Dr Katherine Linehan, BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCE, MEd (Senior Fellow of HEA)

Kath Linehan

Senior University Teacher
Anatomy Tutor and Course Director MSc. Human Anatomy and Education

Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: C105 Addison building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 2347
Email : k.linehan@sheffield.ac.uk


Brief career history

  • 2013-present: Senior Lecturer
  • 2003-2013: University Lecturer
  • 2009: MEd Learning and Teaching for University Lecturers, University of Sheffield
  • 2002-2003: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Sheffield.
  • 2000-2002: Postdoctoral Researcher, Unit of Ophthalmology, University of Liverpool.
  • 2000-2002: Guest Lecturer on the BSc Sports Science course, John Moores University
  • 1997-2000: Graduate Teaching Assistant whilst reading for a PhD in Cardiology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Hull.
  • 1994-1997: BSc (Hons) Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Sheffield.

Learning and teaching focus

  • Developing teaching strategies that enable students in large class sizes to receive an individually tailored learning experience.
  • Independent learning. Researching and implementing teaching strategies that are effective in facilitating university students to learn independently.
  • The use of technology, such as pod and screencasting, in the teaching of gross anatomy

National projects and institutional projects

  • Student Transition and Retention (STAR) project. A chapter documenting this good practice has been included in a book by Antony Cook of Ulster University
  • The Academic Skills Hub (TASH)
  • Made to Measure-tailoring the learning experience to the individual student.
  • Inclusive Learning and Teaching project.
  • Student Complex Mental Health project.

Professional activities

  • 2017:  External Examiner, University of Leeds
  • 2013: Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • 2012-13: Consecutive Exceptional Contribution Awards (University of Sheffield)
  • 2009: Highly Commended Finalist HEA National Bioscience Lecturer of the Year
  • 2004: Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (University of Sheffield)

Teaching experience

Senate Award Winner 2003

Inclusion is key to the teaching and learning of my students.  I have spent over 19 years in Higher Education designing classes that appeal to all learners.  My aim is to tailor the learning resources and teaching sessions so that they are 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.

Evaluation of the success of a learning session or a whole module is always carried out collaboratively between lecturer and students. This approach allows improvements to be made to the course that are driven by the students who have participated in the module rather than solely by the desires of the teacher.  All of these tailoring strategies empower the student and encourage them to take ownership of their learning.  If the students’ achieve this, then both I and the student have been equally successful.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules

Level 3:

  • BMS339 Patients as Educators Project
  • BMS349 Extended Library Project
  • BMS352 Forensic Anatomy (Coordinator)

Masters (MSc):