Dr Glenn Lees

Dr Glenn Lees

School of Chemistry
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Glenn Lees is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Chemistry, specialising in teaching inorganic, organic, physical and practical chemistry to foundation year students.

As well as experience of teaching in the UK higher education sector, Glenn has 10 years’ experience in adult education in the private sector.


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK – 2014
  • Certificate in Training Practice, Thames Valley University, UK - 2003
  • MChem in Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK – 1999


Glenn Lees obtained his MChem degree from the University of Oxford in 1999 including researching the synthesis of spin-labelled BAPTA-based calcium indicators for accurate in vivo determination of calcium concentrations in the research group of Dr Josephine Peach.

He spent 10 years working in the private sector as a trainer, developing and delivering IT and personal development courses. During this time he completed a Certificate in Training Practice at Thames Valley University and was awarded “Trainer of the Year” in both 2006 & 2007.

Glenn returned to chemistry in 2009 to research the synthesis of saccharide-based agents to assist in cancer detection and diagnosis, in the research group of Dr John Snaith.

Following his PhD, Glenn undertook a 2-year post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship with Dr John Fossey, where he was involved in researching the synthesis of azetidine derivatives and co-authored an undergraduate laboratory experiment to determine enantiomeric excesses using 1H-NMR.


Module lead for the chemistry modules of the EPS Foundation Year Programme:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • The Periodic Table
  • Organic Spectroscopy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Practical Chemistry
  • Case Studies in Chemistry


John S. Fossey, Eric V. Anslyn, William D. G. Brittain, Steven D. Bull, Brette M. Chapin, Cécile S. Le Duff, Tony D. James, Glenn Lees, Stephanie Lim, Jennifer A. C. Lloyd, Charles V. Manville, Daniel T. Payne, and Kimberley A. Roper (2016) “Rapid Determination of Enantiomeric Excess via NMR Spectroscopy: A Research Informed Experiment.” Journal of Chemical Education, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00355