Dr Lorraine Gibson

Senior Teaching Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Personal statement

Line-managing a 15-strong team of teaching and scholarship members of staff in the PAC Teaching School my two key areas of focus include educational management and educational research leadership as outlined below and in the research section

Educational Management

Creating strong and focussed operational teams, assigning roles and responsibilities in the Teaching School to sustain, and enhance, high quality teaching, learning and assessment, leading to an enhanced student learning experience.

Design, create and embed key graduate and employability skills training (GEST) into all PAC programmes:

  • Sustainability, ethics, entrepreneurship, enterprise and emotional intelligence into our programmes.
  • Understanding employers’ perceptions of student skills when entering the workforce.
  • Creating and designing new GEST programmes that are integrated vertically in our UG programmes.

Supporting and sustaining an outstanding student learning experience by shaping resilient student communities:

  • Listening and responding to the student voice in student-staff liaison committees (SSLC), coordination of UG personal development advisor programmes, informal focus group sessions, on-line evaluation surveys and focus groups.

Curriculum Design and Re-Design

  • Lead on articulation agreements with international institutions, develop associated curricula.
  • Co-creation (of curricula, intended learning outcomes and critically aligned assessment plans) with students, staff and colleagues in ODSU.
  • Embedding inclusive and accessible practice and assessment to ensure programmes are relevant to a diverse student population including students with protected characteristics.

Business Growth within the Teaching School.

  • Creation and implementation of new UG and PGT programmes (including on-campus and on-line offerings to home, R.U.K. and overseas markets).
  • Develop knowledge exchange opportunities to expand the Department’s forensic science capabilities by developing international summer schools and CPD workshops for overseas markets.

Implementation of quality audit processes and procedures to ensure all PAC UG and PGT programmes meet accreditation standards set by profession and statutory bodies, and standards written with the QAA Benchmark Statements for Chemistry and Forensic Science.

  • Chair of the Teaching Committee and SSLC, first point of contact for colleagues in student business, student lifecycles and external examiners.
  • PAC member of Executive Committee and Operations Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Honours Board, General Board B, Level 1 Complaints, the Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Department.
  • PAC representative on a range of Faculty Committees including: Faculty Academic Committee, e-FIRST, on-line champions, Appeals Committee.
  • PAC representative on Institutional Committees including: Senate, Education Strategy Committee, Education for Sustainability Committee.
  • Design and run annual Teaching Away Days for the full chemistry staffing.


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Area of Expertise

  • Education management
  • Education leadership
  • Education-led research
  • Heritage and conservation science - Indoor air pollution and remediation of gaseous pollutants
  • Environmental remediation - sorption and photocatalysis of volatile organic compounds and potentially toxic elements

Prize And Awards

UK & Ireland Green Gown Award 2022
Strathclyde Team Medal (member of the Departmental EDI Team)
Strathclyde Medal: Team Award
Strathclyde Medal Awards 2021 - PAC Teaching Lab
Undergraduate Practical Skills Grant Award
UK Anna Plowden Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation Science

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Advancing sustainable practice in an UG inorganic chemistry experiment
Gibson Lorraine, Dodds Christopher, Magowan Hannah
International Journal of Innovation Scientific Research and Review Vol 6, pp. 6380-6384 (2024)
Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student employability skills : an employer’s perspective
Gibson Lorraine, De Pascale Maria Egizia, Burns Emma, Scott Fraser, Walker Sarah
International Journal of Multidisciplinary: Applied Business and Education Research Vol 5, pp. 1207-1221 (2024)
Low-cost colorimetric mercury sensor based on immobilisation of rhodamine B thiolactone in a sustainable agar-agar gel substrate
Nshnsh Klthom M, Cavoura Olga, Davidson Christine M, Gibson Lorraine T
Microchemical Journal Vol 195 (2023)
Lockdown labs : pivoting to remote learning in forensic science higher education
Davidson Katie J, Haddrill Penelope R, Casali Fabio, Murphy Bronagh, Gibson Lorraine, Robinson Margaret, Clunie Alexander, Christie James, Curran Lynn, Carlysle-Davies Felicity
Science and Justice Vol 62, pp. 805-813 (2022)
Kinetic and isotherm studies on the adsorption–desorption of technical-grade endosulfan in loamy soils under Theobroma cacao L cultivation, Southwestern Nigeria
Vaikosen Edebi N, Davidson Christine M, Olu-Owolabi Bamidele I, Gibson Lorraine T, Agunbiade Foluso O, Kashimawo Adesegun J, Adebowale Kayode O
Environmental Science: Advances Vol 2, pp. 257-277 (2022)
Green nanosilicas for monoaromatic hydrocarbons removal from air
Ewlad-Ahmed Abdunaser M, Morris Michael, Holmes Justin, Belton David J, Patwardhan Siddharth V, Gibson Lorraine T
Silicon (2021)

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Research Interests

Educational Leadership Research

Head of Education-Led research group.  Current projects include:

  • Education for sustainable development.
  • Practical chemistry home-kits to supplement 'bench chemistry' experience.
  • Student, staff, and employer reviews to feed back into development of new graduate attribute training and employability skills development.
  • Student projects and internships focussed on the creation of new graduate attributes and employability skills training.
  • Creation, development, and implementation of practical home-kits to enhance a student’s learning experience in practical chemistry and forensic chemistry
  • Creation of intended learning outcomes (ILOs) using the BOLD approach to curriculum design and associated critical assessment of ILOs; working together with colleagues in OSDU.
  • Evaluation of inclusive practices during assessment: A review of marking procedures in final year project theses.

Empowering staff to develop independent careers in teaching, learning and scholarship.

