Yalinu Poya

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I hold a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Papua New Guinea (PNG), a MSc in Inorganic Chemistry from the Northeast Normal University (China), and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow (UK). I have recently completed part-time online study at the University of Liverpool for a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), a 60 credit Masters-level (Level 7) course leading to a professional teaching qualification and global recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I am currently undergoing Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability Micro-credential at the Open University. 

I am an ASPIRE Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland. My role is to design and teach the ASPIRE modules, a strategic curriculum and a key UWS Curriculum Framework initiative with the primary objective to support students. The ASPIRE modules are designed to support students’ Academic, Professional, and Personal Development (APPD). I am focused on enhancing the portfolio of learning, teaching, and curriculum through the delivery, development, and implementation of this new module at UWS. I am specifically supporting this strategic curriculum initiative within the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS).

I have great interest in sustainable development, science policy, climate change policy, sustainable green chemistry, catalysis, food security, science awareness and science communication.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Learning & Development Working Group, Scotland’s Community of Access and Participation Practitioners (SCAPP) Scottish Framework for Fair Access (Scottish Funding Council)

11 May 2023 → …

Education Community Scotland Committee Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

18 Apr 2023 → …

Glasgow & West of Scotland Local Section Committee Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

8 Feb 2023 → …

PGCAP Course Representative, University of Liverpool

6 Jan 202322 May 2023

Volunteer Editorial Advisor , Journal of the Institute of Chemists Papua New Guinea

3 Feb 2021 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Q Science (General)
  • L Education (General)


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