Liverpool Skylilne

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Dr Philip Denton

Dr Philip Denton

Telephone: 0151 231 2035

Biography

As Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Science, Phil oversees innovation, implementation, and monitoring in respect of the University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy 2017-22. He chairs the Academic Skills Advisory Panel and Faculty Education Committee and sits on their reporting panel, the University Education Committee. As a Principal Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Phil contributes to BSc Chemistry, BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences, MPharm Pharmacy, and on Level 3 of all School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PBS) programmes with a Foundation year. He was awarded an LJMU Individual Teaching Award in 2013 and was one of 20 LJMU staff shortlisted for the LiverpoolSU's amazing Teacher Award in 2015 and 2017, being nominated in all years that the scheme has operated since 2012. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for many years, Phil was accorded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2014.

Phil’s early research work investigated the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity, with a particular interest in association reactions and enzyme-mediated processes. In his recent research, he has authored and evaluated novel teaching-related software, with a focus on the return of feedback to students by electronic means. He is interested in how students respond to feedback delivered online and how digital platforms can be better exploited to encourage student engagement with tutor comments. In line with contemporary pedagogic research, however, Phil recognises that the intrinsic quality of feedback is not sufficient in itself to promote learning. Inspired by chemistry, he has developed the 'flame metaphor' for feedback that advocates the return of high quality performance information to students (fuel) and a curricular atmosphere (oxygen) that provides opportunities to use this information. However, only if students are assessment-feedback literate (ignition) will information illuminate, and regular opportunities to develop associated skills and attributes must be provided.

Through his role as Associate Dean, Phil is a member of:
1. Faculty Education Committee (Chair)
2. Academic Skills Advisory Panel (Chair)
3. Faculty Management Team
4. Education Committee
5. Strategy Delivery Forum
6. Faculty Forum
7. LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Internship/Project and Teaching award shortlisting
8. Biannual PL/Director meetings
9. Learning Environment Panel
10. Faculty QAEC
11. Science Placement and Employability Panel (Chair)
12. Faculty International Committee
13. Student Engagement Panel
14. NSS Champions Network
15. Biannual Subject/Programme Leader and PVC (Education) Fora
16. IT/Digital Priotorities Group
17. Monthly meetings with Directors
18. Reorganisation of Byrom Street Project Board
19. Timetabling Forum

Degrees

2001, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert (LTHE)
1995, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PGCE Chemistry
1994, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, PhD
1991, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, BSc Chemistry (First Class)

Academic appointments

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Sicence, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
Principal Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005 - present
Faculty Learning Development Manager, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2003 - 2013
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998 - 2004

Publications

Highlighted publications

Denton P, Mcilroy D. 2018. Response of students to statement-bank feedback: The impact of assessment literacy on performances in summative tasks Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, >DOI

Denton P, Rowe P. 2015. Using statement banks to return online feedback: limitations of the transmission approach in a credit- bearing assessment ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 40 :1095-1103 >DOI >Link

Denton P. 2014. Colligative Properties Denton , Rostron C. Pharmaceutics: The science of medicine design :190-207 OUP. Oxford 9780199655311

Denton P. 2013. Introduction Denton P. Pharmaceutics The Science of Medicine Design Oxford University Press 9780199655311

Journal article

Denton P, Mcilroy D. 2018. Response of students to statement-bank feedback: The impact of assessment literacy on performances in summative tasks Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, >DOI

Dobbins C, Denton P. 2017. MyWallMate: An Investigation into the Use of Mobile Technology in Enhancing Student Engagement TechTrends, >DOI

Denton P, Rowe P. 2015. Using statement banks to return online feedback: limitations of the transmission approach in a credit- bearing assessment ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 40 :1095-1103 >DOI >Link

Denton P, Madden J, Roberts M, Rowe P. 2008. Students' response to traditional and computer-assisted formative feedback: A comparative case study BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, 39 :486-500 >DOI >Link

Rhodes CJ, Tran TT, Denton P, Morris H. 2003. Rationalisation of the activities of phenolic (vitamin E-type) antioxidants SPECTROSCOPY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 17 :753-762 >DOI >Link

Denton P. 2001. Generating Coursework Feedback for Large Groups of Students Using MS Excel and MS Word University Chemistry Education, 5 :1-8

Denton P. 2000. A Structure-Activity Relationship for the Hydrolysis of Acetylamino Acids by Porcine Aminoacylase. Bioorg Chem, 28 :205-213 >DOI >Link

Denton P. 2000. Analysis of first-order kinetics using Microsoft Excel Solver JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 77 :1524-1525 >DOI >Link

Denton P, Johnson CD. 1995. Selectivity and the Ritchie equation Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2, :477-477 >DOI

Denton P. 1992. Tertiary amide hydrolysis: the putative alpha-methyl effect Journal of Chemical Research, :410-411

Chapters

Denton P. 2014. Colligative Properties Denton , Rostron C. Pharmaceutics: The science of medicine design :190-207 OUP. Oxford 9780199655311

Denton P. 2013. Introduction Denton P. Pharmaceutics The Science of Medicine Design Oxford University Press 9780199655311

Conference publication

Rhodes CJ, Tran TT, Denton P, Morris H. 2002. Theoretical considerations on the efficiency of the vitamin E-type of antioxidant FREE RADICAL RESEARCH, Conference on European Research on Functional Effects of Dietary Antioxidants - Benefits and Risks 36 :89-90 >Link

Denton P. Measuring the impact of students’ use online assessment feedback: Outcomes of a self-reporting methodology Methodologies for measuring curriculum impact :3-3

Denton P. Towards a shared understanding of assessment: Application of the flame metaphor for feedback Unravelling Assessment and Feedback Literacy Symposium

Denton P. Refining e-marking practices: Embedding interactivity within feedback Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2012

Denton P, Mcilroy D. High-octane fuel? Incorporating a contextualised rubric within online feedback to stimulate higher-order learning International Assessment in Higher Education Conference 2017

Denton P. Generating and e-Mailing Feedback to Students Using MS Office http://caaconference.co.uk/pastConferences/2001/proceedings/, 5th International Computer Aided Assessment Conference 2001

Denton P. Detection of plagiarism in students' work using a novel electronic marking assistant Proceedings of the International Conference on ICTs in Education, Badajoz, International Conference on ICTs in Education 2003 :445-449

Denton P. Evaluation of the Electronic Feedback Marking Assistant and Analysis of a Novel Collusion Detection Facility http://caaconference.co.uk/pastConferences/2003/procedings/index.html, 7th International Computer Aided Assessment Conference 2003

Denton P. The Electronic Feedback software 9th TechEd Conference 2004

Denton P. Students' responses to formative and summative online feedback generated using a statement bank: Outcomes from two quantitative studies Mcilroy D. International Assessment in Higher Education Conference 2015

Other

Denton P. Returning Feedback to Students via Email Using Electronic Feedback 9, 2003, HEA Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Newsletter, 2(1).

Denton P. Enhancing student learning using Electronic Feedback 9, 2003, HEA Exchange Magazine, 4, 23-24.

Denton P, mcilroy D. Student assessment literacy: One element of successful transition? LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference 2016.

Denton P. Optimising the MS Word reviewer tool for e-marking, Optimising the MS Word reviewer tool for e-marking, Jisc CETIS Making Assessment Count Event, University of Strathclyde, 2011

Denton P. Returning interactive feedback with the Tweaktime freeware, e-Assessment Scotland, Dundee, 2012

Engagement & Impact

Fellowships:

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry

Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry