Dr Catherine Douglas
Teaching Fellow

  • Email: catherine.douglas@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 0191 208 6870
  • Address: School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
    Agriculture Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Catherine Douglas (née Bertenshaw)

The pinnacle of my achievement to date has to be my  Ig Nobel Prize, International Prize for Veterinary Medicine

More serious roles and responsibilities include:

Current:

Teaching Fellow, Newcastle University

I lecture in a range of Animal Science (Livestock and Companion) related disciplines including:  Animal Nutrition; Communication skills; Current Issues in Animal Science

 

Previous:

Centre Administrator for Combined Honours, Newcastle University.

I managed the Combined Honours Centre which coordinates the BA Combined Honours:  planning, academic delivery and quality assurance, HR, student pastoral support, finance, also including supervision of student projects.

 

Assistant Registrar NUMed (Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia), Newcastle University, UK (2010-2012)

I managed the Newcastle end of the NUMed Malaysia transition project to support the establishment of the branch campus in Malaysia.

Regional Manager (NE, Yorkshire and Scotland) VETNET Lifelong Learning Network, Newcastle University (2007-2010)

I delivered the HEFCE-funded, Royal Veterinary College led, VETNET LLN Widening Participation project for 14 FE and HE Institutes in the region to increase access to HE for vocational learners. 

Associate Lecturer Companion Animal Science, Newcastle University (2007 - 2010)

Lecturer in Animal Management, East Durham College (2003-2007)

Guest Lecturer in Teacher Training, University of Sunderland (2006-2007)

Widening Participation Progression Coach, Newcastle (2002-2003)

Management Advisor to Dairy Farmers, Cheshire/Shropshire/Lancashire (1994-1998)

 

Qualifications

·         University Chameleon Programme (2013)

          Prince 2 Practitioner (Project Management) (2010)

·         Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2009)

·         Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University (2009)

·         Post Graduate Certificate in Education (FE), Sunderland University (2004)

·         PhD Dairy Cow Welfare and Production, Newcastle University (2002)

·         BSc Agriculture, Newcastle University (1994)

Research Interests: 

Animal Welfare:

Human-animal interaction and its affects on welfare, behaviour and production in the dairy herd. 

Cognitive bias to measure affective state.  Can whether an animal perceives its glass half full or half empty, be measured and if so can it inform on the welfare of the animal under different management regimes.

Student Transition: 

Peer Assisted Learning, and extended inductions to reduce attrition and increase success in non-traditional learners in HE. 

Recent refereed papers and contributions to symposia (Douglas née Bertenshaw)

·         Douglas, C.E., Bateson, M., Walsh, C., Bédué, A., Edwards, S. (2012) Environmental enrichment affects cognitive bias in pigs  Applied Animal Behaviour Science 139: 65–73

·         Douglas, C.E., Walsh, C., Bédué, A., Bateson, M.,  Edwards, S. (2010) Tests of cognitive bias can inform on pigs’ subjective affective state Proceedings of UFAW (Universities’ Federation for Animal Welfare) Conference “Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science”, York

·         Douglas, C.E., Walsh, C., Bédué, A., Bateson, M.,  Edwards, S. (2010) Pigs behaviours associated with optimistic and pessimistic states (as measured though tests of cognitive bias) Proceedings of International Society for Applied Ethology UK and Eire Regional Meeting, Harper Adams, Shropshire

·         Asher L., Davies G.T,O., Bertenshaw C.E., Cox M.A.A., Bateson M. (2009) The effects of cage volume and cage shape on the condition and behaviour of captive European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) Applied Animal Behaviour Science 116: 286-294.

·         Bertenshaw, C.E.,  Rowlinson, P. (2009) Exploring heifers’ perception of ‘positive’ treatment through their motivation to pursue a retreated human Animal Welfare 17: 313-319. 

·         Bertenshaw, C.E.,  Rowlinson, P. (2009) Exploring stock managers’ perceptions of the human-animal relationship on dairy farms and an association with milk production Anthrozoos 22: 59-69 

·         Bertenshaw, C.E.,  Rowlinson, P., Edge, H., Douglas, S., Shiel, R. (2008) The effect of different degrees of ‘positive’ human-animal interaction during rearing on the welfare and production of commercial dairy heifers Applied Animal Behaviour Science 114: 65-75

Teaching Fellow - Animal Science, Newcastle University (2013 - present)

Associate Lecturer Companion Animal Science, Newcastle University (2007 - 2010)

Lecturer in Animal Management, East Durham College (2003-2007)

Guest Lecturer in Teacher Training, University of Sunderland (2006-2007)