Brief CV

Prof Michael Kevin Seery BA MA MSc PhD SFHEA CChem FRSC

I am a Professor of Chemistry Education and Director of Teaching at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. My area of interest and expertise is in chemistry education.


School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Joseph Black Building, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 3FJ. E: michael.seery [AT] Twitter: @seerymk

Current Roles (Updated Aug’19)

Previous Duties


  • 2019 Royal Society of Chemistry Inspirational Member Award
  • 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award
  • 2011 Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
  • 2009 National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Teaching Excellence Award

Previous Duties

  • Board Member, then Chair, Editorial Board, Education in Chemistry (2013 – 2015, 2015 – 2018)
  • 2004 – 2015 Lecturer, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • 2014 Member of the Royal Irish Academy Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee
  • 2013 Guest Editor, Special Issue of Chemistry Education Research and Practice(on Technology in Chemistry Education)
  • 2013 – 2014 Teaching Fellowship, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Member of DIT College of Science and Health Board and Academic Council
  • 2010-2011 Teaching Fellowship, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • 2009 – 2012, Programme Chair DT203 Forensic and Environmental Chemistry


  • 2009 – 2011 MSc (Applied e-Learning) – thesis on the use of pre-lecture activities to reduce cognitive load in chemistry education
  • 2008 – 2009 MA (3rd Level Teaching and Learning) – thesis on the role of prior knowledge in chemistry performance
  • 2003 – 2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dublin City University – studying photochemistry of polyoxometallate clusters
  • 1998 – 2002 PhD (Dublin) – Investigating [2+2] enone-alkene photocycloadditions
  • 1994 – 1998 BA Natural Sciences (Chemistry), University of Dublin, Trinity College. 1st Class Honours

Amateur History

I also try to be a historian, and have written some books:

  1. you can read about my book on the history of Enniskerry at this website
  2. A study of early school houses in County Wicklow, Ireland, is now available on Google books.

I also maintain a blog on some aspects of the history of Dublin’s streets. I’ve am on the Advisory Board of the journal Studies in Arts and Humanities

Michael Seery RSC HE Award 2012