Claire Garden

Claire Garden

Dr Claire Garden MRSB SFHEA

Senior Lecturer, Teaching Fellow

Biography

Education, training and employment: After gaining an MBiochem degree at the University of Bath with neuroscience placements at both University College London and Wake Forest University (NC USA), I went on to complete a CASE PhD studentship in Molecular Neuroscience at the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity at the University of Bristol sponsored by GlaxoSmithkline. This led to postdoctoral work and a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Bristol in the Anatomy and Pharmacology departments before my appointment as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, when I achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in Biomedical Sciences & Microbiology in 2013 and I became Head of Life Sciences in May 2017 with strategic responsibility for over 50 academic staff and in the region of 700 students, alongside teaching and research. During this time the Biomedical and Biological Sciences degrees achieved high levels of student satisfaction in the NSS (up to 100%), and I led the accreditation of all of our undergraduate degrees (RCVS and RSB). This is a rotational post that I left in August 2018 after six years of leadership responsibility. I represent the University at Heads of University Biosciences and Scottish Lifescience Association meetings. I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2016, when I also became a Member of the Royal Society of Biology.

Skills: Effective leadership, capacity building, mentorship, line management and coaching. Curriculum design, development and enhancement, accreditation and quality assurance. Research student supervision.

Research: I trained in molecular and developmental neuroscience research and now focus on pedagogical research. At the moment I am particularly interested in gamification of the curriculum to improve student engagement, and the use of a modified Lego Serious Play methodology to encourage reflection and deep learning of threshold concepts in biology. I am also investigating the impact of this method on students' creativity and social interaction in the classroom. I am currently seeking funding and collaborators for these projects.

Teaching: I currently teach on Pharmacology and Cell Biology modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and am involved in a number of postgraduate research projects. I am module leader for the Scientific Enquiry and Honours Project undergraduate biological sciences modules. I have an ongoing interest in skills development for employability in the biological sciences.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Lifescience Association Higher Education Special Interest Group
  • Scottish Lifesciences Association HR SIG
  • Member of the Heads of Universities Biosciences

 

Conference Activity

  • Life of Learning: Engaging Students in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the School of Applied Sciences
  • BNA 2015 Festival of Neuroscience: Delayed cerebellar development as a result of in utero androgen hyper-exposure.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner DeMontfort University Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate suite

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Member of Carnegie Trust Panel of Assessors

 

Invited Speaker

  • Student-Centred Lifelong Employability for a Future-Proof Workforce
  • Employability, Laboratory Skills and Competencies at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Abertay University: Fetal Programming: Only from the Neck Down?

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • Wellcome Trust Edinburgh International Film Festival Ideas Lab June 2015
  • Tweedlove Festival June 2015

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • STEM Marketplace (Raising Aspirations in Science Education project)
  • STEM Ambassador
  • S4 St Augustine's Outreach visit

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer HEA STEM Conference 2017
  • Panel Member: Edinburgh Napier University Teaching Fellow Grants Committee
  • Reviewer Global Journal of Health Sciences
  • Reviewer Toxicology Letters

 

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The molecular pharmacology and cell biology of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors.

Journal Article
Palmer, C., Cotton, L. & Henley, J. M. (2005)
The molecular pharmacology and cell biology of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors. Pharmacological Reviews. 57, 253 - 277. doi:10.1124/pr.57.2.7. ISSN 0031-6997
-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionate receptors (AMPARs) are of fundamental importance in the brain. They are responsible for the majority of fast excitatory synapti...

Hippocalcin functions as a calcium sensor in hippocampal LTD.

Journal Article
Palmer, C., Lim, W., Hastie, P. G. R., Toward, M., Korolchuk, V. I., Burbidge, S. A., …Henley, J. M. (2005)
Hippocalcin functions as a calcium sensor in hippocampal LTD. Neuron. 47, 487 - 494. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2005.06.014. ISSN 0896-6273
It is not fully understood how NMDAR-dependent LTD causes Ca2+-dependent endocytosis of AMPARs. Here we show that the neuronal Ca2+ sensor hippocalcin binds the β2-adaptin sub...

Increased excitability and altered action potential waveform in cerebellar granule neurons of the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome

Journal Article
Usowicz, M. M., & Garden, C. L. P. (2012)
Increased excitability and altered action potential waveform in cerebellar granule neurons of the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome. Brain Research, 1465, 10-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2012.05.027
Down syndrome (DS) is characterized by intellectual disability and impaired motor control. Lack of coordinated movement, poor balance, and unclear speech imply dysfunction of ...

Weaker control of the electrical properties of cerebellar granule cells by tonically active GABAA receptors in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down's syndrome.

Journal Article
Szemes, M., Davies, R. L., Garden, C. L. P., & Usowicz, M. M. (2013)
Weaker control of the electrical properties of cerebellar granule cells by tonically active GABAA receptors in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down's syndrome. Molecular Brain, 6, 33
BACKGROUND Down's syndrome (DS) is caused by triplication of all or part of human chromosome 21 and is characterized by a decrease in the overall size of the brain. One of th...

What Does My Turnitin Report Mean?

Digital Artefact
Garden, C. & McLatchie, J. (2012)
What Does My Turnitin Report Mean?
In this podcast Dr Claire Garden and Joan McLatchie discuss their use of Turnitin, an online text matching service. There are still many misconceptions about plagiarism detect...

Constructing Active Learning Experiences

Presentation / Conference
Garden, C., & Ennis, L. (2018, January)
Constructing Active Learning Experiences. Presented at ALIEN (Active Learning In Edinburgh Napier) Staff Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus
There are many methods for stimulating Active Learning in the Higher Education classroom. Active Learning occurs when higher-order thinking is invoked during learning events, ...

Theory and Games: Developing a method for gamifying Higher Education

Conference Proceeding
Rivera, E. S., & Garden, C. L. P. (2018)
Theory and Games: Developing a method for gamifying Higher Education. In EDULEARN18 Proceedings
Gamification, the use of game attributes in non-game context, is used in the private sector as well as education[1]. Research into Gamified Learning (GL) often focuses on case...

Putting theory into practice: gamification for student engagement

Conference Proceeding
Garden, C., & Rivera, E. (2018)
Putting theory into practice: gamification for student engagement. In EDULEARN18 Proceedings, (4563-4570). https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2018.1138
Gamification is the use of game design elements in a non-game contexts [1]. It is an intervention that has been used in a business setting for a number of years and is now bec...

Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick

Journal Article
Garden, C., Ennis, L., & Yorkstone, S. (2018)
Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick. Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellows Journal,
No abstract available.

Improving our NSS Results: Is Face to Face Marking an Answer?

Journal Article
Chalmers, C., MacCallum, J., & Garden, C. (2013)
Improving our NSS Results: Is Face to Face Marking an Answer?. Teaching fellows journal, March 2013, 8-9

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