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Prof Stephen Scott
Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Steve has been a member of the School of Chemistry, at the University of Leeds, for almost 40 years, arriving as a student in 1976 and becoming a lecturer in 1985 after a period as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in Sydney. He was subsequently promoted to Reader and then to Professor of Mathematical Chemistry in 1995.

Within the University he has fulfilled a variety of roles including the Head of Chemistry, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Head of Physics. At present he holds the position of Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences where he continues his research into chemical oscillations and chaos for which he has been awarded a series of international prizes.

Steve also has a keen focus on teaching and on all aspects relating to the interests and welfare of staff and students. He has a long-term interest in teaching mathematical skills to Physicists and Chemists. He has published two workbooks in collaboration with students, entitled Beginning Mathematics for Chemistry as well as Beginning Calculations for Physical Chemistry.

As Dean, Steve was keen to set up a group that focuses on pedagogical research in Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds. It was his aim to pull individuals together into a co-ordinated group. With new thinking in education surrounding enterprise and industrial collaboration, Steve responded by developing PRiSM in collaboration with colleagues to encourage individuals to focus on pedagogical research and develop new ideas. The group will act as a network in which information regarding relevant workshops, discussions and conferences will be distributed.