Samantha Campbell Casey

Samantha Campbell Casey

Dr Samantha Campbell Casey

Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Biomedical Science


I am a Lecturer in Biomedical Science, a University Teaching Fellow and also year 2 leader for the undergraduate biology courses within the School of Applied Sciences in Edinburgh. My background is in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and my previous research interests have been in the development of novel antimicrobials and my recent focus has been to look at bacteriophages and their use as a potential novel antimicrobial therapy. I also have pedagogic research interests focused on student stress and retention and secondly the development of employability skills in students and how to get students to engage with this and articulate this more effectively. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in 2011 and in 2016 was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach or have taught on a range of modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and I am currently module leader for undergraduate Biochemistry (both Edinburgh and Sri Lanka) and also for the MSc Research Skills module in Edinburgh. I have supervised two PhD students to completion and I am an additional supervisor for a part time PhD student investigating gamification in formative assessment. Previous responsibilities and experience included academic lead for the Skills Passport project within the School, Programme Leader for the undergraduate Biomedical Science and other routes and membership of a range of committees concerning learning and teaching.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



  • Reviewer for the Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • Invited reviewer for the Higher Education Academy Collaborative Awards in Teaching Excellence (HEA CATE)


External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner for Newcastle University School of Biology Cellular and Molecular Biology programme


Grant Reviewer

  • BBSRC peer review


Public/Community Engagement

  • STEM ambassador
  • Edinburgh Science Festival Careers Hive 2017 volunteer


Conference Activity

  • Invited reviewer for QAA 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education conference abstracts
  • Member of the organising committee for the University Teaching Fellows conference January 2018


Invited Speaker

  • 5th Annual Gearing up for Transitions conference at Edinburgh University “How am I doing? A record of skills development at Edinburgh Napier University” Poster presentation
  • Life of Learning, Engaging students in learning, teaching and assessment conference “Reflections in skills development”
  • QAA International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education ‘Skills Passport’ for Life Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University: Helping students to help themselves
  • QAA 13th Annual Enhancement Themes Conference If we build it, will they come?
  • Horizons in STEM conference “Enhancing skills development and reflective practise in students during their programme of study”.


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