Excellence in Teaching

Graduation 2014As 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.  In addition many staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy  (HEA) and have completed the University's 'CILT' course,  a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching. 

Senate Awards for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Professor Matthew Holley

Professor Matthew Holley Matthew is Professor of Sensory Physiology in the department.

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.

Dr Lauren Buck

Dr Lauren BuckLauren is a University Teacher and Level 2 Year Tutor and Deputy Level 1 Tutor.

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.

Dr Louise Robson

Dr Louise RobsonLouise is a Senior Lecturer, Level 2 tutor and Undergraduate Director 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.   

Dr Katherine Linehan

Dr Kath LinehanKatherine is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Anatomy in the department.

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.

Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

Dr Gordon Cooper

Gordon is a Senior Lecturer and Examination Officer in the department. Key teaching activities include:

Gordon Cooper homepage.

Dr Katherine Linehan

Dr Kath LinehanKatherine is a Senior Lecturer in the department. Key teaching activities include:

Katherine Linehan homepage.

Dr Louise Robson

Dr Louise RobsonLouise is a Senior Lecturer, Level 2 tutor and Undergraduate Director in the department. Key teaching activities include:

Louise Robson homepage

Fellow (FHEA)

Dr Ivana Barbaric

Dr Ivana BarbaricIvana is a lecturer in the department and principal research investigator at the Centre for Stem Cell Biology. Teaching activities include:

Ivana Barbaric homepage

Dr Mark Bass

Mark is a lecturer in the department and principal research investigator at the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD). Teaching activities include:

Dr Lauren Buck

Dr Lauren BuckLauren is a University Teacher and Level 2 Year Tutor and Deputy Level 1 Tutor. Key teaching activities include:

Lauren Buck homepage

Dr Mark Collins

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

Dr Vincent Cunliffe

Dr Vincent CunliffeVincent is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Genetics and principal research investigator at the Bateson Centre. Teaching activities include:

Vincent Cunliffe homepage

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:

BMS227 Career Development Skills

Dr Marta Milo

Dr 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:

  • BMS353 Bioinformatics for Biomedical Science (co-ordinator)

Marta Milo homepage

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:

Mohammed Nassar homepage

Dr Anton Nikolaev

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

Anton Nikolaev homepage

Dr Andrew Peden

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

Andrew Peden homepage

Dr Martin Zeidler

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

Martin Zeidler homepage

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)