Dr Sue Bird

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Biology

Faculty

  • Member of the Faculty Disability and Equality Group

Department

  • Subject Area Disability Tutor

About Me

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 Introduction to Scientific Practice. This covers practical and key skills that underpin their subsequent study and development to be a successful graduate. I am also involved in the delivery within the first year module Molecules to Cells, the second year module Human Biochemistry and Physiology and I deliver on courses relating to genetic and chronic disease at both undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) level. In addition I supervise 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.

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 Faculty 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) amongst other things.

Qualifications

PhD (1986) CNAA, Title: Studies on the Pinocytosis of Nucleic Acids

PGCE(secondary), Keele University, 1998

Professional Memberships and Activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Biochemistry Society

Member of the Association for Science Education

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

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. The Science Learning Centres are a Department for Education initiative providing subject specific professional development courses for teachers and technicians covering primary, secondary and further education.

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.

Selected 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.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

Year one:  Module co-ordinator for the Skills module Introduction To Scientific Practice (Enhancing Career and Personal Success), I also deliver in the modules Molecules to Cells and Biological Processes and demonstrate when required on other modules.

Year two: I am involved in the delivery of the module Human Biochemistry and Physiology and the module Professional Practice and Placement (Enterprise, Entrepreneurialism & Citizenship) and demonstrate when required on other modules

Year three: Biomedicine, part of Human Molecular Genetics, supervision of third year project students

Postgraduate

As part of the MSc Molecular Biology award, Molecular Aspects of Chronic Multifactorial Diseases, part of Principles of Molecular Biology, part of Human Molecular Genetics, part of Molecular Diagnostics and project supervision

Contact

Dr Sue Bird
School of Sciences (Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 294408
e: s.j.bird@staffs.ac.uk