Biography

I obtained my MChem degree from the University of Oxford in 2007 where I remained for my PhD under the supervision of Professor Paul Beer, entitled ‘Anion-templated synthesis of functional interlocked architectures’. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Chemistry at Keele in April 2011, and translated to Lecturer (Education and Scholarship) in May 2019. In 2016, I was jointly awarded a Keele Teaching Excellence Award for showing exceptional commitment to improving the learning experience and outcomes of chemistry students across organic chemistry modules at both first and second year level.

Research and scholarship

Chemistry
My research interests are broadly in the area of supramolecular chemistry. I supervise BSc and MChem projects focused on the synthesis of anion sensors, and using hydrogen bonds to direct the formation of supramolecular structures (e.g. pseudorotaxanes).

Education
My educational research interests surround authentic assessment and engagement, both in class and with feedback. I am a member of the Keele Team Based Learning group and am enthusiastic about supporting others to incorporate Team Based Learning into their teaching, and conducting research to investigate the benefits of Team Based Learning.

Teaching

  • CHE10061: Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • CHE10063: Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • CHE20055: Molecular Structure and Reactivity (Module leader)
  • CHE30042: Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry (Module Leader)
  • CHE30046: Synoptic Chemistry Topics
  • CHE30050: Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • CHE30051: Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation
  • CHE40021: MChem Research Project
  • CHE40022: MChem Research Training
  • CHE40024: Research Chemistry Topics
  • Hancock, Laura M.; Beer, Paul D., 2011, Sodium and barium cation-templated synthesis and cation-induced molecular pirouetting of a pyridine N-oxide containing [2]rotaxane CHEM. COMMUN. Vol 47 (21), 6012-6014.
  • Hancock, Laura M.; Gilday, Lydia C.; Kilah, Nathan L.; Serpell, Christopher J.; Beer, Paul D., 2011, A new synthetic route to chloride selective [2]catenanes CHEM. COMMUN. Vol 47 (6), 1725-1727.
  • Hancock, Laura M.; Gilday, Lydia C.; Carvalho, Silvia; Costa, Paulo J.; Felix, Vitor; Serpell, Christopher J.; Kilah, Nathan L.; Beer, Paul D., 2010, Rotaxanes Capable of Recognising Chloride in Aqueous Media  ,CHEM.-EUR. J., Vol 16 (44), 13082-13094.
  • Hancock, Laura M.; Beer, Paul D., 2009, Chloride recognition in aqueous media by a rotaxane prepared via a new synthetic pathway, CHEM.-EUR. J. Vol 15 (1), 42-44.

Selected Publications

  • Hancock LM and Hollamby MJ. 2020. Assessing the Practical Skills of Undergraduates: The Evolution of a Station-Based Practical Exam. Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 97(4), 972-979. doi> link> full text>
  • Capel NJ, Hancock LM, Haxton KJ, Hollamby M, Jones RH, McGarvey D, Plana D. 2019. Developing Scientific Reporting Skills of Early Undergraduate Chemistry Students. In Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton. (30 vols.). Creathach Press. full text>
  • Hancock LM, Jones GR, Plana D. 2018. Lecture Highlights: Repurposing Lecture Capture to Provide Learning Resources for Level 6 Chemistry Students. The Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Jones GR and Hancock LM. 2015. Team Based Learning: A Scratch Approach to Large Group Problem Classes. Journal of Academic Development in Higher Education, 98-103.

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Journal Articles

  • Hancock LM and Hollamby MJ. 2020. Assessing the Practical Skills of Undergraduates: The Evolution of a Station-Based Practical Exam. Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 97(4), 972-979. doi> link> full text>
  • Hancock LM, Jones GR, Plana D. 2018. Lecture Highlights: Repurposing Lecture Capture to Provide Learning Resources for Level 6 Chemistry Students. The Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Jones GR and Hancock LM. 2015. Team Based Learning: A Scratch Approach to Large Group Problem Classes. Journal of Academic Development in Higher Education, 98-103.

Chapters

  • Capel NJ, Hancock LM, Haxton KJ, Hollamby M, Jones RH, McGarvey D, Plana D. 2019. Developing Scientific Reporting Skills of Early Undergraduate Chemistry Students. In Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton. (30 vols.). Creathach Press. full text>
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