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Role and Job Title:- Academic Manager – Analytical and Forensic Sciences

Academic Manager for the Analytical and Forensic Sciences within the School of Applied Sciences at USW with 15 years experience teaching in this subject area.

Professional Qualifications:-

Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic Qualifications:-

BSc (Hons) Chemistry – Cardiff University (1996), PhD – Cardiff University (2000).


An experienced academic, course manager, and academic lead with interests in teaching, learning and quality enhancement – 15 years teaching experience in the fields of Analytical Chemistry and it’s applications to Forensic, Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Science.

Teaching includes the following modules:

PH2S48 Bioinorganic Chemistry PH3S12 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (module leader) FP3S102 Research, Employability and Professional Practice in the Forensic Sciences PH4S005 Advanced Separation Science FP4S007 Project Design, Management and Enterprise (module leader) FP4S011 Analytical Toxicology (module leader) FP4D001 Laboratory Research Project FP4T001 Major Laboratory Research Project


Overall responsibilty for the portfolio, quality and development of academic courses in this subject area working with Course Leaders, Module Leaders, Partner College Staff and Professional Bodies to ensure curriculum currency and relevance.

Portfolio of overall responsibility includes the following USW courses:-

BSc/MSci Forensic Science, BSc/MSci Forensic Chemistry, BSc/MSci Forensic Biology, BSc/MSci Forensic Science with Criminology, BSc/MSci Forensic Investigation, BSc Analytical and Forensic Sciences (Top up), and MSc Analytical and Forensic Science.

Also responsible for the portfolio, quality and development of academic courses at USW Partner Colleges, namely FdSc Analytical and Forensic Sciences.


Publications include:-

P. W. Jones and D. R. Williams, “The Use and Role of Zinc and it’s compounds in Wound Healing”, Metal Ions in Biological Systems, 41, (2004), pp 139-183, eds A. Sigel and H. Sigel, Marcel Dekker Inc.

P. W. Jones and D. R. Williams, “Chemical speciation simulation used to assess the efficiency of environment-friendly EDTA alternatives for use in the pulp and paper industry”, Inorganica Chemica Acta, 339, (2002), pp 41-50.

P. W. Jones, D. M. Taylor, L. M. Webb and D. R. Williams, “Computer modelling of the Chemical Speciation of Caesium, Uranium (VI) and Neptunium(V) in Human Duodenal Fluids under fasting conditions”, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 57(2), (2002), pp 159-165.

P. W. Jones and D. R. Williams, “Chemical speciation used to assess [S,S’]-ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (EDDS) as a readily biodegradable replacement for EDTA in radiochemical decontamination formulations”, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 54, (2001), pp 587-593


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences


Internal and External Committee Memberships:-

Member of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science Quality Assurance Committee (USW) Forensic Sciences Course Accreditation Lead at USW Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Education and Industry Group (External) Member of the UK Forensic Science Education Group (UKFSEG, External)


Recent Research Projects (2016 and 2015):

The analysis of cocaine and cutting agents on banknotes by FTIR-ATR spectroscopy (2016).
The effect of short term variable environmental exposure of T-shirts for presumptive blood testing using classical analytical methods and spectroscopy (2016).
Microscopic and Spectroscopic Characterisation of Fibre Composition in T-shirts and Sport Shirts – A forensic approach (2016).
Uptake and analysis of toxic metal ions into hair followed by subsequent ICP-OES analysis (2015).
Quantification of toxic metal ions in river water from local rivers in South Wales and a National Park area using ICP-OES – An Environmental Forensics feasibility study (2015).

The projects above were carried out under my supervision by Integrated Masters (MSci) or MSc students.

PhD Supervision (2012) – EPSRC CNA award, with supplementary financial sponsorship from Waters PLC.

Research Interests include the above and:-

The use of the computer simulation approach to the evaluation of metal-ion speciation and toxic loading and assimilation in blood plasma from a low-molecular-mass fraction point of view, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of chelation for remediation.

The Chemistry of Wound Healing from a Trace Element and Chemical Species Perspective.

Previous Formal Collaborative Research Activities:-
Elemental Analysis of Pollutant and Essential Metal ions in Soil and Crops in collaboration with the University of Ioannina and University of Patras, Greece (2005-2008).

Areas of Expertise

Forensic Analysis in particular Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Analysis, Aqueous Chemical and Biological Environment Simulation, Inorganic Pharmaceuticals.

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