Deputy head of department, Biological sciences and Senior university teaching fellow , University of Chester
In addition to being a deputy head of department and being an academic in biological sciences, I am a senior university teaching fellow and help oversee university learning and teaching. I have expertise in innovative learning and teaching approaches and can offer talks or workshops related to: Use of apps for student engagement Voting systems and technology in teaching Large group teaching Assessment and use of online feedback Embedding skills in the curriculum I am research active in biochemistry/structure of carbohydrates and microbiology (quorum sensing/biofilms). I have a number of PhD students investigating these areas.
I spent 40 years teaching and researching, and developed a particular interest in education and career development. I chaired the Education Committee and was Careers advisor for the UK Biochemical Society. In these roles, and my work with students at the University of Manchester, I realised how important it is for young scientists to recognise their skills and be able to "sell" themselves to potential employers (and grant awarding bodies). I now run CV support sessions for young scientists on behalf of the FEBS Education Committee, of which I was a founder member.