HUBS Executive Committee
For some members, Career Timelines are available. These have been extracted from Recognising Teachers in the Life Sciences, a fantastic publication by The Physiological Society that was developed in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society of Biology and HUBS.
Professor Paul Lynch
Professor Janey Henderson CBiol FRSB
Professor Simon Guild FRSB
Professor Hilary MacQueen FRSB - Career Timeline
Professor Jonathan Green MRSB - Career Timeline
Professor Julian Park - Career Timeline
Dr Angela Priestman FRSB
Professor Stephen Price FRSB
Dr Steve Bevan FRSB
Dr Sandra Kirk FRSB
Dr Debbie Bevitt FRSB
Dr Helen Packer
Professor Alastair Goldman FRSB
Eleanor Kirby-Green MRSB
Professor Gerry McKenna FRSB (HUCBMS representative)
Dr Graham Wright MRSB (ECLF representative)
Lauren McLeod AMRSB
Laura Bellingan FRSB
Dr Sandra Kirk is deputy dean for the school of science and technology, in addition to chairing the collaboration and partnerships sub-committee of the university academic standards and quality committee. Sandra is involved in cross-university research into internationalising the curriculum, and also participates in research into the effective use of technology in support of science laboratory teaching. Sandra has worked at Nottingham Trent University as lecturer/senior lecturer/principal lecturer/head of department and now deputy dean since 1989. Prior to that she carried out post-doctoral work on collagen genes at the University of Leicester in Dr Raymond Dalgleish’s laboratory. Previously Sandra had completed her PhD and first post-doctoral position working on biochemical pharmacology of dopamine and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors at the University of Nottingham with Dr Philip Strange and Professor Tim Hawthorne.
Professor Paul Lynch qualified as a botanist in 1983 from Liverpool University and continued his studies there being award a PhD in plant biotechnology in 1987. His first post-doctoral post was at the University of Nottingham joining the Prof Cocking’s plant genetic manipulation group working on rice tissue culture and protoplast fusion, supported by the Farms of Texas Company. His subsequent post-doctoral position, still in Prof Cockings Group, was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation Rice Biotechnology Programme and focused on the genetic manipulation of rice and the assessment of transgenic rice plants. In 1993 he took up a lectureship in plant biotechnology at the University of Derby, he was conferred as professor of plant biotechnology in 2003. He has been Head of the Department of Natural Sciences and the School of Environmental Science. Currently he is on secondment to the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office.
When he initially moved to Derby Paul’s research interests remained around genetic manipulation and the biosafety of GM Plants, but this evolved to a focus around the use of biotechnological approaches (cryopreservation) for the conservation of plant germplasm in collaboration with colleagues in the UK, Europe and Malaysia. He also has an interest in the bioavailability of toxic trace metals and micro-anionic nutrients in the environment. As a result of his interests in conservation in 2015 he was appointed as a trustee of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
Professor Janey Henderson studied at Aberdeen and Manchester Universities before gaining her PhD from Durham University, a CASE award with Rothamsted Experimental Station. Janey completed post-doctoral projects at Warwick, Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities before taking up a career in academic leadership in higher education, holding positions as a head of department at Coventry University followed by an assistant dean position at Teesside University with responsibility for academic quality, learning and teaching. She is passionate about the student experience and has a wealth of experience in learning and teaching in higher education.
Janey has a longstanding record as an academic leader and a strong record in teaching and support of student learning, having taught at all levels from undergraduate to postgraduate with consistent, excellent feedback from students and peers. She was also awarded a vice chancellor’s University Teaching Excellence Award for innovative teaching and assessment methods providing an enhanced student learning experience and has been recognised as a principal fellow of the HEA. Janey has also supervised 16 doctoral research degree students to successful completion.
Janey has served as a member of several key national committees including those of the Royal Society of Biology. A former member of the Society’s education, training and policy committee and degree accreditation committee, Janey is currently a member of the Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) committee which assesses and elects university-level educators to the Royal Society of Biology CSciTeach register, and demonstrates her commitment to reward and recognise excellent teaching, a key issue across higher education at the current time.
