School of Marine Science and Technology

Staff Profile

Dr Sara Marsham

Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)


Roles and Responsibilities

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for SAgE Faculty (July 2015 - date)

Member of University Academic Appeals Panel (July 2016 - date)

Member of University Out of Hours Task and Finish Group (April 2016 - date)

Chair of INTO Board of Studies (English) (February 2016 - date)

Member of University Teaching and Learning Space Focus Group and Sub-Committee (July 2015 - date)

Member of CASAP PEC Committee (July 2015 - date)

Member of Science and Engineering Excellence Learning and Teaching Working Group (June 2015 - date)

Member of School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering PEC Committee (June 2015 - September 2015)

Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the School of Marine Science and Technology (July 2014 - September 2015)

Member of SAgE Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (July 2014 - date) 

Member of the University Student Experience Sub-Committee (January 2014 - date) 

Chair of School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (March 2013 - September 2015)

Chair of School Board of Studies (July 2014 - September 2015)

Member of School Executive Board (July 2014 - September 2015)

UKPSF Professional Standards Advisor (April 2014 - date)

Marine Science Stage 3 Co-ordinator (September 2013 - date)

Marine Science Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator (September 2012 - December 2015)

Organiser of Newcastle Educators (previously Teaching and Scholarship Forum) (November 2011 - date)

Departmental Academic Library Representative (January 2010 - date)

Great North Museum Academic, Teaching and Research Committee (November 2009 - July 2015)


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

MST3104 Research Project: Marine Biology

MST3105 Research Project: Marine Zoology

MST3106 Research Project: Marine Biology and Oceanography

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 (awarded December 2013)

Society for Experimental Biology, SEB+ Committee (September 2015 - date)

SAgE Faculty Innovator of the Year 2014 and 2015

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 - 2016)

Treasurer of North East Branch of the British Science Association (2009 - 2014)

STEM Ambassador

ERIC North East Board Member (2011 - 2015)

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

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


£5,000 award from the PVC for Learning and Teaching to further support work on engaging students in assessment and feedback, in collaboration with Dr Alison Graham (School of Biology), July 2016.

£5,000 award from the SAgE Faculty Innovator of the Year 2105 to work on producing software to visually map assessment and feedback deadlines for students and academic staff, in collaboration with Dr Alison Graham (School of Biology), Dr Christie Harner (SAgE Faculty & LTDS) and Mr Jonathan Lamb (School of Computer Science), September 2015.

£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 & LTDS) and Dr Alison Graham (School of Biology), September 2014.

£850 award from the University Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund to deliver a project entitled 'The NUTS and bolts of learning and teaching: a staff-student partnership at Newcastle University', in collaboration with Dr JC Penet (School of Modern Languages) and Dr Vanessa Armstrong (School of Biomedical Sciences), May 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.