Dr Nicholas Brewer



DArcy Thompson Unit, School of Life Sciences

Academic Lead for International College Dundee

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I am a senior lecturer and the Associate Dean: Learning and Teaching within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. I am also the programme lead for the Co-Curriculum and Foundation programmes. I’m Yorkshire born and bred, originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire. I studied Chemistry at The University of Leeds for my undergraduate degree and the University of Manchester for my PhD in Physical Chemistry. My specialism is Physical and Inorganic Chemistry as applied to Biology. I have a particular interest in Thermodynamics and Chemical/Enzyme Kinetics.

My role within the School is to lead on the Learning and Teaching across all the Undergraduate Programmes, with a particular emphasis on the student journey. I am extremely passionate about lab work, especially project work, I am keen to engage and encourage students from day 1 to design experiments and improve their practical skills.

Before I came to the University of Dundee, I taught at Bradford College, my experience at Bradford was amazing, I taught students from non-traditional backgrounds and the majority of these students to begin with were low in confidence but as the weeks and months progressed began to develop into confident, capable scientists. I believe passionately that as many people in our society should have the opportunity to come to University.

  • BSc Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry from Leeds University
  • MSc in Petrochemicals and Hydrocarbon Chemistry from Manchester University
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry from Manchester University
  • Previously a Lecturer at Bradford College in Chemistry, Physics and Maths

Awards and affiliations

Member of the Royal Society of Biology

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Teaching specialism:

  • Chemistry/Physics as applied to Biology
  • Design, Delivery and assessment of lab based practical classes, workshops and lectures.

Other roles within the School and University include: University lead for College to University articulation, Adviser of studies, and Module manager (BS11005, BS11007, BS12004, BS12006 and BS12008).

Modules I contribute teaching to:

  • BS11003         Lab and Research Skills 1A (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11004         Lab and Research Skills 1B (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11005         Lab and Research Skills 1B (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS11006         Physics for the Life Sciences Workshops (Level 1 Semester 1)
  • BS12001         Life: Building the Organism (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12002         Life: The Underlying Structures (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12003         Lab and Research Skills 1C (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12004         Lab and Research Skills 1D (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12006         Chemistry for the Life Sciences Workshops (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS12008         Introduction to Scientific Enterprise (Level 1 Semester 2)
  • BS21003         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Level 2 Semester 1)
  • BS21004         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Level 2 Semester 1)
  • BS21008         Bioinorganic, Biophysical and Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences Workshops (Level 2 semester 1)
  • BS22003         Lab and Research Skills 2C (Level 2 Semester 2)
  • EV22002         Mechanisms and Measurements (Level 2 Semester 2)
  • MBChB Year 1 Student Selected Component (SSC) project supervisor (3 students in 2016/17)




Award Year
Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology 2020