Professor John R Dean has been a professional educator in chemical sciences for over 30 years. He has taught a range of chemical science subjects at university, from BSc/MChem to MSc and supervised more than 40 research degree students. He has delivered chemical science lectures, laboratories and tutorials on analytical, environmental and inorganic chemistry. He has also taught at an international MSc programme in Spain as well as an international summer school. He has acted as an external examiner at 13 institutions in the UK and RoI (1993–2022).
Professor of Analytical and Environmental Science at Northumbria University, John has held a variety of academic positions at Northumbria and was appointed to a personal chair in 2004. In 1998 he was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) by the University of London. More recently, his leadership has been acknowledged with the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015). His most recent innovative teaching is the development of an Escape Room for level 5 students.
John has authored/co-authored over 226 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters, as well as research books and textbooks. He has an h-index of 35. His research is broad and extensive ranging from the environmental impact of pollutants to microbiological analysis.
He has supported the educational development of chemical science researchers as the chair of the RSC Researcher Mobility Grant Working Group (2015–2021). He also supports chemical science education via his role on the RSC Committee for Accreditation and Validation (of Chemistry Degrees) as both an assessor and panel member (2013–present).
John is also a qualified British Canoeing canoe coach and leader in moderate and advanced water.