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Our Team

Director of the Science Learning Centre

Claire O' Brien

MRes, PgDip, BSc(Hons), FHEA

Claire has been the Director of the Science Learning Centre (SLC) since May 2022. Her duties include the management of the SLC staff and directing various activities at the Centre. 

Claire's research background is in the Biological Sciences. To see her research profile, follow her on ResearchGate. Claire's professional background includes four years of lecturing at various HE institutions across the UK, as well as three year's experience as a learning technologist due to her interest in the growing use of technology in the education sector. To see her professional profile, follow her on LinkedIn.



Current SLC Tutors

Our SLC tutors are typically UL postgraduate students who are researching and teaching in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering. They often have previously studied on the modules that we support as undergraduates themselves. They may work in the Drop-in or as support tutorials tutors or both. They are the SLC's most valuable resource.

You can either drop-in to the centre at our scheduled times or book a session with one of our experienced tutors via our SULIS Site.

Please note: Students cannot request to meet a tutor outside the SLC. Any such queries should be sent to  


Pavan Rao


Subject Specialism: Engineering

Available for: Drop-in Centre, Online 1-1 Appointments

About Pavan: "I am a 3rd year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering working on metals used in offshore pipelines and powerplants, I have previously worked on composite materials from a mechanical/material characterisation perspective during my time as a taught master’s student and a research assistant at UL."


Becoming an SLC Tutor

Currently the SLC employs postgraduate students to tutor peers and undergraduates specifically in the fields of Physics, Engineering, Biology and Chemistry. Click here to see an overview of the role of an SLC Tutor.

Postgraduate students who can demonstrate a high degree of academic competence in their particular discipline are invited to email the SLC at with:

1. a CV

2. a brief cover letter

3. at least one academic reference 

We will be in touch in due course regarding your application.