Bioscience Practitioner Learning Research Group



This research group considers all bioscience learners, students and tutors, and how learning identity develops as a result of changing participation within biological communities of practice, both within and outside of our University.

Our aim

All learning occurs within a social context and practitioner learning occurs through participation in a defined community of practice. Biosciences is a landscape of different biological communities, each with its own research history, communication and defined practices.

This Research Group is a social research centre in Biology. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding learning. Negotiating meaning is at the core of human learning. This research group focuses on learning in terms of interdependent learners co-participating in creative practices both inside our University and in associated networks outside the formal curriculum and outside our University. Therefore, we are interested in how you negotiate your identity as a participant in a community, how you express competences such that you are recognisable to other community members. We also explore how the community helps the ‘make up’ of your identity as a person more generally.  

Group leader

Paul Orsmond

Pedagogic Innovation Researcher

Paul is a lecturer who co-ordinates a number of different modules within the department of biology and in order to encourage student learning I develop different types of curriculum.

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Researchers within Bioscience Practitioner Learning Research Group

Trust Diya


Trust is biomedical scientist whose core discipline is histology and cytology. His main area of interest is lipidomics and nutrition with a focus on the effects of flavonoids on adipogenesis.

Dr Angela Priestman

Head Of Department - Biological Sciences

Angela has a number of research specialisms, including Biochemistry of Haematophagous insect cuticular lipid, Semiochemicals in mating recognition and choice, and Mosquito biology with special interest in British mosquito ecology and behaviour.

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Dr Sarah Williams

Course Director

I joined the team here at Staffordshire University in May 2013 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science. I'm a member of the British Society for Immunology and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.

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Dr Richard Halfpenny

Senior Lecturer

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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