School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Carys Watts

Senior Lecturer (Enterprise)

Background

Introduction

I am a teaching focussed academic based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences. My educational role predominantly involves embedding enterprise into the curriculum, as well as teaching in biosciences across the undergraduate degrees including labs, seminars, lectures and online teaching and interaction. I am passionate about involving regional employers and alumni in school activities to broaden student perspectives and aspirations, and likewise to inspire others through taking part in outreach activities. My role as Exchange Coordinator means I have a global perspective, including study abroad activities.

I help facilitate school management in my role as deputy head, and support my fellow school colleagues. I also lead undergraduate modules and supervise final year projects. My pedagogic research focuses on the impacts of enterprise education, experiential learning, and other School-based collaborative work.

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

School level 

Co-Deputy Head of School

Teaching across all stages of BSc degrees in the School

Senior responsibilities for programme coordination and assessment

Academic Secretary to Board of Examiners (Stages 2, 3, 4)

Development, quality assurance and maintenance of exchange agreements and Study Abroad (incl. Pre-Med), exchanges, pastoral visits and coordination of incoming and outgoing students 

Pastoral Tutor, Support to Study Coordinator, and Phase Advisor

Faculty Level

2013-2016 - Chair of Equality and Fairness Self Assessment Team (Athena SWAN) - SBMS Awarded Athena SWAN Bronze in 2015
Ongoing - Grant and publication reviewer (internal and external to University)

Qualifications 

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013
Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme
SEDA Leading Academic Practice award
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
ILM Diploma in Management
ILM Certificate in First Line Management
Ph.D., Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
B,Sc (Hons) Microbiology,  Newcastle University

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, 2001-2006

Memberships

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

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

Informal Interests

Cycling, running and all things outdoors. 
Fascination with bioscience and committed to keep on learning. 

Research

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
Online teaching and learning

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 proteins.

Current Work

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

Using online teaching and learning tools to improve the student feedback experience and to enhance employability skills

Embedding enterprise into the bioscience curriculum, including nurturing of these skills during the Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist module.

Engagement with employers, alumni 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

An investigation into incorporating career progression and transferable skills into the curriculum.
Analysis of the impact of blended learning methods in the bioscience curriculum (Canvas and various online teaching and learning methods)
Analysis of the impact of the enterprise interventions upon graduate destinations and employability.

Research Roles

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

Funding

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 (as supervisor), 2006

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

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

Dissertation Project Supervisor - CMB3000 Biosciences Research Project

Module

Lecture

Practical Lab

Seminar

Assessment

BGM1004 - Genetics

 

 

BGM1004

 

BMS2013 - Practical and presentation skills in Biomedical Sciences 

BMS2013

BMS2013

 

BMS2013

CMB1003 - Microbiology and Immunology

CMB1003

CMB1003

 

 

CMB1005 - Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences 1

 

CMB1005

 

CMB1005

CMB1006 - Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences 2

 

CMB1006

 

 

CMB2000 - Essential Biomedical Research Skills

 

CMB2000

 

 

CMB3000 - Biosciences Research Project

 

 

 

CMB3000

CMB3002 - Biosciences Research Project (Exchange)

 

 

 

CMB3002

CMB3005 - Biosciences Study Abroad Year

 

 

 

CMB3005


Teaching Developments

Designed and implemented new modules

  • CMB3002 Biosciences Research Project module
  • CMB3005 Biosciences Study Abroad Year 
  • NCL3110 Vacation Research project module

Degree Programme Design:

  • Coordinated the development of the Biosciences suite of BSc Hons degrees with Placement year (study abroad version including CMB3005))
  • Co-created and managed the B9N2 Biomedical Sciences with Business* degree (l*ater Management) 

Co-designed the assessment for the subsequent Ncl Advanced Award (Research) for vacation research projects)
Co-created the BMS3016 Science Communication module
Delivered term 3 poster training in communicating your research to a layperson