Chemistry

Department staff

Dr David Belcher

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Technical Tutor

David graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1996 with a BSc in Chemical Physics, later going on to obtain an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Huddersfield in 1999 before successfully completing a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of York and graduating in 2004. Since then David has worked in a number of contract analysis laboratories using atomic spectroscopy for inorganic analytical work, and has spent several years providing technical support to Chemistry teaching in both state-sector and private-sector secondary education.

David joined the University as a laboratory technician in April 2014 and was promoted to Technical Tutor in September 2015, looking after the needs of a busy instrumentation-based laboratory focused on teaching skills and concepts in both Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.

Duties include:

  • Instructing undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in experimental techniques and instrumental methods employed in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry (including safety matters and good laboratory practice) plus in-lab assessment of Part A laboratory work.
  • Supervision and assessment of Part C Analytical Chemistry projects.
  • The preparation of materials, solutions etc. for undergraduate and taught postgraduate laboratory sessions in the areas of Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.
  • Maintaining stocks of chemicals, gases, consumables, lab ware and other materials for STEMLab room 2.11, and ordering any supplies needed to keep the lab running smoothly, plus managing the lab budget.
  • Maintenance, repair and calibration of equipment in the laboratory or arranging with external companies for more complex servicing to be carried out.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, reliable and tidy lab environment and adhering to Health and Safety Policy (including First Aid duties and accident reporting), also liaising with Facilities Management to report repairs needed plus any minor improvements to the existing facilities.
  • Supervising technical colleagues to ensure efficient running of the lab and that deadlines for preparation for experiments are met.
  • Providing occasional Analytical Chemistry support for research in Chemistry and other STEM subjects.
  • Testing of new experiments and troubleshooting any difficulties with existing ones.
  • Participation in outreach events such as Open Days.