Professor Jonathan Green is the deputy pro-vice-chancellor for education and the director of the teaching academy at the University of Birmingham, as well as being a member of the academic staff in the school of biosciences. As deputy pro-vice-chancellor he chairs programme approval and review committee, collaborative provision committee, academic policy and regulations committee as well as the progress and awards board. He represents the university on the U21 Educational Innovation Group and the HEFCE Learning Gain Curriculum Project. He is director of the teaching academy – a forum for staff to share good practice and innovation in teaching and learning and promotes recognition of excellent teaching and support for student learning. He has research interests in innovative methods of teaching, including interactive lectures, the uses of different types of assessment and feedback, the inclusive curriculum and the transition of students to university.
Dr Angela Priestman joined Staffordshire University in 1990 as a lecturer in biological sciences. She specialises in parasitology, applied entomology and disease biology and has extensive experience in teaching and research. It was her undergraduate studies in environmental biology at Queen Mary College London that sparked a lifelong interest in parasites and led to a PhD in tapeworm biochemistry at Keele University. Angela next secured a postdoctoral research position at Salford University where the focus of her research moved from tapeworms to haematophagous (blood sucking) insects. Over 8 years she worked on a variety of projects, both in the UK and overseas, funded by the World Health Organisation and the Medical Research Council before taking up her post at Staffordshire.
Professor Hilary McQueen studied at the universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, and is now professor in health sciences in the school of life, health and chemical sciences at The Open University. As well as head of department there, she has been director of teaching and health sciences programme director, and is currently leading the work-based learning office. In spite of a strong focus on teaching, Hilary has not neglected her research and is currently involved in two research strands: the metabolic and regulatory roles of adipose tissue, and ways to support students learning practical skills at a distance. Hilary is interested in promoting the status of teaching in higher education, and has worked with RSB and others on a number of initiatives in this area. She is also keen on improving public engagement in science, and has worked on many broadcast projects with the BBC.
Professor Julian Park is head of school of agriculture, policy and development at the University of Reading. After completing his first degree in agriculture at Newcastle University, Julian set up his own business in agricultural contracting which he ran for five years before starting to teach in further education colleges. He then completed a PhD at Cranfield University as a mature student before joining the University of Reading.
A great advocate of fieldwork and learning outside the classroom, Julian believes this offers students the opportunity to hone their research skills in a learning environment which is both stimulating and often socially rewarding for both students and staff.
Julian is currently head of school at the school of agriculture, policy and development at Reading. He is also a university teaching fellow, national teaching fellow and principal fellow of the HEA.
Professor Gerry McKenna is a former dean of science, pro vice chancellor (research), and vice chancellor and President of the University of Ulster. He was the key architect in the transformation of the University from a largely teaching-only institution in the 1980s into one with a strong reputation for research and knowledge transfer. He internationalised the University through collaborative research and teaching linkages with leading universities in the United States, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia and Australia.
McKenna has been centrally involved in developing many national and international initiatives including the establishment of Universities Ireland (as founding chair), and being co-founder of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS), the US-Ireland R&D Partnership and the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA).Locally, he has been a pioneer of knowledge transfer. He was co-founder of the Northern Ireland Science Park and developed incubator facilities for start-up companies across each of the University of Ulster’s campuses. He chaired the Northern Ireland Foresight: Life and Health Technologies Report.
He is currently vice president of the Royal Irish Academy, President Emeritus and honorary executive secretary of HUCBMS and representative for HUCBMS on the HUBS Executive Committee.
Professor Simon Guild graduated and gained his PhD in pharmacology from the department of pharmacology at the University of Glasgow. He undertook postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, worked at the National Institute of Neurological , Communicative Disorders and Stroke from 1984-1986 on a Fogarty International Fellowship and a Royal Society Travelling Fellowship. He returned to the University of Glasgow in 1986 to a Wellcome Trust New Blood Lectureship in molecular pharmacology and moved to the University of St Andrews in 1991 to a lectureship in pharmacology.
