Philippa realised her passion for teaching while helping her friends revise for exams as an undergraduate student. She started to teach more formally during her PhD studies, and now teaches students from first year to final year, in her role as Lecturer at the University of Reading.
“I've always been interested in teaching, and have always really enjoyed it, be it in a practical class or a more formal classroom setting. I like to think I'm quite approachable, so if a student has a problem or a question, they feel comfortable enough to come and ask me about it – chemistry-related or not.
"I will always help students and make time for them. The feeling you have when a student understands a concept or theory after explaining it many different ways, or when a student fulfils a goal, just can't be beaten.”
She was awarded University Teaching Fellowship in 2016, an accolade given to champions of teaching and learning within the University. Philippa is always on the hunt for new ways to teach chemistry, to ensure the subject is accessible, yet interesting and exciting.
“In order for students to achieve the deep learning and understanding they need, the material needs to be taught in an engaging way. I am careful to make sure that my tutorials and lectures are dynamic, and encourage participation from students.
"I have integrated some problem-based learning, screencasts for knowledge transfer and online tests to reiterate important concepts in chemistry. When I try new teaching innovations or material I always ask students for their feedback.”