Dr Sukhvinder Phull


Phone number: 0121 204 4289
Email: S.Phull@aston.ac.uk                       
Room number: MB124


I sit within two subject groups at Aston, the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) group and Engineering Systems management group. I am currently the Programme Director for CEAC and the University wide Qualified Teaching Status courses.


I teach mathematics, biology, chemistry, sustainability and CSR, to BSc and MSc students, and supervise research projects from BSc to PhD level.

At School level, I am the Associate Dean for Student Experience. This role enables me, along with a dedicated and committed team, to develop and deliver an excellent “student experience” for our students. I am also the School lead on placements and employability.

Although engaged in research in the Science fields, I am now focussing on Learning and Teaching and pedagogical research.

BSc (Hons) Combined Sciences (Biology & Chemistry), Manchester University

PhD in Electrochemical Biosensors, Warwick University


Certificate in Leadership & Management

August 2007 - To Date: Director Combined Honours and Aston QTS Courses, Lecturer in EAS. Director Combined Honours and Aston QTS Courses, Lecturer in EAS. Aston University  -

May 2003 – July 2007: Principal Lecturer/ Assistant Head of Biological and Molecular Sciences - Coventry University.

Sept 1996 – May 2003: Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Chemical Sciences, Programme Manager for MSc & BSc Chemistry courses - Coventry University

I taught and currently teach several modules within the School/University.

LHS Modules

Biochemistry Practical Laboratories Level 1 (2007 to 2010)

BY2NU1Nutrition and Dietetics (2007 to 2011)

BY3SK1 Biology Dissertation for Combined Honours (2007 to 2010)


CH Modules

IS1ES1Enhancing Employability  (2009-2012)

IS2PE1 Preparation for Employment (2009-2012)

IS2PD1 Professional Development and Reflective Practice (2010-2013)

IS3JD1 Integrated Dissertation module (2009-2011)


EAS Modules

Chemical Engineering Design and Build Practical Laboratories (2007 to 2009)

General and Introductory Chemistry (2007 to 2009)

CE1102 Molecular Structure for Engineers (2007 to 2013)

CE1104 Molecular Transformations for Engineers (2007 to 2013)

SE0SST Study Skills - Foundation Year (EAS) – 2009-2013

SE0BY3 Biology - Foundation Year (EAS) – 2010 – 2014

CH3100 Literature Research Project Chemistry 2007 to date

CE3012/CE4004Sustainability Module (EAS) – 2007 to date

EC110A Study Skills Module – Mathematics component (EAS) – 2010-to date

SEP001Work Placement Module 2015 – to date

SEP002Study Placement Module 2015-to date

SEP003 Hybrid Work/Study Placement module 2015- to date

EM4022 – Waste Nuclear Methods – 2015- to date


University Wide Module

SE6000 Embedding Creativity in the Curriculum (QTS module) 2013 – to date

Whilst my research focus is now primarily on learning and teaching research, I am also quite happy to collaborate with colleagues within my discipline when asked.

I have listed below some projects I have been involved with recently.

Investigating the use of the bio-char in the production of activated carbon filters for the removal of pollutants from agricultural runoffs in India.

I am running a pilot project in collaboration with colleagues from LHS studying the possible effect of diet on a student’s performance and achievement.

Another one of my main areas of interest relate to the BME student experience. I am particularly interested in investigating the continued ‘attainment gap’.

Since joining Aston I have successfully supervised one PhD student, Jennifer Allen, Utilistation of Analogous Climate Locations to Produce Resillient Bioddiversity Plantings for Infrastructure Developments. Awarded PhD March 2014.

I am currently co-supervising two PhD students with Prof. Robin Clark:

Muhamad Daud: Embedding Generic Skills & Competencies in UG Engineering Education in Malaysia. Final Year of PhD

Rohaya Kamaluddin: The Value of Professional Placements in Engineering Education in Malaysia. Final Year of PhD

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) (Analytical and Sonochemistry Divisions)

Member of the Forensic Science Society

Aston Representative for HEA Physical Sciences

Member of the National Network for Combined/Joint Honours (HEA) 

1. Andrews, J., Clark R. & Phull, S. (2015). “Making Molehills out of Mountains: Peer Mentoring in Engineering Education – A Case-Study”. REES Bi-Annual Conference. June. Dublin. Research Paper: Student Support

2. Andrews, J., Clark R. & Phull, S. (2015). Higher Education, Equality & Ethnicity: The Attainment Gap – What should we be doing? Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference. Newport. Research Paper. Widening Participation.

3. Andrews, J., Clark R. & Phull, S. (2014). “Tackling Transition! Peer Mentoring in Engineering Education – A UK Perspective”. Accepted for publication at SEFI Annual Conference. September, Birmingham University. Research Paper: Engineering Education Research

4. Junek, R; Morrow, R ; Phull SS; Schoenherr,JI  ; Schubert, R; Kallmeyer, R; Klocking, R, (2008) Bimodal effect of humic acids on the LPS-induced TNF-alpha release from differentiated U937 cells. Phytomedicine , 16, 5, 470-476.