It is OK to borrow a brain

Contrary to popular (student) belief it is actually the A grade students who knock on my door every week asking for help or advice. Nothing illustrates this better than the assignment I have just marked… Towards the end of the second year we allocate students a dissertation research topic/title and supervisor and […]

Incredibly useful PubMed search tools you wish you knew earlier 

“I need to do some reading on this.” This past week I have spent a lot of time on PubMed.  So today I’m following up from a previous post on teaching students and early career researchers more efficient strategies to search and retrieve medical/life science literature. This post will focus on a couple of […]

Access denied!

“It is bad academic practice to limit your search to only literature that is open access.” A key area of frustration for undergraduate life science students in smaller and/or less research intense universities is the difficulties associated with accessing full text restricted access journal articles on the web.  It is challenging enough to perform a […]

That’s one small step for an academic, one giant leap for academia

“We want more of you!” This week I attended a small ceremony to celebrate my recent qualification as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and that’s the point of this post – it was small. If you are not familiar with the UK professional standards framework (UKPSF) and HEA fellowships then read […]

How to connect the life science curriculum

Feeling slightly lost without a poster on exon skipping, this week I attended my first teaching and learning conference.  The theme was connected curriculum and this week’s post was inspired by what, for me, was the key take home message: “Teaching and research belong together and we are going to reunite them.”   I […]

What’s wrong with a teaching-focused career path?

“While you will certainly be an excellent teacher, are you sure about your career choice?” What kind of question is that?  I am hardly switching from scientific research to bricklaying (although by recent accounts I would make a fortune!), but simply have expressed an interest in becoming teaching-focused.  I do not wish […]