Teaching Roles

I have been involved with teaching since starting my PhD. This led to me obtaining a lectureship in 2006 when I was responsible for establishing and running the MSc in Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics at the University of Nottingham, increasing student numbers from 6 students to 20 between 2006 and 2012.

In 2009 I was responsible for writing the bid to run the pilot MSc course in Genetics for the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers programme. This program evolved to include more distance-learning, which was vital for our success in being awarded the National contract for 4 courses in Life Sciences in 2011. My focus since then has been the use of technology and e-learning in both distance and campus-based teaching (see the “Technology in Teaching” page for more information).

Feedback on my teaching is essential for my continued development; a selection of comments from colleagues and students are shown on the “Feedback” page.

Teaching doesn’t all take place in a formal classroom environment. I’ve also been involved with the University of Nottingham public open day “Mayfest” where I’ve taught many children (and adults!) the joy of extracting DNA from homemade pea soup! We also ran a similar workshop at  local junior school.


Hopefully events like this help to inspire the next generation of scientists!

Teaching Roles

  • Chair of the University Distance-learning Producers’ Group (2014 – present)
  • Chair of the School of Life Sciences Distance-learning teaching group and overall Director of the MSc Clinical Science distance-learning courses (2009-present)
  • Programme Director – MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Genetics) (2009-present)
  • Programme Director – MSc Molecular Genetics & Diagnostics (2006-2012)


  • Introduction to Molecular Biology Research
  • Molecular Basis of Genetic Disorders
  • Statistics
  • Research methods & Statistics (online)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer Statistics & Epidemiology (2008 – 2012)

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