Dr David Harwood
One of my major roles as Director of the ISE is to support the development of excellence in Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Science and the Environment, in particular, improving the experience of undergradauates throughout the Faculty.
We are keen to encourage and support colleagues in research into pedagogy and teaching practices. Collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and inovation and we need to write about that so that others can benefit too.
Finally, I manage the Extended Science programme, a role I have fulfilled for the last 25 years. This is still the most exciting and rewarding part of the job. Over 2500 students have graduated from the programme who would not otherwise have been able to enter university directly. I am proud to be associated with an excellent teaching team, without whom none of this would have been possible, and not least a fine and determined cohort of students who are pleasure to teach.
Qualifications & background
BSc (Hons) Chemistry (1979)
PhD - The Synthesis and Properties of Heterocyclic Analogues of Biphenyl Mesogens (1983)
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
Chartered Chemist (CChem)
Higher Education Academy - Registered Practicioner (FHEA)
Roles on external bodies
Member of the Department of Health's working group on Health and the Indoor Environment.
The Most Inspirational Teacher Award for 2011 was conferred on my be the University of Plymouth student union. This accolade from those on the receiving end means more to me than any other!
Chemistry: Teaching Chemistry to non-chemists, Environmental Chemistry; Laboratory based teaching; Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Liquid Crystals, Forensic Science and Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscopy.
Environmental Science: The Chemistry of Environmental Systems, Chemical Resources, Environmental Pollution, the sustainable exploitation of resources, the indoor environment and health
Natural products and plants in the health, aroma and perfumery sectors
The History of Science
Improving the Public understanding of Science
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Improving Access to Higher Education through University Based Courses
Academic and Pastoral Support of Students in Higher Education
Creating and Developing Successful Learning Environments
Assessment and Curriculum Design for Developing Independent Learners
Particulates and the The Indoor Environment
UoP Research group membershipChemical Sciences
Institute for Science Education
Design and Devlopment of Inclusive Assessment Methodologies (with the SPACE project)
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
George Richardson, MPhil (part-time) (2001) The Development and Application of Novel Technology for Improving Indoor Environments
David Hulse, PhD (1996) An Investigation into the Fate of Benzylpenicillin and its Degradation Compounds in Milk Following Intramammary treatments for Bovine Mastitis
Grants & contracts
Brown, Murray T.; Neish, Anna and Harwood, David (2004) Comparison of three techniques for identifying isomorphic phases of Chondus Crispus (gigartinaceae). Journal of Applied Phycology, vol 16, 447-50.
Harwood JR and Harwood DJ: (2004) Delivering Higher Education in a Further Education Learning Environment. Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol 28, (2) 153-164
Harwood DJ; (2003) The Progression of non-Standard Undergraduates from the Extended Science Programme. SPAT National Conference, University of Plymouth, 16.1.2003
Harwood DJ and Abbey C (2003) Identification of Critical Factors in the Recrtuitment and Progression of Foundation Level Students in Undergraduate Science. www.physsci.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/development/projects
Harwood DJ; (2003) Student Support at Early Stages of Undergraduate Study. National conference on Student tutoring – Making a difference. Aston University, 7.11.2002
Harwood, DJ and Jervis L: (2002) Widening Participation in Science: The University of Plymouth Experience with Extended Science. National Teaching Fellows Conference, London, November 2002
Harwood, DJ: (2002) Transition and Student Support – What’s missing? National Conference on Student Support and Tutoring. University of Plymouth, 27.11.2002
Harwood, DJ Science Foundation Programmes – A Way Forward. National Transition to HE Conference, 31.10.2001, University of Plymouth.
Harwood, J.R and Harwood, D.J. (1999) Graduate skills for the 21st century. In: The Learning Society (Edited by Dunne, E.), Kogan Page.
Harwood, D.J., O’Hare, T. and Witt, N. (1999) Computer Aided Learning in Science, SEED Working paper Series.
Harwood DJ (2000) The Role of Laboratories in Bringing Foundation Students to Chemistry. LTSN Physical Sciences National Event, Nov 2000, Univ of Leeds. available on
Reports & invited lectures
Keynote: Year Zero Courses; "from Ground zero to Graduate - A success story"; Leeds 14th June 2007
Lectures for Schools and Colleges: Climate Change, Forensic Science, Liquid Crystals, Careers in Science, Exciting Chemistry.