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As a department we are committed to delivering a high quality student learning experience and aim to prepare our students for a diverse range of careers. 

Our biomedical science graduates acquire skills that are at the forefront of advances in medical research, but also possess a range of key transferable skills valued by many employers, many of which are aligned to the characteristics of the Sheffield Graduate.

All academic staff in the department contribute to teaching on our degree programmes, delivering lectures, practicals, project work, tutorials and seminars to students.  A number of our academic staff are Senate Fellows, an award recognising excellence in learning and teaching, as well as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Many achiveing fellowship status via completion of the University's postgraduate learning and teaching course, formerly CiLT (Certificate in Learning and Teaching).

Senate Awards for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Dr Lauren Buck

Dr Lauren BuckLauren is a University Teacher in the department.

I am passionate about creating a positive and interactive learning environment for my students, which nurtures inquisitiveness, collaboration, creative thinking, and enthusiasm for the subject matter - In my opinion some of the key attributes of an excellent scientist, and an outstanding graduate. I am keen to experiment with teaching activities to find new ways to improve student engagement with the subject matter, from interactive activity lectures and external workshops to 3D printing.

To this end, I have developed an original project which incorporates enterprise education into the anatomy curriculum (currently core content for more than 200 students). This exciting project involving external parties encourages students to become creative problem-solvers, to apply their academic knowledge to real life situations and to consider how to communicate their science effectively. In the two years that the project has run, the students have created work of an excellent standard in terms of content and originality. I never fail to be impressed by the talent of our student body.

Professor Matthew Holley

Professor Matthew Holley Matthew is an Emeritus Professor and former Head of Department and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

The greatest transferable skill that we can offer in science is a practical understanding of the scientific method. Thus it is essential to provide students with the opportunities and the freedom to test their skills in the laboratory with a genuine experimental problem. This should include all aspects of experimental design and analysis and it is never too early to start learning.

The discipline of discovery is one of the most exciting elements in any degree programme and at least one measure of excellence in learning and teaching should reflect the opportunities provided to students to achieve it.

Professor Katherine Linehan

Dr Kath LinehanKatherine is Professor of Anatomical Education and Programme Director for MSc Human Anatomy with Education.

Katherine has won two Senate Awards, one in 2005 (Early Career) and another in 2017 (Collaborative Activities) for her excellence in teaching.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Associate of the HEA. Katherine is also one of three University teachers to be awarded National Fellowship for outstanding impact of teaching and support

Fundamental to Katherine’s teaching practices is inclusion.  She has spent over 20 years in Higher Education designing classes that appeal to all learners.  She tailors learning resources and teaching sessions so that they are innovative, student-focused, engaging and accessible to all.  This promotes a positive learning environment where the contribution of the individual is valued irrelevant of the size of the cohort.

Classes and resources are designed to appeal to all students whatever their preferred learning style, study strategy or academic strengths or weaknesses.  Teaching sessions are always interactive and encourage students to reflect upon their current understanding.  They also always incorporate feedback so students are able to determine and monitor their academic progress. This approach has led to the creation of the very popular Mass Online Learning Course (MOOC), Finding Mr X

Excellence in TeachingThis free course allows both the public and students to learn how a Sheffield murder case was solved using forensic facial reconstruction.  The online learning course forms one aspect of the level 3 Forensic Anatomy module taught at the University.  This module, taught in collaboration with the Police, Coroner and Forensic Science Service, challenges undergraduate students to determine the identity of a deceased individual from their osteological remains.

In addition to her undergraduate teaching, Katherine has also designed and created the new MSc Human Anatomy with Education programme.  This unique programme is aligned to the Professional Standards Framework and marries opportunity for students to develop in-depth anatomical knowledge with chance to robustly engage with pedagogical theory and practice.

Most innovatively, the entire curriculum is driven by the learning needs and desires of the cohort to provide a truly individually tailored experience. Week-by-week the students determine the aspects of the course they are finding most challenging, both in terms of anatomical understanding and their own teaching practice, and Katherine tailors the content and method of her teaching to meet their needs!

