About the School

The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences has its base in the Lennard-Jones Building, which is at the heart of one of the most attractive campus universities in Britain. The School is responsible for running eight individual degree programmes in the areas of Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Physics and Astrophysics. The School consists of 50 academic staff, 9 research-related posts, 6 administrative staff and 8 technical staff, and provides an excellent environment for both teaching and research. The School prides itself on the approachability and quality of its staff and has a strong commitment to providing high quality educational programmes, with a nationally leading reputation for innovation in teaching, recognised by many awards, invited talks and teaching innovation grants. Staff within the School have strong connections with the Higher Education Academy and have an impressive track record of receiving grants for developing innovative teaching activities and pedagogical research.

The School also works closely with the Faculty Research Office to provide an excellent infrastructure to enable staff to pursue high-quality, internationally-recognised research that is coordinated via the Chemical Sciences and Astrophysics Research Centres. Research within the School covers a huge breadth, including clean and environmental technology, environmental chemistry and waste utilisation, catalysis, materials chemistry, analytical and forensic science, photochemistry, chemical ecology and astrophysics. The School is also very active in delivering the University’s Widening Participation strategy and many staff members have an outstanding reputation for promoting their subject areas to the public via outreach activities, supported by substantial external grants. The School is currently at an exciting time of its development with the construction of the multi-million-pound Horwood Energy Centre - District Heat Network together with the Lennard-Jones re-purposing project that will follow.

The school is committed to the ten principles of ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter and currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Mike Watkinson, Head of School