergraduate lectures. Building on these foundations, he founded Chemistry Vignettes (link below) as a platform for academics to host edited interactive screencasts available as open educational resources. 

He is currently exploring means to engage students as partners in producing vignette-like teaching resources funded by a Higher Education Academy grant. 

Combining screencasting with audience response technologies, Simon has demonstrated a facile entry into the 'flipped' teaching mode, which is proving to be engaging for students and liberating for lecturers. 

Simon continues to collate and disseminate innovative practice in Higher Education via his Twitter accounts @S_J_Lancaster and @ChemVignette. He is currently exploring convenient ways for the chemistry pedagogy community to assess the impact of teaching innovations through the digital deployment of critical concept inventories.


Related Links

Link icon Dr Lancaster's Website
University of East Anglia

Link icon Chemistry Vignettes
Dr Lancaster is founder of "Chemistry Vignettes" - please click here to view the website.

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