Paul Yates


Paul Yates has a BSc in Chemical Physics, a PhD in Chemistry and an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. After several years lecturing in physical chemistry at Keele University he moved into educational development. He was subsequently able to combine this experience in the post of Discipline Lead for the Physical Sciences at the Higher Education Academy. He has a long standing interest in the development of mathematical skills and is the author of two textbooks on mathematics for chemists. Since returning to the university sector he has developed an interest in the way in which data and metrics is used by various stakeholders including student supporters.

He received a Keele University Excellence in Teaching Award, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently an external examiner for the BSc Applied Science degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands.


Research Interests

Current research interests include the perception and used of university performance metrics by stakeholders including students and their supporters.


Paul’s areas of interest include supporting student learning in higher education and higher education practice.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Leader of the CPD Route to Higher Education Academy Fellowship scheme.
  • Joint author of institutional provider submission to the Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • Author of university reports related to TEF and related metrics.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association.
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Higher Education Academy reviewer of National Teaching Fellowships and Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

Other Activities

Conferences and Other Research Activity

  • A New European Initiative for the Development of New Faculty, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2007 Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2007.
  • Training Newly Appointed University Chemistry Teaching Staff: A European Summer School, 9th European Conference on Research in Chemical Education, Istanbul, Turkey, 2008.
  • Developing the Mathematical Literacy of Chemists, 20th Biennial Conference in Chemical Education, Indiana, USA, 2008.
  • Teaching Academic Staff to Teach: The Role of Institutions and Disciplines, Techno TN Forum, Brussels, Belgium, 2009.
  • Ten important ideas for university lecturers, 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Nuremberg, Germany 2010.
  • Skills for University Lecturers, 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Nuremberg, Germany 2010.
  • Online Researcher Supervisor Training: An Action Research Project, Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom 2011.
  • The Eurolecturer Award To Recognise University Chemistry Teaching Staff In Europe, 22nd International Conference on Chemical Education/11th European Conference on Research in Chemical Education, Rome, 2012.
  • Academic Staff Development in the United Kingdom: local, national and international perspectives, Arsdocendi- the developmentof selectedprofessional qualifications ofteachers anddoctoral students, Krakow, Poland, 2014.
  • Defining Excellent Chemistry Teaching, 6th European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences Chemistry Congress, Seville, Spain, 2016 (Education and Society topic plenary talk).


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Yates, P.C. (2012) ‘New strategies for teaching maths to chemistry students’, Anal Bioanal Chem,, 404 (10), pp. 2787-2792.


Yates, P.C. (2005) Chemical Calculations at a Glance. Oxford: Blackwell.

Yates, P.C. (2007) Chemical Calculations. 2nd edn. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Chapters in Books

Brindell, M., Maciejowska, I., Mania, J., Woźniakiewicz, M., Wietecha-Posluszny, R. and Yates, P.C. (2007) ‘Residential Course – New Proposal for Academic Teachers’ Training’ in Annals of the Polish Chemical Society. [Accessed 8 Jan. 2018].

Maciejowska, I. and Yates, P.C. (2009) ‘Training Programmes for Newly Appointed University Chemistry Teaching Staff’, in Eilks, I. and Byers, B. (eds.) Innovative Methods of Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Higher Education. Cambridge: RSC Publishing, pp. 229-255.

Non-refereed Journal Articles

Yates, P.C. (2014) ‘Supporting mathematics for chemists’, Education in Chemistry 51, pp. 32.


Shallcross, D.E. and Yates, P.C. (2014) Skills in Mathematics and Statistics in Chemistry and Tackling Transition, Higher Education Academy STEM project series. York: Higher Education Academy.