Iain McLellan

Favourite Thing: I really like working in the labs doing experiments.



University of the West of Scotland



Work History:

Policy Officer; Environmental Protection Scotland

Current Job:

Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry


University of the West of Scotland

Me and my work

I’m a chemistry lecturer and I look at air pollution (the stuff that we breathe) and land pollution (where our food grows)

I’m a lecturer in environmental chemistry which means I teach people about the pollution they might face every day like fumes from cars or noise from machinery or land which is polluted with chemicals.

My Typical Day

Lecturing, tutorials and working in the labs

Tuesday is my busiest day of the week.  In the morning I arrive in my office at 7.15 and I check my e-mails, I then go for a coffee to make sure I am awake before I start teaching.

My first class is at 11am but before I go in I have to make sure that I have marked all the tests the students have done and I mark their coursework.  In the class they sit and ask me any questions they want about the work I asked them to complete before they turned up.

After the class I have a big lunch as I then have a four hour lab session with other students – they get to do experiments which involve big flames (which change colour depending on the chemicals present) and liquids that change colour as they add more chemicals.

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

The Corrs

What's your favourite food?

Mac and cheese

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Parachute jump from 10,000ft

What did you want to be after you left school?

A policeman

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Not that I’m saying

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Getting to visit lots of countries presenting my work

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A pilot

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

No mortgate, first class flights whenever I flew somewhere, a nice car

Tell us a joke.

Did you know that you can cool yourself to -273.15˚C and still be 0k?

Other stuff

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