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Andrew Nortcliffe

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Science



Andrew joined the University in 2013 as a postdoctoral research fellow, working with Professor Chris Moody on the "Design and synthesis of sp3-rich scaffolds for medicinal chemistry" funded by the European Lead Factory. In 2015, Andrew was appointed as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Teaching Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry with a primary role to teach a collaborative medicinal chemistry module with GSK, a global pharmaceutical company with historic links to Nottingham through former Chancellor, Sir Andrew Witty. In 2019, I was promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry.

Andrew has established himself as an expert in teaching and learning medicinal chemistry within the School delivering high-quality undergraduate teaching and practical projects, along with supporting research colleagues in medicinal chemistry research. Andrew is a leader of our "Industry-Ready Graduates" strategy - graduates that are suitably prepared for careers within the pharmaceutical industry. To coordinate this, Andrew collaborates with organisations across the sector including GlaxoSmithKline, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and deepmatter. With DNDi, Andrew leads an international active-learning project in medicinal chemistry project with a network of University academics from across the world through the Open Synthesis Network.

Andrew leads our three Chemistry, with Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (MBC) degree programmes (FC17 BSc, FC1R MSci, CF71 MSci with an Assessed Year In Industry) as course director. Andrew is also Head of Year 4 in the School of Chemistry contributes to the Teaching Strategy Group and Learning Community Forum.

Andrew is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads an enhancement-based approach to laboratory teaching and championing teaching recognition for postgraduate demonstrators. Andrew has received two Teaching Excellence Awards from the School of Chemistry (2019 and 2022).

From 2019 to 2022, Andrew was Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the School of Chemistry, chairing the EDI committee, representing the School at Faculty and University level, and leading the embedding of EDI in all aspects of working at the University, including teaching and learning. Andrew continues to work in the EDI field at the University, chairing the School of Chemistry LGBTQ+ Network and sitting on our Athena SWAN/EDI committee. Andrew is also leading our Decolonising the Chemistry Curriculum project.

Teaching Summary

I deliver a research-informed curriculum in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery as module convenor for two modules (CHEM3022 and CHEM4025) and contribute to laboratory modules developing… read more

Recent Publications

I deliver a research-informed curriculum in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery as module convenor for two modules (CHEM3022 and CHEM4025) and contribute to laboratory modules developing experimental projects in organic and medicinal chemistry, including leading a global teaching collaboration with teaching focussed colleagues from seven international Universities in the development of novel antiparasitic agents to which our third-year laboratories contribute. In 2021, I am the laboratory coordinator for organic chemistry projects in the third-year modules CHEM3005, CHEM3015 and CHEM3027.

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