Meet the Committee: The ViCEPHEC21 Organising Committee is comprised of three members each from the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.
School of Chemistry
School of Physics & Astronomy
Dr Beth Paschke
Senior Lecturer (Physical Chemistry)
Beth is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and was formerly the Director of Learning & Teaching in the School of Chemistry. She has worked on many projects focused on developing graduate attributes and lab assessment. She has an interest in maths support and in 2016-18 she contributed to a pioneering blended and online maths learning resource for science students.
Beth founded the School’s Chemistry Outreach Group (COG) and maintains close links with local schools. She has been involved in various activities including RSC Chemistry at Work days, the Salters’ Festival, University of Glasgow Science Festival, National Science Week, and other science festivals around Scotland. In 2019, COG was highly commended in the STEM Inspiration Awards (National STEM Learning Network).
Dr Nicolas Labrosse (Committee Chair)
Nic is Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics & Astronomy, and co-chairs the Astronomy & Physics Education group. He develops a strong interest in educational research, particularly on student transitions, belonging and engagement. He is passionate about learning and teaching in higher education, supporting our students, and working with them to build an environment enabling all of us to flourish as individuals.
Dr Linnea Soler
Linnea is a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Learning, Teaching & Scholarship track), where SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning) plays an important role and underpins both her teaching practice and the development of L&T resources. She has both independent and collaborative SoTL projects, with colleagues in Chemistry and from Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Arts.
Her interests include the creation of chemistry education resources, often in partnership with final year chemistry undergraduate project students, for use in HE and in secondary school environments. She firmly believes in power of fun and in and the power of technology to make learning more engaging, interactive, and powerful. The need to support student transition into HE and to help foster a sense of belonging is factored into resource design. Linnea is enthralled with Heritage Science chemistry and with the use of technology and creative multimedia approaches to enhance the learning, assessment, and feedback in chemistry labs as well as the need to create fresh new approaches to lab learning. Linnea has established the ChAMPS (Chemistry Analytical Methods, Practice & Scholarship) collaboration to generate a library of resources intended to support all levels of learners in Analytical methods.
Linnea was awarded the University’s “Teaching Excellence Award” (University-Level). In 2021, she was nominated, and short-listed, for both the “Best Teacher in College of Science & Engineering” and “Best Practice in Online Learning (University-wide)” awards, as determined by the student body.
In addition to supporting the committee, Linnea is the architect of this ViCEPHEC online format. Team Tech (Linnea and Smita) are using their technological and creative skill-sets to build the website, to tailor the on-line conference platform, and to manage the additional e-resources in order to bring this virtual ViCEPHEC to you.
Prof Paul Soler
Paul is a Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Glasgow. He works on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, on the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments in Japan and was the UK Principal Investigator for the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordhire. He has been developing detectors and physics analyses for particle physics for nearly 30 years. Highlights include the discovery of double-charm baryons at CERN, discovery of CP violation in beauty-strange mesons and hints of CP violation from neutrinos.
Prof Soler was the former Convener of Learning and Teaching at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow (2017-2020), which included the process of transitioning to online exams and blended learning during the COVID pandemic.
He retains a keen interest in effective approaches to teaching, including adoption of the flipped classroom technique and other innovations to the traditional lecture format.
Dr Smita Odedra
Smita has been investigating the provision of training and support given to Graduate Teaching Assistants in the School of Chemistry, using a student partnership approach to involve postgraduates and undergraduates in decision-making. She is an early adopter of technology to support student learning and well-being and has been using H5P and Twine to create interactive student resources. She has a growing interest in enhancing lab learning through multimedia resources and animations. In 2020 she was nominated by students for the award of Best Teacher in College of Science & Engineering.
Smita has brought her expertise in technology and visual design to the ViCEPHEC committee. As well as contributing to the team’s conference planning, her role included co-creating the website with Linnea and working on the social media campaign to promote the conference.
Dr Peter Sneddon
Peter is a Senior Lecturer of Learning, Teaching & Scholarship in the School of Physics & Astronomy. He is co-chair of the Astronomy & Physics Education group. His scholarship focus is on skills development within physics education – the tools students need to underpin their disciplinary knowledge. He is also enthusiastic about physics outreach, particularly in helping under-represented groups pursue physics to higher education level.