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Professor Tina Overton CChem MRSC


Tina is a professor of chemical education at the University of Hull, and president of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Educational Division.

Professor Tina OvertonTina Overton began working for the National Health Service when 18 years old. She studied part-time for an HNC in chemistry, which led to her becoming a Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry (GRSC). She then completed a PhD and postdoctoral work in heterogeneous catalysis. 

 “After my PhD I was lucky enough to start on fixed term lecturing contracts at the then Humberside Polytechnic and then at the University of Hull.”

She joined the chemistry department at the University of Hull in 1992, initially as a teaching fellow, then lecturer, senior lecturer, and more recently professor.

Tina has published on the topics of critical thinking, context and problem-based learning and their role in developing conceptual understanding, cognitive skills and problem solving skills. She has published learning resources which have been adopted in many institutions and has co-authored several textbooks in inorganic chemistry. 

She was director of the national Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre which supported teaching and learning across chemistry, physics and astronomy.

Tina and the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tina has a long-standing association with the Royal Society of Chemistry:

“I started as a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry in my local section when I was a PhD student, and then served on that committee for many years as secretary and chair. I have been a member of the Faraday Division and on the Education Division Council several times and am currently the President of the Educational Division and a member of the Tertiary Education Group and Council.”

She has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Higher Education Teaching Award, Tertiary Education Award and Nyholm Prize and is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Tina is now professor of chemistry education at the University of Hull where she teaches, conducts pedagogic research, and writes textbooks. She is also visiting professor at the University of Stockholm.

Words by Holly Salisbury and Chiara Ceci
Images courtesy of Tina Overton
Published May 2013

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