Staff profile

Dr Stuart Archer

Researcher (Researcher Development)


My main job at the University of Derby is to create and run the Researcher Development Programme. This is a training and development programme for research staff and students to help them make the most of their research and career aspirations. A big part of this is supporting our staff towards the next Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) submission. I work in the central University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO). 

As a research chemist by training, I also carry out my own independent research in collaboration with The University of Sheffield, UK and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. 

I regularly present guest lectures on the chemistry of food and cooking, at both universities and to the general public.

Teaching responsibilities

I deliver parts of the Researcher Development Programme to staff and students, for example writing retreats and presentation skills sessions.

Research interests

Currently, I am investigating new metal-based molecules that could potentially be used to diagnose and treat skin cancers using laser light. 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have presented my research at a number of research, most recently the Dalton 2018 Conference in Coventry and the International Symposium for the Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Complexes 2017 (ISPPCC).

I have also had the honour to give guest lectures at University College London and The University of Sheffield.

Experience in industry

Prior to doing my PhD, I spend 4 years working as an analytical chemist for AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company. 

International experience

I regularly work with researchers at the Photonics Institute in Jena, Germany as part of my research.

Recent publications

For full details please visit my ORCiD Page.

Blog Posts


Dr Stuart Archer, Researcher Developer at the University of Derby, looks at why academic writing is so important to communicate the impact of your research

Aquatic research facility, University of Derby.

Stuart Archer, Researcher Developer at University of Derby, explains what Research Excellence Framework is and the importance of universities taking part.