Personal profile

Teaching Interests

I am the Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and the Deputy Lead of the Teaching Theme for the School of Biological Sciences. I established the Biological Sciences and Biochemistry with a Foundation Year degree programme and was Course Director for these from 2014 - 2022. I organise one biology module taught across the Science Foundation year degree courses; BIO-3002A Introductory Biology and also teach on BIO-3001B Further Biology. I am module organiser for BIO-6023Y Research Skills, BIO-4001A Biodiversity and also teach on BIO-4008Y Skills for Biologists, BIO-5012Y Biology in Society as well as on the third-year module, BIO-6018Y Science Communication and supervise Science Communication project students.


I am an interdisciplinary biologist with a research background that originally started in the field of endangered species ecology which then progressed on to disease ecology and the impacts of disease on different communities. My career to date has taken me to a range of countries where I have conducted research, run research projects and conservation programmes and have also been involved in local capacity building and the training of early-career scientists. On completing my PhD research in 2011 I then took up a teaching post at the University of East Anglia where in addition to teaching across a range of undergraduate modules, I am the Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching and the Deputy Lead for the Teaching and have also have held roles as the Director of Admissions for the School of Biological Sciences (BIO). I am also heavily involved in the Science Foundation Year courses, for which I was the Programme Director from 2017 until Jan 2023. I am a member of the Equality & Diversity committee within BIO and the University-wide Foundation Year Working Group.

  • Associate Professor, University of East Anglia, 2020 -
  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia, 2012 - 2020
  • Module Organiser, INTO-UEA, 2009 - 2018
  • Associate Tutor, University of East Anglia, 2008 - 2012
  • PhD student, University of East Anglia, 2008-2011

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Key Research Interests

My current research interests lie in better understanding aspects of teaching, learning and the student experience within Higher Education. I have published multiple articles for a range of outlets on student belonging, the transition into Higher Education and innovative teaching practice and have active projects in each of these areas. I am a strong advocate for the sharing of best practice and regularly publish examples of this through Times Higher Education, WonkHE and other Higher Education-focused outlets. I also lead a growing Community of Practice focused on Student Belonging.

Prior to choosing to focus on pedagogial research, I trained as an ecologist and had research interests of an interdisciplinary nature. I was involved with multiple conservation and ecology research programmes undertaking research primarily into avian ecology and disease and then shifted to explore the epidemiology of emerging infectious pathogens, primarily with respect to the human-animal interface. I have conducted and published research on highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, Ebola Haemorrhagic Disease and SARS-CoV2.

I am always happy to discuss my research interests, findings and to discuss potential collaborations.

Administrative Posts

Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching

Deputy Lead of the Teaching Theme

Programme Director for the SCI Foundation Year courses (2017-2023)

Member of the Biological Sciences Teaching Committee

Course Director for Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year and Biochemistry with a Foundation Year courses (2014-2022)

Module organiser for BIO-3002A, BIO-4001A and BIO-6023Y

Member of the UEA Foundation Year Working Group

Member of the UEA Widening Participation Research Group

Member of the School of Biological Sciences Exam Board (until 2022)

Member of the Medicine Gateway Exam Board

Member of the BIO Equality & Diversity Committee

Academic Adviser to UG students

BIO Ethics Officer

Director of Admissions, School of Biological Sciences (2017-2019)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

External positions

External Adviser, Plymouth University

Mar 2023 → …

External Examiner, Bournemouth University

Apr 2020Apr 2024

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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