I studied at Loughborough University from 2007-2015, firstly obtaining a BSc in Chemistry and Sports Science, then an MSc in Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry, and finally a PhD in organic chemistry entitled 'Novel synthetic routes towards the anti-inflammatory mediator resolvin E1, and methodology development'.  From 2014-2016 I worked as a University Teacher at Loughborough, mainly leading the undergraduate laboratories.  I started at Keele in September 2016 as a Teaching Fellow and translated to lecturer in 2019.

As part of the Keele TBL group, I have been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Team Prize for Excellence in Higher Education (2021) and an AdvanceHE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) (2022).


During my time at Keele to date, I have taught across a range of chemistry, medicinal chemistry and forensic science modules in the following topics:

  • FHEQ level 3 - general chemical calculations and organic chemistry mechanisms
  • FHEQ level 4 - chemical principles for forensic science, organic reaction mechanisms, practical chemistry skills
  • FHEQ level 5 - principles of drug design, pharmacology of drugs of abuse, NMR spectroscopy
  • FHEQ level 6 - mechanisms of drug action & pharmaceutics, forensic toxicology, advanced NMR spectroscopy, inorganic reaction mechanisms, chemistry/medicinal chemistry research projects and dissertations, forensic science dissertations
  • FHEQ level 7 - heterocyclic synthesis, chemistry/medicinal chemistry research projects


  • Capel, N. J., Lindley, M. R., Pritchard, G. J., Kimber, M. C. (2019). Indium-mediated 2-oxonia Cope rearrangement of 1,4-dienols to 1,3-dienols. ACS Omega(1), 785-792. 
  • Capel, N. J., Hancock, L. M., Haxton, K. J., Hollamby, M. J., Jones, R. H., Plana, D., McGarvey, D. J. (2019). “Developing scientific reporting skills of early undergraduate chemistry students”, in Seery, M. K. and McDonnell, C. (Eds), Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton, Trigonal Planar Press, Edinburgh, pp 333-348.
  • Brown, N., Howe, C., Jones, G. R., Phillips, T. R. (2018). Active learning techniques to build problem solving skills in chemistry students.  Journal of Academic Development and Education, (9), 37-40.
  • Slater, N. H., Brown, N. J., Elsegood, M. R. J., Kimber, M. C. (2014). The Au(I) catalyzed activation of allenamides and their subsequent transformation into chromanes: a method for the regiocontrolled addition to the α- and γ-positions of the allene unit. Organic Letters16 (17), 4606–9. 

School address

Lennard-Jones School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Lennard-Jones Building
Keele University
Phone (School Office): +44 (0)1782 733033, (Chemistry): +44 (0)1782 731693, (Forensic Science): +44 (0)1782 731694, (Physics): +44 (0)1782 733527

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Programme directors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Tess Phillips
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Dr Chris Hawes
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Forensic Science
Dr Jamie K. Pringle
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Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Arumugam Mahendrasingam
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Admission tutors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Natalie Capel
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Forensic Science
Dr Natalie Capel
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Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Patrick Connell
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