Dr Louise Robson

Dr Louise RobsonLouise is a Senior University Teacher and Director of Learning and Teaching in the department

I have been at Sheffield since 1996, and teach at all levels across the courses in Biomedical Science.  One of the things I have always tried to do is use new and innovative ways to deliver sessions to students, principally to strengthen their understanding of physiology but also to develop their transferable skills. 

I use a mixture of traditional approaches such as lectures and project work, together with and alternative approaches such as online quizzes, problem solving sessions and lecture capture to deliver modules and sessions.  I am always looking to embed digital technologies to not only teach but provide academic and pastoral support to students as well.  I am also very active in outreach work, delivering sessions in Science Week every year and talking at the Royal Institution in London.  As an enthusiastic teacher I aim to really grab student attention, ensuring I equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed after they graduate.  

 

Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

Dr Nigel Russell-Sewell

Dr Nigel-Russell-SewardNigel is a University Teacher and Education Specialist in the department, with particular focus on providing students in higher education with the best possible learning experience whilst at university.

As well as a key teaching role on BMS6015 (Action research: scholarship in learning and teaching), Nigel is currently developing two modules to be taught on MSc programmes “with Education” across the Faculty of Science from September 2019:

BMS6009 (Students and the learning environment) and BMS6018 (Curriculum and programme development).

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

Dr Lauren Buck Dr Lauren BuckLauren is a University Teacher and Senate Award Winner. Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Daniela I. Cacciabue

DaniellaDaniela is an Associate University Teacher and a researcher at the Centre for Stem Cell Biology.  Key teaching activities include:

Dr Gordon Cooper

Gordon CooperGordon is Senior University Teacher and Examinations Officer in the department with specialist interests in student career skills development. Key teaching activities include:

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Professor Katherine Linehan

Dr Kath LinehanKatherine is Professor of Anatomical Education and Programme Director for MSc Human Anatomy with Education. Key teaching activities include:

  • BMS246 Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • BMS352 Forensic Anatomy (co-ordinator)
  • Human Anatomy with Education (Programme Director)
  • BMS 6017 Anatomy of the Trunk and Limbs (Co-ordinator)
  • BMS6016 Anatomy of the head, Neck and Brain
  • BMS 6015 Action Research: Scholarship in Learning and Teaching (Co-ordinator)

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Dr Louise Robson

Dr Louise RobsonLouise is a Senior University Teacher and Director of Learning and Teaching in the department. Key teaching activities include:

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Fellow (FHEA)

Dr Ivana Barbaric

Dr Ivana BarbaricIvana is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Centre for Stem Cell Biology. Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Mark Bass

Mark BassMark is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

Dr Natalia Bulgakova

Dr Natalia BulgakovaNatalia is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Bateson Centre. Key teaching activities include:

Dr Mark Collins

Mark CollinsMark is a lecturer in Biological Mass Spectrometry and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

Dr Vincent Cunliffe

Dr Vincent CunliffeVincent is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Genetics and a principal researcher at the Bateson Centre. Key teaching activities include:

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Mr Neil Everill

Neil EverillNeil is the IT and Learning Technology Officer in the department and is interested in developing BMS students digital literacy and media skills. Teaching activities include Media and Career Development Skills as components of the following modules:

Dr Chun Guo

Dr Chun GuoChun is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

Dr Dan Humphreys

Dr Dan HumphreysDan is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

  • BMS109-106 Pathobiology  (Co-ordinator)
  • BMS109 Lab Skills & Skills Sessions
  • Level 3 Practical and Dissertation Modules
Dr Marta Milo

Marta MiloMarta is a Lecturer in Computational Biology with a specific interest in teaching BMS students core bioinformatical and data analysis techniques. Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Mohammed Nassar

Dr Mohammed NassarMohammed is a lecturer in the department and principal researcher as part of the Centre for Sensory Neuroscience. Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Anton Nikolaev

Dr Anton NikolaevAnton is a lecturer in Neuroscience and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Andrew Peden

Dr Andrew PedenAndrew is a lecturer in the department and a principal researcher at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

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Dr Martin Zeidler

Dr Martin ZeidlerMartin is a Reader in the department and a principal researcer at both the Bateson Centre and Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Key teaching activities include:

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