Dr. Anna Kirkham

Associate Lecturer in Chemistry

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JB Firth Building, JBF105

+44 (0) 1772 89 3209

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Anna is an Associate Lecturer and Inorganic Chemist who is involved in undergraduate teaching on the foundation year, Chemistry and Forensic Science degrees. She is starting research focusing on d block coordination to polyhydroxycarboxylate ligands.

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Anna graduated from the University of Manchester with an MChem Chemistry and she was awarded The John Salthouse Prize for Inorganic Chemistry. Her 4th Year Project title was “Synthesis and characterisation of thiabendazole transition metal complexes” and her 3rd Year project title was “Synthesis of low spin cobalt(III) clusters doped with chromium(III) and EPR characterisation”.

Anna remained at the University of Manchester for her PhD, her Thesis title was “Uranyl coordination to environmentally relevant polyhydroxycarboxylate ligands”.

Anna then completed a PGCE Compulsory Education and Training, Chemistry at Edge Hill University, QTLS (IfL/ SET) and then taught in a Further Education College in West Yorkshire. Where she was Chemistry A level coordinator and contributed to teaching of GCSE Science, BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science and Access to HE. She is an External moderator for CAVA Access to Higher Education, a standards verifier for Pearson BTEC QCF and NQF Applied Science and an A level Chemistry examiner.

Anna joined UCLan in November 2014 and contributes to courses in the foundation year, first year Forensic Science and all years of chemistry. She is starting research in Inorganic Chemistry focusing on d block coordination to polyhydroxycarboxylate ligands.


  • Member Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Member Society for Education and Training (MSET)
  • Member The Association for Science Education


A J Kirkham, N D Bryan & I May, Uranium Coordination to environmentally relevant polyhydroxycarboxylate ligands, (2006) in Recent Advances in Actinide Science, Eds R Alvarez, N D Bryan & I May