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  Studies at the intersect of poetry and the chemical sciences.


   Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This unfunded project will investigate the role of poetry to assist chemistry learning at university level. 

This project will build on preliminary research conducted by the Wren research group.The project will involve gathering published and unpublished poems and designing metric-based studies to capture the positive impact on chemistry teaching. 

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Dr Stephen Paul Wren studied at Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and worked in industry for many years. He transitioned back into academia at Oxford (St Hilda’s College) before joining Kingston University in 2018 where he works as a Senior lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry. Stephen's poetry can be read at www.stephenpaulwren.wixsite.com/luke12poetry and you can find him on Twitter @Stephen34343631. His book ‘Formulations’ (co-written with Dr Miranda Lynn Barnes) was published by Small Press in 2022. His book 'A Celestial Crown of Sonnets' (co-written with Dr Sam Illingworth) was published by Penteract Press in 2021. Also, Stephen's poetry has appeared in places such as 14 magazine, Marble Broadsheet, Consilience, Green Ink Poetry, Tears in the Fence, Fragmented Voices, and Dreich magazine. 

Stephen's Facebook group Molecules Unlimited  is growing quickly and its third online meeting took place in April 2023 (with Philip Gross as guest reader). The fourth meeting of this group aired last evening (with Rishi Dastidar as guest reader) and it was a rousing success. 


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