Dr Sara Marsham
Marine Biology Teaching Fellow

  • 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

Roles and Responsibilities

School of Marine Science and Technology Teaching Champion

Chair of School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

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

MST1001 Biodiversity of Marine Animals (Module Leader)

MST1003 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Biology

MST1011 Marine Zooplankton

MST1012 Research Skills

MST1013 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Biology and Oceanography

MST1014 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Zoology

MST1015 Marine Ecosystems (Module Leader)

MST2006 Marine and Coastal Ecology

MST2011 Marine Practical Skills

MST2015 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods for Marine Science

MST2017 Graduate Employability Skills for Marine Scientists (Module Leader)

MST3011 Advanced Marine Biology

MST3015 Advanced Marine Zoology

MST3016 Advanced Marine Biology and Oceanography

MST3017 Global Marine Science (Bermuda field trip organiser)

MST3019 Research Project Overseas

MST3021 North Sea Marine Science

MST3095 Research Project: Marine Biology and Oceanography

MST3096 Research Project: Marine Zoology

MST3099 Research Project: Marine Biology

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
Role of science in teaching and engaging students with assessment and feedback 

Esteem Indicators

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

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

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

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 


£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 (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