Developing national and international communities of practice on education-led scholarship and pedagogy.

Heritage Science and Environmental Remediation

My interdisciplinary research uniquely combines heritage science and material science.  It thrives through regular and sustained collaborations with chemical engineers, architects, conservation scientists, conservators, environmental scientists and technology companies.  In both key areas of research LTG has an international reputation being recognised as a U.K. authority evidenced by invitations to write 3 review articles in 2013, referee grants and papers (approx.10 per y), organize international symposia and conferences (every 2 y), being an invited member of 2 European Network grants in 2008 and 2013, giving over 10 presentations at international conferences and publishing papers with international colleagues (most recently from North America, the Netherlands and Ireland). LTG’s research group currently includes 3 PhD students and 1 PDRA.  Previously supervised 10 PhD students as first supervisor (all completed), 5 PhD students as second supervisor, 3 PDRAs, 2 visiting researchers and1 MPhil student. Each year the research group is complemented by 3-4 UG students undertaking final year projects (supervising over 60 UG projects since 1999).

Current PhD students (as Co-I)

Ahmed Alhidan, Mahid Haidar, Mohammed Gusbi

PhD students completed (as PI)

Ruth Idialu Ofure, Niki Hamilton, Gina Gabriel, Iain Rushworth, Khalid Mohammed N Alotaibi, Gemma Mitchell, Abdunaser Ewlad-Ahmed, Salah Idris, Claire Robertson, Claire Watt

PhD students completed (as Co-I)

Alsaleh Hussain, Klthom Mohamed Aboshlah Nshnsh, Maura Malgaretti, Abimbola Oladimegi Famuyiwa, Bushra Salim Al-Wahaibi

Postdoctoral Research Assistants (as PI)

Egizia, Margaret Smith, Claire Robertson, Jim Lewicki

Professional Activities

16th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in Heritage and Historic Environments (Event)
ChemQuest – The education for sustainable development game
Empowering Students to Critically Self-Reflect on Graduate Competencies
Sustainable! – Impact of laboratory practice and student reflection
Variety in Chemistry Education / Physics Higher Education Conference
AI & Machine Learning in Chemistry Education Research

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Changes in Teaching Methods Due to the Pandemic - PAC reflections
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 05-Jan-2021
Research Interns@Strathclyde - Examining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on teaching practices within the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Walker, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
Research Interns@Strathclyde summer project
05-Jan-2021 - 27-Jan-2021
Undergraduate Practical Skills Grant Award (RSC funded £8100)
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
25-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Examining the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Employability of Students - an Employer’s Perspective (Emma Burns)
Walker, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Lorraine (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2021 - 20-Jan-2021
Heritage smells (Full)
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
Experts in science (chemistry, physics, statistics), heritage science and sensor technology will drive an ambitious but realistic proposal to develop diagnostic olfactory tools for heritage science. The new devices will be non-invasive, non-contact, portable and simple to use providing real-time data; making them well suited to address cultural heritage questions and survey collections, particularly for objects where potential hazards, access issues or sampling restrictions have precluded study to date. Implementation of energy efficient sensors to tackle heritage problems (rather than large equipment) will also help reduce the U.K.'s environmental footprint. Indeed, there is an overall lack of capacity in the heritage sector both in organic material analysis and volatile organic compound (VOC) monitoring; this research addresses such issues.By merely 'sniffing' the air, questions regarding the environmental and conservation history, composition, condition or stability of objects will be answered. This will empower collections custodians and allow informed decisions about the acquisition, storage, conservation, display and long-term preservation of items, whilst also ensuring the health of those accessing public and private collections. Three key interconnected challenges have been identified where timely research will give the UK a leading position providing new knowledge, expertise and technical developments, informing practitioners in heritage-user defined problem areas. 1: The past use of hazardous chemicals to disinfect/disinfest objects presents risks to those handling or accessing objects. Within this challenge objects will be 'sniffed' to determine if they have undergone such treatments. The data will allow informed conservation /research decisions regarding handling, display, loan and access. Key deliverables include: improvement of scholarly, public and native community use and engagement with cultural heritage and collection preservation, and development of new knowledge data bases that will be used to train portable sensing systems designed for high-throughput object screening. 2: Since the beginning of last century observation and analyses have established that paper is unstable. A by-product of the deterioration process is the production of VOCs. In this challenge a well characterized set of papers will be 'sniffed' to identify target indicators that imply paper instability. A key deliverable will be the development and application of non-invasive portable sampling tools for paper-based collections that can be used to provide rapid on-site analysis of stability and risk. 3: Heritage institutions are continually acquiring objects that contain synthetic, complex and inherently unstable modern materials. The composition and condition of such objects are extremely difficult to characterise and assess. A unique approach will be taken to tackle this problem: measurement of VOCs emitted by modern materials. The data will be used to inform heritage users of object composition and materials instability; interpretation of 'object smell' has not previously been exploited in this way. A key deliverable is development of a new tool for the identification of modern materials at risk allowing mitigation methods to be implemented to retard chemical and/or biological deterioration.This proposal therefore seeks to develop VOC sampling tools to address these challenges without the need for complex or costly instrumentation. Indeed very few heritage institutions have access to laboratory equipment and such studies are impossible to implement. The outcome of this research (development of hand held portable low cost sensors) will be of wide benefit to heritage-users and open the research door to thousands of smaller institutions (museums, galleries, libraries, historic houses) and private collectors.
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2014
Longer Life for Collections
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2007 - 28-Jan-2009

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Dr Lorraine Gibson
Senior Teaching Fellow
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: lorraine.gibson@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2795