Anne Tierney

Anne Tierney

Dr Anne Tierney BSc, MSc, MEd, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

I am a Lecturer and Theme Lead for Theme 3: Research, Scholarship and Supervision in the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice and a member of the teaching team for the other areas of the PgCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education. I am Programme Leader for the MSc Blended and Online Education (BOE).

As department link for The School of Applied Sciences, I work to support excellence in learning, teaching and assessment at School level. I am also involved in supporting educational scholarship.

My interests are wide, ranging from student entrepreneurship to co-creation of the curriculum. A former teacher of undergraduate biological sciences, I am currently researching how UK Life Science academics engage with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Committee: Member of the committee for the National Demetia Carers Action Network
  • Office bearer: Treasurer, Improving University Teaching
  • Advisory Board: Member of the advisory board for Improving University Teaching International Conference
  • Advisory Board, member of the advisory board for the OUP Bioscience Summit

 

Conference Activity

  • Conference Co-organiser, Bioscience Summit, University of Edinburgh,
  • Presenter: Research-Teaching nexus: Exchange of disciplinary and pedagogic expertise between Teaching-focused and Research-focused Academics, 43rd International conference, Improving University Teaching, Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
  • Co-Presenter: Development of academic identity through a Faculty Learning Community in a Post-1992 University in Scotland, 6th International Academic Identities conference, The Peaceful University: Aspirations for academic futures - compassion, generosity, imagination and creation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Co-Presenter: Generosity and kindness in the academy: What keeps us in academia? 6th International Academic Identities conference, The Peaceful University: Aspirations for academic futures - compassion, generosity, imagination and creation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Presenter: Co-operation and sharing: Teaching-focused academic identity in UK Life Sciences departments in a research-dominated culture, 6th International Academic Identities conference, The Peaceful University: Aspirations for academic futures - compassion, generosity, imagination and creation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Presenter: Using online learning to support active learning in large groups, Society for Experimental Biology international conference, Masters of Biology, Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Centre, Florence, Italy.
  • Session Chair: Improving University Teaching international conference, Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Australia
  • Judge, Ginny and Bill McKeachie Award, Improving University Teaching International Conference
  • Co-Presenter: Anxiety in SoTL: An International Perspective, ISSOTL 17, Reaching New Heights, University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Presenter: Brokering activities between teaching- and research-focused Life Science Academics, Society for Experimental Biology International Conference, Scientific Smörgåsbord, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Co-presenter: Institutional support for SoTL Educational Leadership in Higher Education, 3rd International ProPEL conference, Professional practice, learning and education: social and material entanglements, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Session Chair: Society for Research in Higher Education conference, Newport, Wales
  • Presenter: Brokering between communities of practice: strengthening learning with co-operative practices, 41st International conference, Improving University Teaching, Durham University, UK
  • SoTL Developments through Threshold Concepts
  • Presenter: The Role of SoTL in Classroom Innovation, 40th International Conference, Improving University Teaching, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Presenter: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Teachers as Students, 39th International conference, Improving University Teaching, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Co-organiser: Can we measure the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? HEA workshop series, University of Reading
  • Presenter: Using semantic differential to explore Life Sciences Academics' perceptions of academic identity, 38th International conference, Improving University Teaching, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Conference Organiser, Bioscience Summit, University of Glasgow, September 5-6th, 2013.
  • Organiser, SoTL Performance Index, HEA Workshop series, University of Glasgow
  • Presenter, "Social Entrepreneurship and Event Management", 37th Improving University Teaching International Conference, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Presenter: Combining Theory and Practice in Course Design, Qualititative Approaches to Pedagogical Research in the Biosciences, University of Leicester, HEA STEM Seminar Series
  • Presenter: Blooming Bioscientists, HEA STEM Conference, 11-12th April, Imperial College, London
  • Presenter: Using an Organisational Development Model for Effective Teamwork for Bioscientists, Researchers - Teachers - Learners: We're all in this together, Society for Experimental Biology, London
  • Organiser, Teaching in HE for postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Organiser, Teaching in HE for postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows, University of Cardiff
  • Presenter: Blooming Bioscientists, 36th International Conference, Improving University Teaching, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Presenter: Online Reflective Diaries: Using Technology to Strengthen the Learning Experience, 35th Improving University Teaching Conference: Using Scholarship to Enhance Learning Resources, Washington D.C., United States of America
  • Presenter: The Impact of a Faculty Learning Community on the Academic Identity of a Group of University Teachers, Academic Identities for the 21st Century, 2nd International Conference, University of Strathclyde

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Ed Wood Teaching Award finalist
  • People's Choice Award, Improving University Teaching, Washington DC.
  • University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award

 

