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 […]

A most monumental academic cock-up

Lately my twitter and blog reader are inundated with chatter about end of year exams and graduation.  So this week I’m going to tell you the story of my most monumental academic cock-up… Upon graduating from my BSc degree I was something like 2% away from a 1st and was called in for a viva for the opportunity […]

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 […]