Declan Fleming is an RSC School Teacher Fellow (at the University of Bath), a secondary chemistry teacher and freelance science communicator

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School-to-University Transition
Student Scientists

Student Scientists

Usually the best way to learn something is just to get stuck in and do it. Have a play, make mistakes, try new things. It’s with this in mind that I’ve always wanted to explore ways of getting school students doing real, novel, useful scientific research. Ultimately this led to the idea that became Decipher...
Organic Mechanism Transition Resource

Organic Mechanism Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in organic mechanism that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they are applied...
Entropy and Free Energy Transition Resource

Entropy and Free Energy Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in entropy and free energy that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they...
Organic Acids and Bases Transition Resource

Organic Acids and Bases Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in acid-base chemistry that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they are applied...
Dynamic Equilibrium Transition Resource

Dynamic Equilibrium Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in equilibrium that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they are applied early...
What a Tweet!

What a Tweet!

Students entering university generally come from a background where they have been used to significantly smaller class sizes than they are exposed to in a lecture theatre. Here the learning process is more dynamic, and (certainly in my own lessons) has a lot in common with a guided discussion.One of the things I wanted to...
Have you done this week's "Pre-Lec"?

Have you done this week’s “Pre-Lec”?

When I studied at university I was acutely aware from speaking to my peers that our educational experiences were in many cases dramatically different. I remember cruising through lecture courses whilst my friends next to me would be sat there grinding their teeth in confused terror and I also remembered the moment I gave up on...
Lecture Capture at Bath

Lecture Capture at Bath

This morning I found the most recent edition of “New Directions …” hiding in the post room and nabbed it for a browse whilst I sat in Ian Williams’ lecture. For those of you who are unfamiliar with New Directions, it seems to be the place to publish for pesky interfering Teacher Fellows when they want to tell...
What do university chemistry students know?

What do university chemistry students know?

I’m nearly two months into my fellowship and suddenly I find the cashpoints are empty of ten pound notes. There are noisy, scruffy people everywhere trying to instigate conversations with me by exchanging stories of queues (this is flattering given my age) and the trees are competing with flyers to litter the streets. Smells like...