Dr Susan Bird

Senior Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

I have been lecturing full-time at Staffordshire University since 1998, the majority of that time in the role of senior lecturer. My subject specialism is biochemistry and allied areas. A core area of my delivery and interest has been with the first year undergraduate skills development, I co-ordinate the first year module Practical Skills for Life Scientists. This covers practical and key skills that underpin their subsequent study and development to be a successful graduate. I am also co-ordinate and deliver the first year module Building Blocks of Life for the Health Care Science apprentice students, the second year module Biochemistry and Blood Science for the Health Care Science apprentice students and the final year module Clinical Biochemistry. At postgraduate level I co-ordinate and deliver on the module Chronic Multifactorial Disease. In addition I have supervised many final year project students, three of whom have published within the Biohorizons Journal for undergraduate project papers, one being in the first volume of this journal, the most recent publication was in 2013 and also masters project students.

I have acted as Disability Tutor within the subject area for many years. This is a rewarding role that allows me to see students develop alongside their peers when appropriate support is put in place to assist them in their studies.

I have participated in the delivery of sessions to numerous school children and sixth formers who have visited the University and I have been involved in STEM activities occurring between our students and local schools.

Outside of the University I garden, try to tame an allotment, and knit (currently in a sock phase) and recently crochet (making Moomins at the moment) amongst other things.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Biochemistry Society

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (1986) CNAA, Title: Studies on the Pinocytosis of Nucleic Acids
  • PGCE(secondary), Keele University, 1998

Research interests

Following the completion of my PhD I was employed as a Research Fellow researching the movement of dipeptides across lysosomal membranes. In subsequent years my interest has been limited in the main on the affects of antioxidants, this has been the basis of many third year students projects. In recent years I have been with final year project students looking at the use of hair cholesterol as an indicator of chronic stress.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I had a 2.5 year secondment to the West Midland Science Learning Centre from 2004 to 2007 with responsibility for initiating and running courses for both Post 16 (FE) lecturers and school technicians.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Year one: Practical Skills for Life Scientists, Building Blocks of Life for the Health Care Science students

Year two: Biochemistry and Blood Science for the Health Care Science students

Year three: Clinical Biochemistry

Postgraduate: Chronic Multifactorial Disease

Publications

Not publications of my own but recently I have supervised third year students who have published in the Biohorizons Journal (Volumes 1, 2 and 6), a journal publishing peer reviewed papers based on individual final year projects.

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