I really do like teaching – and I’ve wanted to teach for as long as I can remember. The only thing that’s changed is the age group that I wanted in my classes. The great thing about working in a university like ours, is that you get to create a pedagogical linkages – my field work gives me questions for my research which feeds into my teaching which gives me new ideas and directions for further research and how to approach case work.
At Teesside, I mainly teach on the forensic science, forensic biology and crime scene science degrees, and of course I love working with my anthropological army of PhD students. As testament to my hard work in this area, in 2014, the Higher Education Academy awarded my a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching and support for learning. It’s a wonderful honour. As Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) I’m now able to support others in their teaching activities to ensure a fantastic, worthwhile and challenging experience for all of our students.
My teaching has also led directly to the creation of my spin-out company, anthronomics ltd, which aspires to develop incredible teaching and study aids for people like us.