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Dr Hannah Gauci

Profile summary

Professional biography

FRSB, SFHEA

Current roles and appointments

  • Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Life Health & Chemical Sciences
  • Qualifcation Director for Biology 

Employment background 

  • Associate Lecturer Open University (2009-2017)
  • Head of Higher Education, Moulton College. (2007-2009)
  • Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Veterinary Health, Moulton College (2002-2007)
  • Research Associate, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (2000-2002)
  • Research Assistant, Scottish Agricultural College/Roslin Institute (1999-2000)

Qualifications 

  • PhD Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Edinburgh University (2000)
  • BSc (Hons). Animal Science. University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1996)

Research interests

I have a research background in animal biology, specifically animal behaviour and welfare. Much of my research has focused on farm animal welfare, but I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate projects on a range of species in various environments including horses, companion animals and zoo animals. 

More recently, while at the OU, I have engaged in scholarship and educational research. Current and recent projects include:

'Impact of introducing new practical and dataset project options to the science undergraduate capstone project module (S390)' (https://www.open.ac.uk/about/teaching-and-learning/esteem/projects/themes/other/impact-introducing-new-practical-and-dataset-project-options-the-science)

 'Evaluating a new STEM AL induction programme'. (https://www.open.ac.uk/about/teaching-and-learning/esteem/projects/themes/other/evaluating-new-stem-al-induction-programme)

‘Assessing the effectiveness of the induction process for novice Associate Lecturers in preparing them for the Associate Lecturer role’. (http://www.open.ac.uk/about/teaching-and-learning/esteem/projects/themes/other/assessing-the-effectiveness-the-induction-process-novice-associate-lecturers)

'Summer Series of Journal Clubs: an opportunity to develop employability skills and a sense of community amongst students in secure environments' (http://www.open.ac.uk/about/teaching-and-learning/esteem/projects/themes/supporting-students/summer-series-journal-clubs-opportunity-develop-employability)

Teaching interests

Current modules:

SXB390 Science Project Module: Biology (module chair)

S286 module production team (replacement for S296 The Biology of Survival)

S296 Cell and Molecular Biology (link staff tutor)

 

Academic Reviewer for BSc (top up) Animal Welfare and Management, University College Peterborough (OU Validation Partnership) 

External Examiner for Worcester University, Biological Sciences 2022 - present 

Publications

Horse personality: Variation between breeds (2008-08)
Lloyd, Adele Sian; Martin, Joanne Elizabeth; Bornett-Gauci, Hannah Louise Imogen and Wilkinson, Robert George
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 112(3-4) (pp. 369-383)


The welfare of low-volume farm animals during transport and at slaughter: a review of current knowledge and recommendations for future research (2006-08)
Bornett-Gauci, H. L. I.; Martin, J. E. and Arney, D. R.
Animal Welfare, 15(3) (pp. 299-308)


Evaluation of a novel method of horse personality assessment: Rater-agreement and links to behaviour (2006-07-24)
Lloyd, Adele Sian; Martin, Joanne Elizabeth; Bornett-Gauci, Hannah Louise Imogen and Wilkinson, Robert George
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 105(1-3) (pp. 205-222)


Chronic stress in Sheep: Assessment tools and their use in different management conditions (2004-08)
Dwyer, CM and Gauci, Hannah
Animal Welfare, 13(3) (pp. 293-304)


Alternatives to nose-ringing in outdoor sows: 2. The provision of edible or inedible overground enrichment (2004-05)
Edge, H. L.; Bornett, H. L. I.; Newton, E. and Edwards, S. A.
Animal Welfare, 13(2) (pp. 233-237)


Alternatives to nose-ringing in outdoor sows: 1. The provision of a sacrificial rooting area (2003-10-20)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Edge, H. L. and Edwards, S. A.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 83(4) (pp. 267-276)


Impact of Animal Welfare on Costs and Viability of Pig Production in the UK (2003-03)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Guy, J. H. and Cain, P. J.
Journal of Agricultural Ethics, 16(2) (pp. 163-186)


The cost of increased animal welfare standards in UK pig production systems (2003)
Cain, P. J.; Guy, J. H. and Bornett, H. L. I.
Farm Management, 11(7) (pp. 433-444)


The effect of group housing on feeding patterns and social behaviour of previously individually housed growing pigs (2000-12)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Morgan, C. A.; Lawrence, A. B. and Mann, J.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 70(2) (pp. 127-141)


The flexibility of feeding patterns in individually housed pigs (2000-06)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Morgan, C. A.; Larwence, A. B. and Mann, J.
Animal Science, 70(3) (pp. 457-469)


Practical or data-based projects? Types of undergraduate capstone projects chosen by distance-learning biology and environmental science students at the Open University (2022)
Gauci, Hannah; Robson, Julie; Golding, Jon and Wallace, Janette
In : Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy (29-30 Jun 2022, London) (p 99)


Engaging new STEM associate lecturers with induction activities (2021-03-03)
Wallace, Janette and Gauci, Hannah
In : The 2nd Annual STEM Teaching Conference (3 Mar 2021, Milton Keynes online) (pp. 32-32)


Developing HE practitioner confidence and skills to ensure effective online teaching and student support. (2020-02-03)
Gauci, Hannah and Wallace, Janette
In : STEM Conference 2020 (29-30 Jan 2020, Manchester)


Assessing the effectiveness of the induction process for novice Associate Lecturers (AL) in the School of Life Health and Chemical Sciences (LHCS) in preparing them for the AL role (2019)
Wallace, Janette and Gauci, Hannah
In : The 8th eSTEeM Annual Conference 2019 STEM Scholarship: From Inquiry to Implementation (8-9 May 2019, Open University)


The welfare of deer and wild boar at slaughter: the results of a producer survey (2004)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Martin, J. E.; Arney, D. R. and Simpson, A
In : Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science (2004, York) (pp. 251-251)


Alternatives to nose-ringing in outdoor sows: the provision of a special rooting area (2002)
Bornett, H. L. I. and Edwards, S. A.
In : Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science (2002, York) (pp. 38-38)


The comparative costs of higher welfare in UK pig finishing systems (2001)
Guy, J. H.; Bornett, H. L. I. and Cain, P. J.
In : What Price Cheap Food? British Society of Animal Science Occasional Meeting (Jun 2001, Edinburgh)


Does aggressiveness of individuals affect the feeding behaviour of group-housed growing pigs? (2001)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Morgan, C. A. and Larwence, A. B.
In : Proceedings of the UK meeting of the International Society of Applied Ethology (2001, York)


The effect of group housing on the feeding behaviour of growing pigs (2000)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Morgan, C. A.; Lawrence, A. B. and Mann, J.
In : Proceedings of the International Society for Applied Ethology (17-20 Oct 2000, Florianopolis, Brazil) (pp. 117-117)


The flexibility of feeding patterns in individually housed pigs (1999)
Bornett, H. L. I.; Morgan, C. A.; Lawrence, A. B. and Mann, J.
In : Proceedings of the International Society for Applied Ethology (17-21 Aug 1999, Lillehammer, Norway)