graham scott

Professor Graham Scott

Interim Dean (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 466424

Professor Graham Scott, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellow and Bioscience Teacher of the Year, is the Interim Dean in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He was previously Head of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Graham has written two successful textbooks, and has a wealth of experience in the design and evaluation of biosciences degree programmes.

He provides mentorship at an international level to support colleagues new to teaching. His research is conducted through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and focuses upon student autonomy, employability and the value of learning outside of the classroom.


Research Interests

  • Ways in which students learn about biology
  • Student autonomy in learning
  • Experiential learning, student managed learning and the value of fieldwork
  • The use of learning analytics

Research groups

  • STEM Education Group


Scott G W, Essential Ornithology, Oxford University Press (2010)

Scott G W, 'Active Engagement with Assessment and Feedback Improves Group-Work Outcomes', Higher Education Pedagogies, 2, 1, pp 1-13 (2017)

Goulder R G and Scott G W, 'Conflicting Perceptions of the Status of Field Biology and Identification Skills in UK Education', Journal of Biological Education, 50, 3, pp 233-238 (2016)

Scott G W, 'Why Do We Bother? Exploring Biologists’ Motivations to Share the Details of their Teaching Practice', F1000Research (2015)

Scott G W and Boyd M, 'A Potential Value of Familiarity and Experience: Can Informal Fieldwork Have a Lasting Impact upon Literacy?, Education, 3-13, 42(5), pp 517-527 (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Current Biology
  • Topics in Biodiversity

Research PhDs

Graham welcomes applications in the areas of learning through fieldwork and learning outside of the classroom; and in the areas of learning analytics and students entered learning - particularly in the biosciences.

Completed PhDs

  • Kent, Birth Sex Ratio Variation and Change in Domestic Sheep (2013)
  • Turnbull, Epigeal Invertebrates of Allotments (2012)
  • Palin, The Behavioural Responses of Lithobius Melanops to Conspecific Marks (2008)
  • Pottas, Morphological, Ecological and Genetic Variation in Two Forms of Fucus Spiralis (2008)
  • Marsham, The Application of a Functional Group Approach to Algal-Grazer Interactions (2007)
  • Tobin, Applications of a Functional Group Approach to the Study of Temperate Algal Communities (2000)

Current PhDs

  • Emma Peasland, Getting More from Getting Out: How Can We Maximise the Employability Enhancing Effect of Fieldwork for a Diverse Student Body?

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Chartered Science Teacher

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Zoology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1989
  • PhD, Edinburgh University, 1993

External roles

  • Editor in Chief of the journal Ringing and Migration
  • Member of the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Education
  • Education Group Convenor, Society of Experimental Biology
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists

Awards and accolades

  • Awarded the HEA Ed Wood Teaching Award (Bioscience lecturer of the year) in 2010