Invited Speaker

  • Seminar speaker: Threshold Concepts in Practice, University of Nottingham, 11th January, 2019
  • Keynote speaker: The value of teaching-focused academics in a research intensive university. Inaugural plenary, CIDERS pedagogic research group, Dental School, University of Glasgow, 11th September, 2018
  • Keynote: Supporting actors: reclaiming learning spaces, Improving University Teaching International conference, Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Australia, 4th - 6th July, 2018
  • Seminar speaker: Advance HE Virtual Reading Group: Threshold Concepts in Academic Practice: Engagement with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Online, 10th December, 2018
  • Seminar speaker: eSTEeM Events eSTEeM Thematic Seminar Series: From scholarship to pedagogical research: how can academics develop as HE pedagogical researchers? eSTEeM Thematic Seminar Series: From scholarship to pedagogical research: how can academics develop as HE pedagogical researchers? Open University, Milton Keynes, 23rd October, 2018
  • Seminar speaker: Why Engage with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? University of Leicester
  • Keynote speaker: Threshold Concepts in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Opening keynote, MVLS scholarship away day, University of Glasgow, 8th September, 2017
  • Seminar speaker: More Than Just a Teaching Fellow. SWANTalks, Research seminar, Swansea University, 25th May, 2017
  • Seminar speaker: More than Just a Teaching Fellow: The Effect of the Research Excellence Framework on Teaching-Focused Academics. Durham University, 17th May, 2017
  • Keynote speaker: More than just a Teaching Fellow: Teaching-focused Academics in a Research-led Culture. Closing Plenary, ESLTIS 2017, University of Sheffield, 20th - 21st July, 2017
  • Keynote speaker: Engaging with Educational Research: Five Ideas from the Literature to Improve Your Practice. University of Aberdeen, 29th November, 2017
  • Seminar speaker: Lessons from a student-hugger, Society for Experimental Biology International conference, Prague, 30th June - 3rd July, 2015
  • Seminar speaker: Communities of practice in life sciences and the need for brokering. Society for Experimental Biology international conference, Prague, 30th June - 3rd July, 2015
  • Using Semantic Differential to Measure Perceptions of Academic Identity. Teaching Fellows away day, Durham University.
  • Engaging First Year Students in Employability. Queen's University, Belfast.
  • A primer for bioscientists on the essential principles for good pedagogy in HE. HEA STEM Network, Kingston University.
  • Letting Students into the Secret - Using Bloom's Taxonomy for Transparent Learning. University of Bristol.
  • Using an organisational development model as a means to investigate and improve feedback. University of Manchester.
  • Appreciative Inquiry Activity. HEA Bioscience Subject Centre. University of Birmingham.
  • Three hour labs: Breaking the mould of cookbook science. University of Bristol.
  • Networking events for postgraduates who teach, HERDSA seminar, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • Using Moodle to enhance student learning - Never give up on a good thing , Learning Technology Lunchtime Seminars, University of Glasgow
  • Using reflective diaries in summative assessment, Higher Education Academy Centre for Bioscience Representatives' Forum, University of Cardiff.
  • Enquiry-Based Learning in a Multidisciplinary Group, University of British Columbia.
  • Commercial projects for final year bioscience students, Student Research in the Biosciences: "Why?" and "How?, HEA Bioscience Subject Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Strategies to deal with Plagiarism, Glasgow Caledonian University, Zest Staff Development Programme
  • Small Group Teaching for Level One Biology Students”, Effective Group Work, Higher Education Academy, University of Abertay
  • Assessment of Lifestyle Project, Effective Group Work, Higher Education Academy, University of Abertay

 

Media Activity

  • Students Enter the Dragons' Den, Holyrood Magazine Education & Skills Policy Supplement

 

Reviewing

  • Teaching and Learning Inquiry; The ISSOTL journal
  • F1000 Research
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting facilitator, Institute for Aboriginal Health Summer Science Program, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Otago, New Zealand.

 

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • LTDF grant, £20,000, Reward and recognition in teaching and learning
  • LTDF grant, £12,000, Developing an online course
  • HEA Centre for Bioscience, £10,000. Enquiry into perceptions of Graduate Teaching Assistants in two STEM areas.
  • HEA Centre for Bioscience, £7,000. Networking events for Postgraduates who teach.
  • HEA Centre for Bioscience, £2830. Microbiology labs for first year students
  • LTDF grant, £30,000. Online groupwork using Moodle
  • University of Glasgow Internationalisation Grant, £2,500. Teaching Fellow Exchange, Otago University, New Zealand.
  • HEA Small Grant, £2,830. Enquiry based learning
  • University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund, £1,200. Marine Turtle Conservation
  • University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund, £850. Marine Turtle Conservation
  • LTDF grant, £10,000. Science Faculties' Employability Project Year 3
  • Aiming University Learning @ Work AUL@W Partner, £25,000
  • University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund, £1,500. Marine Turtle Conservation
  • LTDF grant, £10,000. Science Faculties' Employability Project Year 2
  • LTDF grant, £5,000. Business & the Biosciences - Innovation in Teaching
  • LTDF grant, £10,000. Science Faculties' Employability Project, Year 1