Dr Patrick Thomson

Teaching Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Personal statement

I'm currently the head of First Year in the school of Pure & Applied Chemistry. I run the first year teaching laboratory and the chemistry summer school, and I lecture on introductory organic chemistry for first year students. Additionally, I provide staff professional development on several well-established educational enhancements, such as Peer Instruction.

I am interested in chemical education, and laboratory education specifically. Within this area I conduct research on guided inquiry, a framework for building from a novice to expert lab scientist.

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Area of Expertise

  • Guided Inquiry
  • Chemical Education
  • Laboratory Education
  • Peer Instruction
  • Pre-Labs
  • Blended Learning

Prize And Awards

Best poster prize at chemistry education conference
Recipient
22/8/2022
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Recipient
12/8/2019
Best poster prize at chemistry conference
Recipient
21/8/2018

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Qualifications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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Publications

Reaction hijacking inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum asparagine tRNA synthetase
Xie Stanley C, Wang Yinuo, Morton Craig J, Metcalfe Riley D, Dogovski Con, Pasaje Charisse Flerida A, Dunn Elyse, Luth Madeline R, Kumpornsin Krittikorn, Istvan Eva S, Park Joon Sung, Fairhurst Kate J, Ketprasit Nutpakal, Yeo Tomas, Yildirim Okan, Bhebhe Mathamsanqa N, Klug Dana M, Rutledge Peter J, Godoy Luiz C, Dey Sumanta, De Souza Mariana Laureano, Siqueira-Neto Jair L, Du Yawei, Puhalovich Tanya, Amini Mona, Shami Gerry, Loesbanluechai Duangkamon, Nie Shuai, Williamson Nicholas, Jana Gouranga P, Maity Bikash C, Thomson Patrick, Foley Thomas, Tan Derek S, Niles Jacquin C, Han Byung Woo, Goldberg Daniel E, Burrows Jeremy, Fidock David A, Lee Marcus CS, Winzeler Elizabeth A, Griffin Michael DW, Todd Matthew H, Tilley Leann
Nature Communications Vol 15 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-024-45224-z
Exploring the hidden disabilities of mental health in the undergraduate laboratory
De Pascale Egizia, Scott Fraser, Thomson Patrick, Willison Debra
Variety in Chemistry Education / Physics Higher Education Conference (2022)
Introducing elements of inquiry and experimental design in the first year of an undergraduate laboratory programme
Thomson Patrick I T, Lamie Paul
Journal of Chemical Education Vol 99, pp. 4118-4123 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c00311
Supporting a cohort of technical staff toward achieving AFHEA
Savage Katy, Compton-Daw Emma, Thomson Patrick
Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 (2020)
The effect of a revision strategy and metacognition awareness intervention on first year exam performance
Thomson Patrick
Variety in Chemistry Education/Physics Higher Education Conference (2019)
An approach to introducing elements of inquiry to undergraduate chemistry labs
Thomson Patrick, McShannon Lauren, Owens Samantha
Variety in Chemistry Education/Physics Higher Education Conference (2019)

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Teaching

I am interested in chemical education, and laboratory education specifically. Within this area I conduct research on guided inquiry, a framework for building from a novice to expert lab scientist.

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Professional Activities

The WellChem project: mental health, anxiety, and the chemistry laboratory
Speaker
25/8/2023
The one-page reference guide: supporting students in a post open-book world
Speaker
25/8/2023
Jenny Burnham
Host
20/2/2023
Naomi Hennah
Host
12/1/2023
Mental Health, anxiety, and confidence in the chemistry laboratory
Speaker
6/1/2023
Reflections & Innovations in Chemistry & Physics Higher Education Learning & Teaching 2022
Participant
22/8/2022

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Projects

Student Mental Health and Anxiety as a Hidden Disability in UK Chemistry Labs
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Willison, Debra (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
Chemistry Teacher & Technician Networking Meeting
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator)
Hosting an event organised by Education Scotland, and supported with ~£350 of their funding. Included Advanced Higher practical training.
15-Jan-2023 - 15-Jan-2023
North Lanarkshire Technicians' CLPL
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Cleary, Deborah Mary (Principal Investigator)
North Lanarkshire Technicians' practical CLPL day, part-funded by an externally awarded RSC empowerment grant
02-Jan-2023 - 02-Jan-2023
23rd West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
Hosted conference, funded with £1000 from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
22nd West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
Talks held online in Janaury 2022. Practical session held in-person in May 2022. Supported by £1000 of Royal Society of Chemistry funding.
13-Jan-2022 - 13-Jan-2022
Exploring the Hidden Disabilities of Mental Health in the Undergraduate Laboratory
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Thomson, Patrick (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2022

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Contact

Dr Patrick Thomson
Teaching Fellow
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: patrick.thomson@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2347