Dr. Anna Kirkham

Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JB Firth Building, JBF109

+44 (0) 1772 89 3209

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Anna is a Forensic Chemistry Lecturer involved in undergraduate teaching on the Forensic Science and Chemistry degrees.

Social Media

Anna's Twitter: @annajkirkham

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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 she 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.

Anna joined UCLan in November 2014 and contributes to courses in Forensic Science, Chemistry and year 0. She completed her PGCert in 2015 and her MEd Professional Practice in Education in 2016.

Since joining UCLan her research interests are in analytical forensic chemistry, inorganic chemistry (coordination of polyhydroxycarboxylate ligands), assessment and the use of technology in learning for forensic chemistry.

She is involved in outreach and organised the show ‘This is Amazing Chemistry’ with a group of undergraduate students at the Lancashire Science Festival.

Building on her FE links Anna is still involved with Access to Higher Education, as a reviewer and external moderator; A level and GCSE Chemistry, as an examiner; Pearson BTEC, as a standards verifier and team leader for Applied Science and Forensic Science; and is principal examiner for NCC Education level 3 Chemistry.


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



External Activities

A level and GSCE Examiner | Principal examiner level 3 Chemistry | Standards verifier team leader for Applied Science and Forensic Science


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

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Module Leader FZ1024 Chemistry for Forensic Scientists, FZ2023 Forensic Chemistry and FZ3500/FZ3501 Forensic Science Dissertation

Involved in teaching on FZC008 Biochemistry, FZ1033 Skills for Forensic Scientists, FZ1804 New Frontiers in Chemistry, FZ3024 Forensic Toxicology, FZ4003 MSc Research Project and FZ4608 Analytical Forensic Toxicology


Variety in Chemistry Education, University of Sheffield, Aug 2018 – poster presentation

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship, University of Bristol, July 2018 – oral presentation

Methods in Chemistry Education Research, May 2018 – poster presentation

Variety in Chemistry Education, University of York, Aug 2017 – oral presentation

UCLan Teaching and Learning Conference, June 2017– oral presentation

Variety in Chemistry Education, University of Southampton, Aug 2016 – poster presentation

UCLan Teaching and Learning Conference, June 2016 – poster presentation

Methods in Chemistry Education Research, May 2016