Glenn Hurst completed a MChem from Durham University and PhD from Newcastle University. He was appointed Associate Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of York in 2014, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2017 and to Associate Professor in 2020. At York he is chair of the Natural Sciences Teaching Committee and chair of the institutional Learning and Teaching Forum, which nurtures and shares creativity and good practice in learning and teaching across the institution.
His research interests lie within chemistry education, specialising in adopting systems-thinking approaches within all levels of green and sustainable chemistry education. This forms part of his work in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. Hurst is also focused on utilising social media for technology-enhanced learning and developing new mobile applications for game-based learning. He regularly presents his work internationally and publishes in chemistry education literature together with serving on the editorial board of multiple journals.
He was recognised by Jisc as one of the top ten social media superstars in higher education in 2017, was a finalist in the Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ category in 2018, highly commended for ‘Teaching Excellence’ in the Educate North Awards 2019 and won the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education in 2019.
He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Chartered Chemist and is currently chair of the RSC Higher Education Group where he chaired the associated national conference, ViCEPhEC, in York in 2017.