Professor Alistair Warren

Professor Alistair Warren

Professor of Biomedical Science Education
Faculty Director of Learning & Teaching (Science)
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: C104 Addison building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 4656


Brief career history

  • 1984 to present: lecturer then senior lecturer, University of Sheffield. Appointed Professor 1st January 2007
  • 1983-1984: Wellcome Trust funded post doc, University of Aberdeen
  • 1979-1983: Phd, University of Aberdeen
  • 1976-1979: BSc (hons) in Biological Sciences, University of Aston in Birmingham

Professional activities

  • Director of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science
  • External Advisor on curriculum matters to Medical School,  University of Braga, Portugal
  • Past winner of student run awards for: ‘Rate my Personal Tutor’, ‘Student Voice Advocate’ (both at University level) and departmental ‘Best Teacher’
  • External examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students at several universities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Cork, Galway.
  • Institutional Facilitator for the successful Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Review.
  • Institutional Signatory for the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Licence for the University of Sheffield.
  • Consultant to A3ES, Portuguese quality assurance agency, for accreditation of programmes in both Medicine and Science.
  • Consultant on quality issues in UAE and Ireland.

Full publications

Learning and Teaching

Research imageAs Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching (FDLT) for Science I am responsible for around 5,000 students in Science, including standards, quality assurance, quality enhancement and disciplinary issues. I also oversee curriculum development, teaching and assessment.  I teach across several areas, including Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Science Communication.

As FDLT I have university-level responsibilities including: chair of the Quality and Scrutiny Su-Committee; member of Senate Budget Committee;  chair of the Project Executive Group for the refurbishment of 38 Mappin Street (budget over £8 million),  Faculty Link Tutor for the University of Sheffield International College, TEF Steering Group, and many others.  I support Widening Participation and Outreach activities and encourage opportunities for students to gain employability skills and undertake placements in industry and business.

My aims are: to provide effective induction for students during their transition into university; to ensure effective and efficient assessment; to promote widening participation; enhance the employment prospects of our students and graduates by supporting placement opportunities and fostering better links with employers.  Overall my role is to ensure the best student experience we can and maintain the quality and standards of our programmes.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules

Level 1:

  • BMS109 (BMS151) Cell Biology and (BMS153) Neuroscience
  • IPP102 Integrated Science (Coordinator)
  • IPP101 Breaking Boundaries (Coordinator)
  • MBChB (Anatomy, Neuroscience, Cell Biology)
  • BDS (Anatomy, Endocrinology)

Level 2:

  • BMS246 (human Anatomy - Thorax, abdomen and pelvis

Level 3:

  • BMS351 Gametes, Embryos and Stem Cells (Coordinator)
  • BMS339 Patients as Educators Project
  • BMS349 Extended Library Project
  • BMS382 Stem Cell Biology

Masters (MSc):

  • BMS6054 Ethics, the Law and Public Awareness of Science
  • BMS6351 Gametes, embryos and stem cells (Coordinator)
  • Science Communication MSc Course Tutor, Admissions Tutor, Project supervision, Developing Communication Skills

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Cork BA, Tuckerman EM, Warren MA, Li TC & Laird SM (1999) Expression of LIF and IL-6 in endometrial epithelial cells of normal fertile women and women who suffer unexplained recurrent miscarriage. HUM REPROD, 14, 228-228. RIS download Bibtex download