Dr Stephen E. Potts

Senior Teaching Fellow


Dr Stephen Potts is a Senior Teaching Fellow with a particular focus on e-learning. He is also the Year 1 Lead. He has worked at UCL since 2016. Before this he was a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry (Teaching & Scholarship) at Queen Mary University of London (2013–2016), prior to which he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Summary of research group

My research is concerned with pedagogy and its evaluation, which involves designing or updating teaching methods, such as assessment, and critically evaluating the outcomes of that design or update. With my focus on e-learning, I facilitate the introduction of e-learning platforms within the department and evaluate their effectiveness in enhancing the student experience and engagement with the subject.

Research highlights
  • Evaluation of a new interactive first-year undergraduate symmetry coursework activity.
  • A new welcome Moodle page to ease prospective students’ transition from further to higher education.
  • Provost’s Teaching Team Award for the #UCLChemAirPoll Project, 2017.
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Queen Mary Students’ Union, 2016.
  • Norman Hackerman Young Author of the Year, Electrochemical Society, 2010.
Research interests
  • Use of e-learning tools as a means of enhancing the student experience.
  • Undergraduate laboratory skills and techniques.
  • General chemistry and scientific skills.
  • Organometallic chemistry.
  • Chemical vapour deposition.
  • Atomic layer deposition.
  • Year 1 Lead.
  • CHEM0005 Chemical Foundations (Lab Module Organiser).
  • CHEM0006 Chemical Skills (Module Organiser, Lecturer).
  • CHEM0011 Chemistry for Biologists (Lecturer).
  • CHEM0014/5 Principles in Inorganic Chemistry (Tutorials).
  • CHEM0024 Synthesis and Characterisation Methods in Chemistry (Senior Demonstrator, Schlenk Practical).
  • CHEM0027 Chemical Literature (Module Organiser, Supervisor).
  • CHEM0058 Advanced Chemical Research Project.