Dr Jennifer A. Burnham
Senior University Teacher
Term time office hours: 14:00 - 16:00 every Monday in term time
Dr Jenny Burnham did a BSc in Chemistry with Studies in Continental Europe at the University of Bristol and then specialised as a main group chemist with doctoral studies on boron monohalide and polyboron halide chemistry and postdoctoral work on indium monohalide chemistry and precursors for cadmium mercury telluride devices. Jenny has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sheffield since 2005. She is head of the Inorganic Chemistry teaching section. She delivers lectures, tutorials, project work, and laboratory classes and runs the Level 2 synthetic laboratories. She completed an MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Sheffield in 2012, is a University of Sheffield Senate Award winner for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In her own words "I go by the name of Jenny Burnham and I firmly believe that boron is the best element in the periodic table."
Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2013)
MRSC, CChem, SFHEA
MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2012)
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory; Main Group Chemistry; Science Teaching Network
- Combining Sustainable Synthesis of a Versatile Ruthenium Dihydride Complex with Structure Determination Using Group Theory and Spectroscopy.
Armstrong C, Burnham JA & Warminski EE, Journal of Chemical Education, 94(7), 928-931, (2017).
- The Impact of a Teaching specialist in a Research-led University.
Burnham JAJ, Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 11(1), 23-32, (2016).
- Opportunistic use of students for solving laboratory problems: Twelve heads are better than one.
Burnham JAJ, New Directions, 9(1), 42-48, (2013).
I love teaching. I love seeing students develop from nervous first years to confident graduates and talented postgraduates. It is fascinating to learn about the process of learning and seeing it from the perspective of a student again is instructive. To that end, I have completed an MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and continue to do research into my teaching practice. I believe the potential of my students is enormous and it should be tapped and their skills developed. My teaching aims to stretch students, giving them the opportunity to practice less-familiar skills before they get to the work-place, and encouraging them to consolidate their learning so that material is learned for more than the two weeks of the revision period.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senate Award winner for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Undergraduate Courses Taught
- Main Group Chemistry 1 (Year 2)
This segment will explore the relationship between the atomic properties and molecular behaviour of some s- and p-block compounds.
- Second Year Inorganic and Organic Laboratories
The second year Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Laboratory curricula have been designed to build on the first year lab through a balanced programme of experiments covering the main branches of inorganic and organic chemistry. Students will become masters of the key techniques and methods of synthetic chemistry and be introduced to more advanced techniques such as synthesis under inert atmosphere and chromatographic separation, and they will become practised in spectroscopic characterisation.
- Chemistry Projects – Skills for Success (Year 3; course designer)
Skills for success is based on the philosophy that students should be able to customise their degree in order to develop the particular skills they need for their future. Students are required to apply for their choice of project, complete the project itself, and then reflect on their experiences in order to solidify their learning. Examples of previous project work included gaining work experience in the department, debating philosophical issues from chemistry, researching a particular molecule, writing and hosting a radio show, and experimenting in the kitchen.
- Inorganic Laboratory Teaching
- Organic Laboratory Teaching
- Armstrong C, Burnham JA & Warminski EE (2017) Combining Sustainable Synthesis of a Versatile Ruthenium Dihydride Complex with Structure Determination Using Group Theory and Spectroscopy. Journal of Chemical Education, 94(7), 928-931. View this article in WRRO
- Burnham JAJ (2016) The Impact of a Teaching Specialist in a Research Led University. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 11(1), 23-32. View this article in WRRO
- Burnham JAJ (2013) Opportunistic use of students for solving laboratory problems: Twelve heads are better than one. New Directions, 9(1), 42-48. View this article in WRRO