Dr Duncan Parker

Course Director

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southampton for studying the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in a thesis titled “Uncovering features of chemical reaction networks in complex systems”. In 2017, I became a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester in Natural Sciences and Chemistry leading on a project for the gamification of mathematics teaching, as well as ongoing projects on the refinement of teaching laboratory safety to undergraduates.

In July 2018, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Staffordshire University and more lately as Course Director for Forensics; within this role I have taken up a cross-departmental role in reinvigorating assessment / feedback strategies. I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Higher Education Group and passionately believe in the advancement of teaching innovation for the benefit of future generations of scientists in Chemistry and Forensic Science.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Affiliate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Chemistry


  • Pedagogic Research
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics and Networks

Research interests

  • Chemical and Forensic Education
  • Public Perceptions of Science
  • Applications of Analytical Methods to the Study of Metabolism of Alcohol

Current project students:

  • Comparison of Raman Systems for Identifying Components of Monkey Dust


  • Chemical Principles for Forensic Science*
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Independent Project*
  • Methods of Chemical Analysis*
  • Drug Discovery, Design and Synthesis*

Module leader for modules marked (*)

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020