University Of Edinburgh Chemistry

University Of Edinburgh Chemistry

History of the School

Old CollegeThe teaching of Chemistry at Edinburgh began almost 300 hundred years ago in 1713 when James Crawford was appointed to the Chair of Physick and Chymistry.

We celebrated our Tercentenary in 2013.

At that time Chemistry was taught as part of courses on medicine and it wasn’t until 1844 and the appointment of William Gregory to the Chair of Chemistry that the subject truly stood apart from medicine at Edinburgh, though as you will discover many of Gregory’s predecessors were Chemists first and foremost. Crawford himself had advocated the separation of Chemistry and medicine, allowing the former to take its rightful place as a science in its own right and this attitude was common among all the professors in the early history of the department. You can read more about these remarkable men in our Professors section.

The department has occupied many sites in its history, from a house at the top of Robertson’s Close in the city centre, to purpose-built facilities in the central campus at Old College and the Medical school through to its current location at King’s Buildings. Each move has brought with it expansions in size and status until the department occupied the position it does now, as one of the world’s leading Chemistry teaching and research establishments.

Today the department carries on the proud traditions of Chemistry at Edinburgh both in teaching and research. Our collaboration with St Andrews to form EaStCHEM will strengthen research in Scotland and our commitment to excellence in teaching which began centuries ago will be carried on well into the future.


University of Edinburgh, Joseph Black Building, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 3FJ.
Tel : +44 (0)131 650 7546, Fax : +44 (0)131 650 6453.

Key Contacts

School Administration

Role Name Phone E-mail
Head of School Professor Colin Pulham 0131 650 4756
PA to Head of School and Executive Secretary Ms Sharon Hawkes 0131 650 5858
Head of Physical Section Dr Philip Camp 0131 650 4763
Head of Organic Section Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones 0131 650 4795
Head of Inorganic Section Professor Jason Love 0131 650 4762
Head of Graduate School Dr Michael Shaver 0131 650 4726
School Administrator Alison Richardson 0131 650 4744
School Secretary Mrs Rona Murdoch 0131 650 7546
Executive Secretary Carolyn Newton 0131 650 4730
School Administrative Officer Ms Denise Wilson 0131 650 4724

School Finance

Role Name Phone E-mail
Finance & Research Administrator Sheryl Vickery 0131 650 6450
Finance Officer Mrs Moira Stewart 0131 651 3311
Finance Officer (Research) Ms Sheila McKay 0131 651 7769
Research Data and Finance Officer Jane Robertson 0131 651 7769

Research, Internationalisation, and Business Development

Role Name Phone E-mail
Director of Research Professor Neil McKeown 0131 650 4807
Director of Internationalisation Professor Neil Robertson 0131 650 4755
Business Development Executive Mr Stuart Duncan 0131 651 3429
IP Development Manager Dr Keith Finlayson 0131 651 7124

Chemistry Teaching Organisation (CTO)

Role Name Phone E-mail
CTO Director Dr Philip Bailey 0131 650 6448
Academic Administrator Ms Linda Burns 0131 650 6451
Course Secretary Mrs Moira Wilson 0131 650 4754
Course Secretary Mrs Susan Maitland 0131 650 4707
Course Secretary Ms Claire Dickson 0131 650 4707
Course Secretary Mrs Anne Brown 0131 650 4754

IT Services

Role Name Phone E-mail
IT Services Manager Mr Jim Barclay 0131 650 4709
Support Officer Mr David Smith 0131 650 4709
Website and eLearning Officer Mr Michael Johnstone 0131 650 4709


Role Name Phone E-mail
Stores Manager Mr John Kenmure 0131 650 4776
Waste Management Mr Tim Calder 0131 650 7342
Stores Assistant Mr Mark Forrest 0131 650 7342
Stores Assistant Mr Simon Cummings 0131 650 7342

Technical Services

Role Name Phone E-mail
Technical Services Manager Mr Phil McDonald 0131 650 4775
Deputy Technical Services Manager Dr Ron Brown 0131 650 7532
Glassblower Mr Stuart Johnstone 0131 650 4829
Mechanical Workshop Mr David Paden 0131 650 4791
Electronics Workshop Mr Donald Palin 0131 650 4795
Senior Teaching Lab Technician Mr Donald Robertson 0131 650 4781

Public Engagement

Role Name Phone E-mail
Public Engagement and Outreach Co-ordinator Anna-Maria Maciejuk 0131 651 3309
Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinator, North and East Scotland Dr Heather Milton 0131 651 7768
Public Engagement and Outreach Co-ordinator (on maternity leave) Dr Jenny Bos 0131 651 3309

Address and Phone Number

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
Tel: +44 131 650 7546
Fax: +44 131 650 6453