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 […]

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 […]

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 […]