In 2003 I led a review of the Chemistry Course at Oxford which made a number of recommendations for the course's future. This involved considering our courses very carefully and developing our teaching with the student perspective as the starting point.
As a teaching Fellow at Merton College since 1990, and Senior Chemistry Tutor there, I teach across the full range of physical chemistry in years 1 to 3. I believe that the Oxford tutorial system provides students with a unique experience: what sets it apart is that our real purpose is to show students how to develop the confidence and ability to think for themselves, and understand concepts in depth, not just to hand out ready-made information.
Oxford must work to attract the top science students from the UK and overseas. The stimulating and exciting education we offer will inspire all our students - some to become the next generation of internationally leading scientists, and some to be leaders and innovators in a wide range of other professions.