Professor Peter Seville

Peter Seville

Head of the School of Science and the Environment

Head of School

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542242

Career Background

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff in 1994, following which he undertook his pre-registration pharmacist placement at St Peter’s Hospital, Surrey.  Peter then spent some time as a basic grade pharmacist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, before returning to Cardiff University to commence a PhD investigating the development of solution pressurised metered dose inhaler systems.  Following a brief spell as a community pharmacy manager in Caerphilly, Peter returned once more to Cardiff to a postdoctoral research position investigating pulmonary delivery of non-viral gene therapies.

Peter joined Aston University, Birmingham as a Lecturer, subsequently Senior Lecturer, in Pharmaceutics in 2002.  He led the Inhalation Technology Research Team, published several original research papers and has a patent in the area of pulmonary drug delivery.  Peter also served as a member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Inhalation Focus Group steering committee, and co-organised a number of symposia and conferences in the area of inhalation science.  Following a few years pursuing personal interests, Peter returned to academia, joining the University of Birmingham as Deputy Head of Pharmacy, developing a new integrated MPharm degree.

Peter was appointed Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire in March 2015.  In this post, he spearheaded the redesign of the MPharm curriculum in line with the new General Pharmaceutical Council’s accreditation standards; the new course achieved full reaccreditation for the maximum period, with no conditions.  Peter was also involved in the development of new MBBS and Physician Associate courses at UCLan, particularly with reference to interprofessional learning opportunities, and also secured accreditation from the GPhC for a new Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course.

In 2019, Peter joined University of Worcester as Professor and Head of the School of Science and the Environment, where he manages staff delivering a range of courses including Biology (including Animal Biology, Biochemistry, and Human Biology), Biomedical Science, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Forensic and Applied Biology, Geography (including Human Geography and Physical Geography), Human Nutrition, and Medical Sciences.  In this role Peter is also supporting the establishment of a new Medical School at the University.

Peter's interests and experiences cover a diverse range, including: human health in his role as a pharmacist; animal health through his education in veterinary pharmacy; pharmaceutical science particularly the aerosolisation of medicines into the lung arising from his research; and law both in his role as a Justice of the Peace and as the law relates to health care.

In addition, Peter has a keen interest in cooking, and was a quarter-finalist in BBC’s MasterChef!


2016 - LLM Health Care Ethics & Law, University of Manchester
2010 - JP
2007 - DVetPharm, RPSGB
2003 - PGCert Learning and Teaching, Aston University
2000 - PhD Drug Delivery, University of Wales, Cardiff
1996 - PGCert Pharmacy Practice, University of London
1994 - BPharm, University of Wales, Cardiff

Research Interests

Peter's research interests are in the field of drug delivery, focusing on delivering drugs to the lung.  Peters also has particular interests in healthcare law and ethics, veterinary pharmacy and healthcare education.  Peter has a long history of research in the development of inhalable formulations, and in particular expertise in the use of spray-drying technology to generate powders with enhanced aerosolisation properties.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Date Professional body
2017 FRPharmS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


ILTM, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; subsequently        FHEA, Higher Education Academy.
1995 MRPharmS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; subsequently Pharmacist Registrant, General Pharmaceutical Council.


Recent Publications

Davidson N., Tong H. -J., Kalberer M., Seville P.C., Ward A., Kuimova M., Pope F. D.  Measurement of the Raman spectra and hygroscopicity of four pharmaceutical aerosols as they travel from pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDI) to a model lung.  Int. J. Pharm., 2017, 520, 59-69.

Fitzgerald C., Hosny N.A., Tong H.-J., Seville P.C., Gallimore P.J., Davidson N. M., Athanasiadis A., Botchway S.W., Ward A.D., Kalberer M., Kuimova M.K. and Pope F.D. Fluorescence lifetime imaging of optically levitated aerosol: a technique to quantitatively map the viscosity of suspended aerosol particles.  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 21710-21719.

H.-J. Tong, C. Fitzgerald, P.J. Gallimore, M. Kalberer, M.K. Kuimova, P.C. Seville, A.D. Ward and F.D. Pope.  Rapid interrogation of the physical and chemical characteristics of salbutamol sulphate aerosol from a pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI).  Chem. Commun., 2014; 50: 15499-15502.

Xu E.-Y., Guo J., Yang M., Yan J., Xu Y., Li H.-Y. and Seville P.C. Influence of excipients on spray-dried powders for inhalation.  Powder Technol., 2014; 256: 217-223.

External Roles

Date Role
2016-current External Examiner, MPharm, University of Huddersfield
2016-current Editorial Board Member, Research and Reviews in Drug Delivery
2018 PhD Examiner, University of London
2016 PhD Examiner, University of London
2014-2018 External Examiner, MPharm, De Montfort University
2013-2016 External Examiner, MPharm, University of Bradford
2013 PhD Examiner, Monash University, Australia
2010 PhD Examiner, Cardiff University
2009 PhD Examiner, Loughborough University
2008 PhD Examiner, University of London
2007 PhD Examiner, University of Strathclyde
2006 MPhil Examiner, University of Bath
2009 Expert academic, University of Greenwich MSc Pharmaceutical Science and MSc Formulation Science programme reviews
2009 Member, RPSGB Student Code of Conduct Drafting Group
2008 Member, RPSGB CPD Recording Working Group
2008 Member, RPSGB Pharmacy Practice Framework Stakeholder Committee