About the Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre was opened in April 2013 and is situated on Level 2 of the Chemistry Department. The glass-fronted area is decorated with some transparencies depicting important molecules first synthesised within the Department. Alongside the help you can expect to receive from the staff of the Centre we also have some modelling kits available for short term loan.

Who will you find at the Student Services Centre?

There are 11 members of staff based within the Student Services Centre and it is a one-stop shop for all queries about undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Centre is open Monday – Friday 9am until 5pm. Below you can find a little about the team in the Student Services Centre and how they can help you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Dr Bridgette Duncombe

Bridge DuncombeDirector of Undergraduate Studies

My name is Dr. Bridgette Duncombe (but everyone calls me Bridge) and I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS). This is a job that encompasses both the operational and also the strategic management of the Department’s undergraduate programmes, so it is a big job that involves me working with a lot of people from academics, technicians, alumni, employers and current students to make sure our courses are the best preparation for your future employment.


Dr Andrew McKinley

Andrew McKinley Senior Teaching Fellow

As a teaching fellow I am one of the full time teaching staff in the department, working on developing and enriching curriculum activities.   Formally I am a physical chemist with expertise in optical spectroscopy, and I teach on the fourth year course “Advanced Optical Spectroscopy”, in addition to my work in the second year physical chemistry laboratory and the supervision of final year research projects in chemical education.

 From my PhD in “Biophysical chemistry”, I worked as an EPSRC science communication specialist while undertaking postdoctoral research in biophotonics (using lasers in life science) before joining the education team in chemistry here at Imperial College. I am also the department contact for the Imperial Festival and for outreach within the department, so if you have been to an open day or the festival, it is likely that you will already have seen me around! Please do come by to say “Hello”.

Dr Laura Patel

Senior Teaching Fellow Laura Patel

As a Teaching Fellow, I develop novel teaching materials and methods, and implement these across a wide range of courses to enhance the Department’s teaching provision. I teach theory and practical technique to undergraduate Chemistry students through lectures, tutorials and laboratory courses, and also supervise undergraduate students carrying out research projects in chemical education.

As Exams Officer, I work closely Raj Sandhu, Admissions and Exams Administrator, to communicate information about exams and other assessment procedures to all students, to ensure examinations and marking processes run smoothly, and to return results to students. I manage exam-related student difficulties or unusual circumstances, and collate final sets of marks for departmental and external review. I also coordinate review of cohort exam performances, exam board decisions and development of exams and assessment processes. If you have a query or problem relating to taking your exams or to your results, please feel free to come and see me.

Dr David Mountford

David Mountford Senior Teaching Fellow in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

As a teaching fellow I contribute to the teaching of both organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry within the department across the various learning platforms, so will as likely be seen in the teaching lab as the lecture theatre or classroom. I have been responsible for the recent evolution of the medicinal chemistry undergraduate programme and will be coordinating the implementation and ongoing development of this exciting programme over the coming years.  


Dr João Pedro Malhado

Teaching Fellow in Physical and Computational Chemistry

As a teaching fellow, my duties are to teach physical chemistry across the undergraduate programs offered by the department. More specifically, I am also responsible for the development of teaching material in scientific computing, computational chemistry and computer programming.

Working in close contact with Prof. John Seddon and Bridge, I am also involved in the development and improvement of the curriculum of the Chemistry with Molecular Physics degree.

Dr Mike Ray

MRes Programme Coordinator Mike Ray

I am responsible for coordinating an effective and efficient service to the MRes training programme in the Department of Chemistry. I play an active role in developing strategy to improve the MRes Programme to ensure that the content remains up-to-date. I am responsible for resolving a wide variety of student problems that arise throughout the year and act as the chief liaison for the MRes programme, facilitating contact between staff and students. I also coordinate all processes relating to the day-to-day running of the MRes Programme, and I am the first point of contact for students, academics and industrial partners involved in the MRes Programme.

Jo Rimmer

  Jo Rimmer Industrial Liaison Officer

My name is Jo and I am the Industrial Liaison Officer for the Department.  My job is to make sure that as many of our undergraduate students as possible are benefiting from work-based placements and internships, to enhance interactions between companies and students and to ensure that employability skills are being developed appropriately.  I am responsible for developing links with companies and overseas institutes to make sure that mutually beneficial opportunities are available, and for ensuring that our students - and placement providers - feel fully supported throughout the process.  If you are interested in finding out more about industrial placements or discussing your career choices please do come and speak with me.

Doris Pappoe

Postgraduate Administrator Doris Pappoe

I am the first point of contact for prospective postgraduate students, dealing with their enquiries, providing information and advice. I also organise all aspects of postgraduate recruitment, including PG Opportunities Open Day. I support postgraduate students by providing induction, information, guidance and advice throughout their training to ensure they are up-to-date with Departmental and College procedures and policies. I resolve students’ problems and issues, advise them or refer them to the PG tutor or the Director of PG Studies as required. Furthermore, I support the Director of PG Studies, Dr Tim Albrecht in the execution of his duties and responsibilities in order for the Department to provide first class research training, maintain its good completion rates and its outstanding reputation for research. I also support the PG Tutor, Professor Sophia Yaliraki in her endeavour to create a good environment that will improve the overall research experience for postgraduate students.

Raj Sandhu

Admissions and Exams Administrator Raj Sandhu

I am responsible for ensuring the efficient administration of all aspects of UG Admissions and UG examinations within the Chemistry Department. I assist the admissions tutor in all aspects of the admissions cycle from receipt of applications through to acceptance of first year students. Additionally, I also work with the exams officer and I am responsible for ensuring the efficient administration, coordination and running of examinations.