Dr Kevin Reiling

Associate Dean - Recruitment

School of Life Sciences and Education

My research and teaching falls into two broad areas, one is looking at how organisms cope with the environment, ranging from biochemical through to evolutionary perspectives. The second main area involves educational research with a focus upon student understanding of criteria and subsequent application to assessment. Whilst my teaching areas cover many organisms from many angles of adaptation and survival my research work is focused primarily on plants and pollutants, principally atmospheric.

I am interested in the public understanding of science and have designed and presented many activities to try and highlight the creativity and application of science. Many of these are designed to give an insight into what scientists actually do, trying to help people explore and understand the distinction between the body of knowledge that is science and the actual approach that is science, a favourite thought being “scientists do science the way artists do art”.

Academic qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. “The Impact of Ozone on British Native Plants”. 1990

Certificate of Online Training and Education. Institute of Education. University of London. 2003

PGCFHE. Staffordshire University. 1994.


  • Photochemical oxidants in biological systems and toxic impacts
  • Curriculum design 

Research interests

  • The environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals

  • Student understanding of assessment criteria

Enterprise and commercial interests

Academic Lead for the HEIF funded “Science Working for You” pilot and subsequent management team member when post- pilot was adopted for the faculty. Leading to links with many local companies and schools and collaborative, funded, work with the UK HEI-STEM initiative.


Undergraduate Modules co-ordinated
Bio-skills; Essential Bio-skills; Diversity of Life; Disease, Health and Environment; Evolution and Psychology; Forensic Toxicology

Undergraduate Modules team member
Animal and Plant ID Skills; Forensic Science Independent; Project; Biology Project; British Wildlife; Biological Principles for Forensic Science; Forensic Histories; Work Placement; Research Skills and Professional Development; Comparative Bases of Behaviour

Postgraduate Modules co-ordinated
Drugs and Toxicology; Managing the Consequences of Climate Change; Managing Terrestrial Habitats; Sustainable Greenspace

Postgraduate Modules team member
Project (MSc Habitat Creation & Management); Project (MSc Forensic Science); Project (MSc Professional Engineering)

Specialist Practice (General Practice Nursing); Specialist Practice (Community Practitioner); Independent/Supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals ; Medicine and Man; Science in the Real World


Ranford, J. J. & Reiling, K. (abstract accepted). The impacts of tropospheric ozone on European Holly (Ilex aquifolium L.), its leaf miner (Phytomyza ilicis Curt.) and its parasites. Environmental Pollution

Ranford, J. J. & Reiling, K. (2007). Ozone induced leaf loss and decreased leaf production of European Holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) over multiple seasons. Environmental Pollution 145, 355-364.

Orsmond, P., Merry, S. & Reiling, K. (2005) Biology students' utilization of tutors' formative feedback: a qualitative interview study. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 30, 369-386

Orsmond, P., Merry, S. & Reiling, K. (2004). Undergraduate Project Work: Can Directed Tutor Support Enhance Skills Development? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 29, 625-642

Grime, J.P. et al., (including Reiling, K.) (1997). Integrated screening validates primary axes of specialisation in plants. Oikos 79: 259-281

Davison, A.W. & Reiling, K. (1995) A rapid change in ozone resistance of Plantago major L. after summers with high ozone concentrations. New Phytologist, 131, 329-337

Reiling, K. & Davison, A.W. (1992). Spatial variation in ozone resistance of British Plantago major L. populations, New Phytologist 122, 699-708

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020