School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Carys Watts

Senior Lecturer (Enterprise)



I am a teaching focussed academic based in Biomedical Sciences.  My role predominantly involves embedding enterprise into the curriculum and enhancing the student experience through enterprise activities. I engage with bioscience companies and act as School exchange coordinator for ERASMUS and non-EU student exchanges.  I am a pastoral tutor and also lead undergraduate modules and supervise final year projects. My pedagogic research focuses on the impacts of enterprise education and e-learning projects and other School based collaborative work.


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise (teaching) in the School of Biomedical Sciences.
School Exchange Coordinator (Erasmus and non-EU exchanges)
Chair of Stage 2 and Final Board of Examiners
Chair of Microbiology Curriculum Committee
Pastoral tutor
Module leader
Project supervisor

Chair of Equality and Fairness Self Assessment Team (Athena SWAN) - SBMS Awarded Athena SWAN Bronze in 2015
SBMS Academic representative on the Equality and Fairness steering group


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013
Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme, 2012
SEDA Leading Academic Practice award, 2012
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2008
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2008
ILM Diploma in Management, 2005
ILM Certificate in First Line Management, 2004
PhD, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle, 2002
BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Newcastle, 1998

Previous Positions

Lecturer (Enterprise), School of Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University, 2007-2013.
Teaching Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University, 2006-2007.
Research Associate, ICAMB, University of Newcastle, 2002-2006
Research Associate, School of Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Newcastle, 2001-2002


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Royal Society of Biology
Society for General Microbiology
NUWomen (Newcastle University Women's network)

Honours and Awards
Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise Award 2007 (sponsored by North East Strategic Partnership).

Informal Interests

Membership of: Sustrans, Ncl BUG (Newcastle Bicycle Users Group), National Trust, RSPB, English Heritage
Cycling, running and all things outdoors.


Research Interests

Educational pedagogy and the development of new techniques for teaching undergraduate Biomedical Science degrees. Integration of enterprise skills to bioscience students and development of methods for embedding concepts of personal development and employability in education.
Student communication of research - layperson accessibility

Other Expertise

Prior postdoctoral lab research work previously in Biochemistry, working on selenate reductase enzymes, work involved molecular biology and protein work.
PhD: Kinetic analysis of the interaction between the QutA and QutR transcriptional regulator in Aspergillus nidulans.

Research skills:

  • Biochemistry: enzyme assays and kinetics (bacterial respiration).
  • Genetics: genetic analysis of transcriptional regulation.
  • Microbiology: growth and culturing of bacteria and fungi, serotyping, 16S DNA analysis, strain maintenance, anaerobic 
  • fermentation of bacteria.
  • Molecular Biology: PCR, gene cloning and overexpression, mutagenesis.
  • Biophysics: using Biacore Technology (SPR).
  • Proteomics: overproduction and purification using chromatography, MALDI-TOF analysis of protein fragments.

Current Work

Adding value to the student experience; encouraging students to reflect on their vacation research experiences for employability and personal development.

Enhancing the student feedback experience to promote employability using lecture capture for student presentations

Embedding enterprise into the bioscience curriculum via careers activities and training, and applciation of these skills during the Business for the Bioscientist.

Engagement with employers and regional stakeholders to increased student access to work experience, jobs, careers information and advice as well as peer advice (placements and year in industry work).

Future Research

Investigation into incorporating career progression and transferable skills into the curriculum.
Analysis of the impact of e-learning methods in the bioscience curriculum (ReCap, Blackboard, online assessment)
Analysis of the impact of the BSc Biomedical Sciences with Business; graduate destinations and experience.

Research Roles

Educational research developing and evaluating innovative e-learning methods (e.g. Virtual lab development, use of ReCap and learning technologies: Blackboard, WebPA).
Enterprise pedagogy; analysis of methods and impact of embedding enterprise.


Microbiology Society Educational Outreach Grant, (individual), 2016
HEA Teaching Development Grant (individual), 2012
Curriculum development and UTLC funding (secondary applicant), 2008
Curriculum development funding (ONE, via Careers service), 2007
UTLC Innovation Fund Award, 2006
Society for General microbiology Vacation studentship, 2006


Undergraduate Teaching

Module Leader:
BMS3003 Business for the Bioscientist -
BMS2013 Practical and presentation skills in Biomedical Sciences
CMB3002 Research Project (Exchange students)

Lectures, seminars and practicals 
CMB1003, CMB1005, CMB1006, BGM1004, CMB2000, BMS3003, BMS2013

Pastoral tutor and phase 1 adviser
Chair of Board of Examiners (stages 2,3,4)
Exchange Coordinator

Coordinator of poster training for ncl+ Advanced Award (Research)