Dr Sarah Walker

Teaching Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry in January 2018 and specialise in teaching organic chemistry and spectroscopy, lead the departmental employability agenda and co-facilitate the industrial placement programme for MChem students. 

Prior to my career in academia, I worked in the not-for-profit sector and also in industry. 

I have an interest in chemistry education research with a particular focus on student employability skills, adoption of new teaching practices and comparison between experts and novices in solving chemical problems.


Tetrazine‐responsive self‐immolative linkers
Neumann Kevin, Jain Sarthak, Gambardella Alessia, Walker Sarah E, Valero Elsa, Lilienkampf Annamaria, Bradley Mark
Chembiochem Vol 18, pp. 91-95 (2017)
Oxidative Heck desymmetrisation of 2,2-disubstituted cyclopentene-1,3-diones
Walker S E, Lamb C J C, Beattie N A, Nikodemiak P, Lee Ai -Lan
Chemical Communications Vol 51, pp. 4089-4092 (2015)
Palladium‐catalyzed direct C-H functionalization of benzoquinone
Walker Sarah E, Jordan-Hore James A, Johnson David G, Macgregor Stuart A, Lee Ai-Lan
Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol 53, pp. 13876-13879 (2014)
Development of Pd(II) catalysed oxidative Heck reactions and CH functionalisations
Walker Sarah
RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2014 (2014)
Ligand- and base-free Pd(II)-catalyzed controlled switching between Oxidative Heck and conjugate addition reactions
Walker Sarah E, Boehnke Julian, Glen Pauline E, Levey Steven, Patrick Lisa, Jordan-Hore James A, Lee Ai-Lan
Organic Letters Vol 15, pp. 1886-1889 (2013)

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My current teaching responsibilities include:

CH107 Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy

CH208 Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy

CH214/218 Practical and Transferable/Employability Skills

CH315/CH306 Practical and Transferable/Employability Skills

CH450/458 Distance Learning - Organic Chemistry

CH437 - Final year BSc programme Career Skills

I am also the Departmental Employability Lead.

Professional activities

Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student employability: An employer’s perspective
Outreach that reaches all
Chemistry for All Outreach Grant Workshop
Senate member - University of Strathclyde (Event)
Strathwide early career researcher seed funding proposals (Event)
Methods in Chemistry Education Research 2021

More professional activities


Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Walker, Sarah (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2024
RSC funded ChemSTEP Outreach project
Walker, Sarah (Co-investigator) Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator)
Working with industrial partners and schools to provide chemistry-relevant career information to secondary school students in areas of low social-economic status. £25,000
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
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
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

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