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Dr Vicky Hilborne
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20 Gordon Street
20 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0AJ
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Appointment
  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

Dr Victoria Hilborne is a Lecturer (Teaching) for University College London (UCL) Department of Chemistry, developing new teaching in analytical and physical chemistry with interest in application to environmental chemistry. Since joining UCL Chemistry in 2016, Vicky has substantially developedand modernised new physical and analytical chemistry data processing andlaboratory courses, plus introduced new approaches to assessment and feedback inlevel 7 Topics in Modern Chemistry. Before joining UCL she was a lecturer and senior technician in Analytical Chemistry for forensic, biosciences and chemical engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU). During her time at LSBU she gained her PhD in measurement of contaminant dispersion in ventilated indoor air and predictive model development. Prior to joining LSBU she worked as a Food Health and Safety Scientist for Camden BRI (formerly Brewing Research International) and for NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology tracing rural atmospheric ozone. She has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry from Edinburgh University. Before studying for her first degree, Vicky worked in product development and quality control for Procter and Gamble and Valentine paints. Vicky is an elected as a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council and of the London Toxicology group committee, where she has also presented her work at associated conferences and workshops. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Summary

Analytical and environment chemistry. Contaminant dispersion in ventilated indoor air and predictive model development, won a Pexa Award for her publication on this topic and gained a patent for a hand held portable detector of drug contaminants in drinks. Her research activities on contaminant detection and dispersion modelling in water and air ranged from drugs in surface waters to hazardous gas emissions in nuclear fuel reprocessing.  More recently Vicky has presented her work in teaching and learning development and ideas for research in STEM subject teaching delivery. In 2021 she won a Provost Education Award - Assessment and Feedback.

Teaching Summary

Design and deliver ‘Data Analysis and Theory’ (with staff from the National Measurement Laboratory) and ‘Analytical environmental chemistry’ for the MSc Applied Analytical Chemistry Degree. Design and co-deliver a new Analytical Environmental Chemistry module for the third year undergraduate chemistry degree. Develop new and modified undergraduate, physical chemistry teaching laboratories to include a substantial analytical chemistry component, for levels 4 to 7. Develop and deliver Post Graduate Teaching Assistant, chemistry laboratory teaching training for demonstrating and marking of lab work. Supervise MSci and MSc Analytical Chemistry research projects on environmental contaminants using LCMSMS and sensor development. Second year physical chemistry tutorials. 

Academic Background
2014   Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education London South Bank University
2012   Doctor of Philosophy London South Bank University
1993   Bachelor of Science University of Edinburgh
    ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector  
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
    PGCE.  
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