About Me

Prof Michael Seery BA MA MSc PhD SFHEA NTF CChem FRSC

I am Professor of Chemistry Education and the Director of Teaching in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. As Director of Teaching, I have responsibility for managing a large-scale change agenda in how we teach, assess, and develop appropriate graduate attributes of our students.

My research and scholarship is in the areas of learning in laboratories, digital education, supporting students’ independent learning, and methods in education research. My current focusses are studying how we can foster intellectual engagement in laboratories by how we design the curriculum, the development of laboratory competencies, and structuring student learning journeys to foster independence. I am also interested in academic writing, and teaching the process of writing to students, as well as to those new to education research. My teaching duties involves various aspects of physical chemistry, as well as education research methods in a capstone project course.

Community activities

I am a member of the RSC Education Division Council. I organise the annual Methods in Chemistry Education Research (MICER) conference, and I am Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the 2021/2023 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice. Until recently, I was the Editor in Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice (free to access).

Personal Interests

I also try to be a historian, and have written some books on the history of Enniskerry, as well as a study of early school houses in County Wicklow, Ireland, now available on Google books. I also maintain a blog on some aspects of the history of Dublin’s streets. When not working or doing history, I enjoy spending time in my garden and travelling with my partner, Matthew.

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