Andy Dicks wins 2018 RSC Education Award
May 8, 2018
Professor Andy Dicks was announced today as the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2018 Education Award.
The Education Award recognizes a major contribution to education in the chemical sciences, over a sustained period of time. Andy has received this award for his innovation in organic chemistry education research and practice, most significantly his work teaching green chemistry principles to undergraduates through novel laboratory activities. Read more from the RSC announcement below:
Andrew has introduced oral exams in specific courses, finding that taking students out of their comfort zone enriches their learning experience. His innovative approach to teaching green chemistry involves first equipping students with practical skills through recipe-driven syntheses that have a real-life application, such as making sunscreens. Then he develops their critical thinking skills by getting them to design their own syntheses that are as green as possible. Initially, students are nervous and uncomfortable, he says, but by the end of this model research activity, they reflect on what they are doing and have a deeper and more rewarding experience. ‘They absolutely love it,’ he enthuses.