Dr Katharine Hubbard

Dr Katharine Hubbard

Reader in Biology Education

Faculty and Department

  • Education
  • Teaching Excellence Academy

Summary

Dr Hubbard (she/her) is passionate about how the teaching of STEM subjects can be made more effective. She is particularly interested in the benefit of student partnership approaches, practical science teaching and the development of student scientific identity.

Her scientific background is in plant cell biology, the impact of circadian rhythms on plant physiology and fitness, and the use of fluorescence imaging techniques to investigated plant responses to the environment.

Dr Hubbard is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded the Royal Society of Biology HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year (2016), and the Society for Experimental Biology's President's Medallist for the Education section (2017).

Undergraduate

Katharine's teaching is primarily focussed on cell and molecular biology, and plant sciences. She is a leader in the filed in laboratory based teaching, and places the development of student practical skills at the heart of her modules. Specific modules Katharine teaches on are:

- Cells and Organelles (1st year)

- Diversity of Life (1st year)

- Green Planet (2nd year)

- Professional and Research Skills (2nd year)

- Independent Research Projects (3rd year)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Addressing the hidden curriculum during transition to HE: the importance of empathy

Hubbard, K., Gawthorpe, P., Fallin, L., & Henri, D. (2020). Addressing the hidden curriculum during transition to HE: the importance of empathy. In The Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (59-76). Heslington, York: Advance HE

Journal Article

Challenging, Exciting, Impersonal, Nervous: Academic experiences of large class teaching

Hubbard, K., & Tallents, L. (in press). Challenging, Exciting, Impersonal, Nervous: Academic experiences of large class teaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8(1), 59-73. https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i1.405

Levelling the playing field: The effect of including widening participation in university league tables

Hubbard, K., Nattrass, S., & O'Neill, M. (in press). Levelling the playing field: The effect of including widening participation in university league tables. International Review of Education,

The Student Thesis Conference as a model for authentic and inclusive student research dissemination

Douglas, C., Yearsley, J., Scott, G. W., & Hubbard, K. E. (2018). The Student Thesis Conference as a model for authentic and inclusive student research dissemination. Higher Education Pedagogies, 3(1), 319-341. https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2018.1478675

Circadian oscillations of cytosolic free calcium regulate the Arabidopsis circadian clock

Martí Ruiz, M. C., Hubbard, K. E., Gardner, M. J., Jung, H. J., Aubry, S., Hotta, C. T., …Webb, A. A. (2018). Circadian oscillations of cytosolic free calcium regulate the Arabidopsis circadian clock. Nature Plants, 4(9), 690-698. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0224-8

Research interests

Katharine's research is into how science education can be more effective, and more inclusive of students from different educational backgrounds. She is particularly interested in the following topics:

- How students and scientists read scientific research papers

- Inclusive teaching in the laboratory environment

- The role of research-led teaching in developing student confidence and subject identity

Postgraduate supervision

Undergraduate STEM education

Awards and prizes

National Teaching Fellowship

2019

The National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2017

Senior Fellowship is awarded to professionals who demonstrate they meet the criteria of Descriptor 3 (D3) of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. To be a Senior Fellow of HEA you must demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Society of Experimental Biology Presidents Medal

2017

The SEB President's Medals are awarded annually to young scientists of outstanding merit. The awards are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society which usually takes place in the first week of July every year.

Royal Society of Biology HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year

2016

The Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK's leading bioscience higher education (HE) teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists.

Ethics role

Pedagogy Projects Ethics Officer

2018 - 2019

Ethics officer for Pedagogical Research projects submitted to the Faculty of Science and Engineering ethics committee.