I have a research background in animal biology, specifically animal behaviour and worked at Edinburgh and Newcastle Universities before becoming a lecturer on undergraduate programmes in veterinary health and welfare at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, and later Head of Higher Education.
I joined the OU in 2009 as an Associate Lecturer (AL) on S104, Exploring Science and since have tutored students on a range of undergraduate science modules at all levels. I’ve been a Staff Tutor in the school of Life Health and Chemical Sciences since April 2017 and manage ALs on SDK100, S294, SK299, SDK228 and SXL390. I am also module strand chair for SXL390, Researching Biology and Health Science, and deputy chair for S295, The Biology of Survival. I have a close working relationship with the Science Student Support Team (SST) in my role as Level 1 Science SST faculty sub-team lead where I act as a link between the SST and the faculty on level 1 module issues.
I am particularly interested in AL development; I enjoy being a member of the Science AL Staff Development Working group and I am working with staff tutor colleague Janette Wallace, on an eSTEeM scholarship project that is assessing the effectiveness of induction for new ALs. We hope to develop a programme that helps new ALs feel more prepared and confident when they start their role.
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