Dr Dave Skingsley

Job Title and Responsibilities

Course leader BSc(Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Current Responsibilities

University Level

  • Member of University Academic Board representing the Faculty of Sciences and as a consequence Member of the University Disciplinary Committee and Assessment Review Board

  • Member University Learning Teaching and Enhancement Committee as Disability advisor to University LTEC  and Chair of disability sub group

  • Faculty of Sciences representative on University Diversity Committee

  • Member of University Disability Forum. I am on the sub panels of the forum relating to Facilities management, Admissions, and Assessment and Learning

  • Member of University Diversity Committee and Member of Single Equality Scheme working group

  • Member of University Disabled Staff group

  • Member of Disabled students exceptional adjustment fund committee

  • Member of SURF student support group

  • Validating panel member at Faculty, Faculty Enhanced, FLAP and External events for D.Clin, MSc, BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), HND, HNC awards and courses

Faculty Level

  • Member of Faculty of Sciences Board

  • Member of Faculty of Sciences Learning Teaching Enhancement and Quality Committee

  • Member of Faculty of Health Assessment and Award Boards

  • Faculty of Sciences Disability advisor and Chair of Faculty Disability Group

  • Chair of Faculty of Sciences Extenuating Circumstances Panel and Chair of its fast-track sub-panel

  • Member of Faculty Sciences Website group

  • Validation panel presenting team member of several undergraduate Awards, including, Applied Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology, Human Biology and Forensic Science

  • Faculty of Sciences annual monitoring Internal Rapporteur

  • Faculty of Sciences Transfer viva (PhD) chair and transfer viva (PhD, M.Phil) panel member

  • Faculty of Sciences Research project Rapporteur

  • Member of Programme Area Management Team (Applied Sciences)

  • Member of Institute of Environment and Sustainability Research (IESR)

  • Founding member of Faculty of Sciences Entomology Research Group

Department Level

  • Member of Biology Senior Management Team

  • Member Biology Field Board

  • Member of Biology Assessment and Award Boards

  • Member Forensic Sciences Field Board

  • Member of Biology Staff-student liaison committee

  • Member of Open day team

About Me

I have spent the majority of my working life, so far, in higher education. During that time I have developed a deep, and abiding, passion for making the things I enjoy about biology accessible to as many people as possible. My first degree was in the science of how organisms work (Leeds University). This lead on to my doctoral work in understanding how the brain works (University of Sussex), which in turn lead on to post doctoral work on vision at Cambridge University (Department of Zoology). I am currently a Senior lecturer at Staffordshire University (0.8) and Faculty Disability Co-ordinator (0.2). As well as my scientific research into mucus I have also research areas of disability and education. In my spare time I am involved with recording natural history in Staffordshire and Cheshire. I have an international presence as the Bugbotherer (www.bugbotherer.org.uk)


2005 “Disability CPD qualification” (University of Gloucestershire)

1997 Professional Development Diploma, Staffordshire University

1996 Professional Development Diploma, Staffordshire University

1994 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Staffordshire University

1990 D.Phil. Physiology (Neurophysiology), University of Sussex. Supervisor: Prof. P.R. Benjamin. Thesis title: "Morphological and pharmacological characteristics of a centrally acting peptidergic interneurone, the visceral white interneurone (VWI), in the central nervous system of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis."

1986 BSc (Hons) 2.i Human Physiology, Leeds University


Professional Memberships and Activities

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
HEA Biosciences Representative for the Faculty



Natural History particularly Entomology and Malacology
Invertebrate Mucus and FTIR spectroscopy
Learning and Teaching
Disability in HE

Working with the Media

Media specialism:

  • Insects
  • Wildlife

Media experience
I have regular appearances on local radio (BBC radio Stoke) as an expert in matters relating to

  • Insects and general invertebrate life 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Wasp and bees 2013
  • Craneflies, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2005, 2010;
  • Midges 2010,
  • Slugs and Snails 2010,

Secondary requests

  • physiology (taste perception 2002)
  • drugs 2003.

I was invited to run a Springwatch event for the BBC on 3rd June 2006 at Hanley Park by James McDonald (W.Midlands, BBC)

Social media:


Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Consultancy and grants linked to the above expertise

Research Interests

Current research (2009-10) is focussed on:

  • The impact of diversity on Learning and Teaching in HE. A particular interest is this area is the influence of level 2 practical engagement on final year project outcome

  • Comparative analysis of non- vertebrate mucus using FTIR spectroscopy involving various national and international collaborators

  • Invertebrate recording and survey work in collaboration with SiG, CAN, Staffordshire University, IESR.


Selected Publications

Learning & Teaching
Skingsley DR, Merry S and Orsmond P. The role of second year laboratory based group work in undergraduate project preparation. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2009. http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/ftp/events/sltc09/presentations/o6skingsley.pdf
Skingsley, D., Bradley, EJ, and Nolan, P. Neuropharmacology and Mental Health Nurse Prescribers. Journal of Clinical Nursing 15(8):989-997 (2006)

Skingsley DR.  Investigation of mucus using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Spectroscopy Europe 22(1):10-13 (2010) http://www.spectroscopyeurope.com/articles/55-articles/2327-investigation-of-mucus-using-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
Skingsley, D.R., White A.J. and Weston A. Analysis of Pulmonate mucus by infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 66: 363-371 (2000)

Invertebrate Studies
Smith P.J. and Skingsley D.R. Oil beetles (Col: Meloidae) on the soft cliffs of Prawle Point, South Devon. Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society 66(474):188-194 (2007)


Current Teaching

Current Modules co-ordinated (2009-10):
Level H:
Neuropharmacology (HEN63015-3); Applied Pharmacological Perspectives (SCS80327-3)
Level I:
Human Physiology (SHS80210-2); Biomedical Analysis (SHS80228-2),
Non-accredited workshops/modules/staff training:
Briefing Sessions (Disability and Health and Safety, Dyslexia and NHS students)

Current teaching involvement as team member (2009-10):
Level M:
Effective Teaching in HE (AI00073-M),
Level H:
Specialist Practice - General Practice Nursing (V100) (HEN56101-3); Specialist Practice – Community Practitioner (V150) (HEN56135-3); Supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals (V300) (SHN56078-3, SHN56002-3); Animal and Plant IDSkills (SHS80302-3); Forensic Science Independent Project (SHS82300-3); Biology Project (SHS80300-3),
Level I:
Forensic Biology (SHS80207-2); Field Biology (SHS80208-2); Marine Zoology (SHS80211-2)
Level C:
Working in HE: Contemporary Issues (AI00037-1); Diverse Needs of Learners (AI00093-1); Bioskiills (SHS80100-1); Cell Biology (SHS80101-1); Biological Principles for Forensic Science (SHS82107-1),

 I am involved with promoting Biology and Forensic Sciences at primary and secondary school levels. This promotion involves, organising talks and open days, taking school lessons, as well as leading “bug” hunts and pond dipping expeditions. I also run events for schools in National Science Week. I am a member of the Biology4all speakers database and a STEM ambassador.


Dr Dave Skingsley
School of Sciences (Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road

t: +44 (0)1782 295757
e: d.r.skingsley@staffs.ac.uk