Dr Sara Marsham
Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)

  • Email: sara.marsham@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3056
  • Address: Dove Marine Laboratory
    School of Marine Science and Technology
    Newcastle University
    North Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE30 4PZ

    twitter: @sara_marine

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the School of Marine Science and Technology

Member of SAgE Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee  

Member of the University Student Experience Sub-Committee  

Chair of School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

Chair of School Board of Studies 

Member of the School Executive Board 

Marine Science Stage 3 Co-ordinator

Marine Science Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator

Organiser of Newcastle University Teaching and Scholarship Forum 

Departmental Academic Library Representative

Great North Museum Academic, Teaching and Research Committee 


BSc (Hons) Coastal Marine Biology, University of Hull

PhD Algal Ecology, University of Hull

Previous Positions

Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Hull: 2006-2007

Lecturer at Bishop Burton HE College: 2006-2007

Project Assistant for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Hull: 2005-2007


British Phycological Society

British Ecological Society

Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

Informal Interests

PADI Assistant Instructor

Emergency First Response Instructor (Primary and Secondary Care, and Care for Children)

Undergraduate Teaching

MST1101 Marine Biology

MST1102 Diversity and Behaviour of Marine Animals

MST1104 Marine Study Skills (Module Leader)

MST2101 Marine Ecology

MST2104 Marine Research and Employability Skills (Module Leader) 

MST2105 Marine Practical Skills (Module Leader)

MST3102 Advanced Marine Zoology

MST3104 Research Project: Marine Biology (Module Leader)

MST3105 Research Project: Marine Zoology (Module Leader)

MST3106 Research Project: Marine Biology and Oceanography (Module Leader)

MST3107 Research Project Overseas (Module Leader)


Postgraduate Teaching

MAR8045 Fundamentals of Subsea Engineering

Research Interests

Algal functional groups
Plant-animal interactions
Algal photosynthetic recovery
Intertidal community dynamics
Use of intertidal organisms as biomonitors
Engaging students with assessment and feedback 

Esteem Indicators

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

SAgE Faculty Innovator of the Year 2014 http://stevehomans.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/innovator-of-the-year-2014/

Awarded Society of Experimental Biology Presidents Medal (Education and Public Affairs Section) for 2013. Invited to receive award and present at the Annual Meeting in Valencia, July 2013  

Membership Secretary of the British Phycological Society (2007 - present)

Treasurer of North East Branch of the British Science Association (2009 - present)

STEM Ambassador

ERIC North East Board Member

Awarded funding from the HEA to organise and host a workshop on Assessment and student dialogue: Can online platforms use marking criteria and other tools to improve feedback and engage students in the marking process? November 2013 http://wales.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/22_Nov_2013_HEA_STEM_Assess_Dialogue_NCastle

Organiser of the British Phycological Society 60th Annual Winter Meeting, January 2012


£5,000 award from the SAgE Faculty Innovator of the Year 2014 to continue work with engaging students in assessment and feedback, in collaboration with Dr Christie Harner (SAgE Faculty & QuILT) and Dr Alison Graham (School of Biology), September 2014 

£2,750 award from the University Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund to deliver a project aimed at 'Using Grademark to improve feedback and include students in the marking process', in collaboration with Dr Christie Harner (SAgE Faculty & QuILT), Dr Jonathan Goss (School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering) and Dr Alison Graham (School of Biology), February 2013

£5,000 award from the University Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund to employ an RA to develop the modules MST2017 Graduate Employability Skills for Marine Scientists and BIO2021 Vocational Placement for Biologists, in collaboration with Dr Pete Garson (School of Biology) and Prof. Matt Bentley (Marine Science), January 2012

£1,000 award from the University 'Just One Thing' project to deliver 'A TurningPoint for Student Feedback' in collaboration with Prof. Matt Bentley (Marine Science), January 2011

£5,000 award from the University Teaching and Learning Innovation fund to host an undergraduate-led Marine Biology conference in December 2009

£5,000 from the Royal Society Partnership Grant scheme in collaboration with St Stephen's School, Dr Ross Harrington (School of Chemistry) and Mr Peter Chaniotis (Marine Science and DARN), February 2009