In 2002 he joined the newly restored School of Medicine at St Andrews in 2002 to become the director of teaching/UG teaching dean. He was promoted to a personal chair in medical science and education in 2007 and became the vice-dean for medicine in 2012. He moved to the University of Glasgow in 2015 to become professor and the head of the school of life sciences of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences so returning to the place where he started his academic career.
His scientific interests were in molecular pharmacology with a particular focus on the control of anterior pituitary hormone secretion. He is currently looking at the reverse transfer of the pedagogic rigour of accredited vocational degrees to traditionally less structured scientific degree programmes.
Dr Steve Bevan graduated from the University of Portsmouth with first class honours in 1994 and subsequently obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1998, specialising in genetics. A 5 year position as a post-doc and senior post-doc in cancer genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research (1997-2003) led to tenure at St George’s, University of London (2003-2013). Steve progressed from lecturer to senior lecturer and then to reader in cerebrovascular genetics at St George’s. During this time he developed interests in research, education, management and career development; held the role of associate dean for career development of contract research staff; and developed a postgraduate certificate in research skills for research staff, acting as course director of the PGCRS. This was followed by a move to Cambridge as a principal research associate (2013-2015) and the most recent move to the University of Lincoln as deputy head and then head of the school of life science (2015 - present). Steve was made a professor of human genetics in 2018. Currently combining research, teaching and management, Steve has held a number of roles at Lincoln including director of teaching and learning for the school of life sciences and acting director of undergraduate medicine for the new Lincoln Medical School.
Dr Debbie Bevitt is head of school of biomedical sciences at Newcastle University. Debbie studied biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Sheffield and gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge before moving to Newcastle University. After a short spell working for a university biotechnology spin out company she was awarded an MRC training fellowship to study the molecular biology of hepatitis C virus, followed by a senior research associate position in the musculoskeletal group. During her 25 years at Newcastle Debbie’s focus has shifted from research to teaching and in her current role she leads management and delivery of bioscience, nutrition and sport and exercise programmes in the faculty of medical sciences. Debbie is a senior fellow of the higher education academy and was a recipient of the vice chancellor’s distinguished teacher award. She chairs the university Technology Enhanced Learning group and is a regular member of programme review and approval panels. She has particular interests in student pastoral support, innovative approaches to teaching and assessment, including online assessment, and recognition of teaching in higher education.
Dr Helen Packer is head of department of biological and medical sciences at Oxford Brookes University. A microbiologist with a BSc in microbiology followed by a PhD in biochemical engineering, both at UCL . Her research was very much focused on application of image processing to microscopy first in fermentation and then on moving to Oxford to join Judith Armitage’s research team on bacterial cell tracking. Following on from a NERC Advanced Fellowship at Oxford ion bacterial environmental sensing, Helen joined Oxford Brookes as a senior lecturer establishing research in biofilms before taking on teaching focussed role as programme lead to enhance student experience. From which she moved to her current role. Helen has a strong interest in the development of students, using innovative techniques including OL learning and assessment and skills development, as well as the recognition of diverse academic career paths.
Professor Alastair Goldman obtained his first degree in genetics at Queen Mary College, London in 1986. After a travel break, Alastair became a research assistant at East Birmingham Hospital and undertook his PhD research with Prof. Maj Hultén in the Regional Cytogenetics and DNA Diagnostic Laboratory. Alastair's research was centred on meiosis, the type of cell division that make sperm and eggs. In 1993 he joined Dr Michael Lichten in the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health, USA. There, Alastair crossed the species barrier to work with yeast as a model organism to further studies in meiosis and chromosome behaviour. Following 4 years as a postdoc, he took up a lectureship in the department of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield. In 2012 Alastair became head of department at Sheffield and was fortunate to oversee an exciting period of growth. In 2017 he was offered the dean’s role in the faculty of life sciences at the University of Bradford. There he oversees 4 schools which together covering a wide range of disciplines areas including archaeology, biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, chemistry, forensic sciences and optometry.