Professor 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!


1994       BPharm, University of Wales, Cardiff

1996       PGCert Pharmacy Practice, University of London

2000       PhD Drug Delivery, University of Wales, Cardiff

2003       PGCert Learning and Teaching, Aston University

2007       DVetPharm, RPSGB

2010       JP

2016       LLM Health Care Ethics & Law, University of Manchester


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

1995  MRPharmS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; subsequently Pharmacist Registrant, General Pharmaceutical Council
2003  ILTM, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; subsequently FHEA, Higher Education Academy
2017    FRPharmS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society




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


External Examiner, MPharm, University of Huddersfield


External Examiner, MPharm, De Montfort University


External Examiner, MPharm, University of Bradford


Editorial Board Member, Research and Reviews in Drug Delivery


PhD Examiner, University of London


PhD Examiner, University of London


PhD Examiner, Monash University, Australia


PhD Examiner, Cardiff University


PhD Examiner, Loughborough University


PhD Examiner, University of London


PhD Examiner, University of Strathclyde


MPhil Examiner, University of Bath


Expert academic, University of Greenwich MSc Pharmaceutical Science and MSc Formulation Science programme reviews


Member, RPSGB Student Code of Conduct Drafting Group


Member, RPSGB CPD Recording Working Group


Member, RPSGB Pharmacy Practice Framework Stakeholder Committee