Paul Taylor is from West Yorkshire. He studied for a BSc and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Durham before spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva during which time he also developed a passion for skiing! He moved to Warwick as a Lecturer in 1991 and is currently a Reader in Organic Chemistry.
Paul's research interests are varied and include collaborative projects both with Engineers and with Biologists. He teaches both organic chemistry and key skills to undergraduate chemists and is also engaged in HEFCE funded projects exploring issues in Widening Participation.
Reinventing Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories
In this project Paul aims to reinvent the role of Warwick Chemistry undergraduate teaching at Levels 1 & 2, with the aim of putting learning through practical experience at the front end of the undergraduate learning experience. Specific objectives are:
- To evaluate comparatively students' attitudes to laboratory teaching through "traditional" and "enquiry-based" laboratory classes
- To reinvent the Organic Chemistry units at Levels 1 (ca 100 students) & 2 (ca 80 students) to make them enquiry-based in nature
- To exemplify the possibility of using laboratory classes as primary methods of exposing students to new aspects of theory
- To disseminate the experience gained through the rest of the Department, Faculty, Institution and wider HE sector.