The five members of UWS Academy are here to help UWS staff with their academic and researcher development.
From left, meet Dr Lindsay Coyle, Lecturer, Professional Recognition; Dr Stephanie Zihms, Lecturer, Researcher Development; Dr Jane MacKenzie, Head of UWS Academy; Dr Eilidh Kane, Lecturer, Assessment and Feedback; and Claire Mackie, Teaching Fellow, CPD.
To find out more about the team members, see below.
Originally a research biologist, Dr Jane MacKenzie has taught in higher education for 30 years and has been an academic developer for 15 years. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is particularly interested in evidence-based forms of academic and curriculum development, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Dr Eilidh Kane leads UWS’s Focus On: Assessment & Feedback theme, in part through identifying good practice and developing resources for colleagues. Eilidh is programme leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP). She has a wide range of experience in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the HEA.
Dr Lindsay Coyle is responsible for sALTiRE, the UWS experiential route to Fellowship of the HEA, and various other learning and teaching activities. Lindsay is a Fellow of the HEA and previously worked as an educational developer at Heriot-Watt University.
Dr Stephanie Zihms is responsible for design, evaluation and promotion of research enhancement opportunities for researchers at UWS with a focus on postgraduates and Early Career Academics. She also teaches on the PgCert in Academic Practice. Stephanie worked in industry as a geologist before getting her PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering. She has worked in Higher Education and Research Centres as a postdoctoral researcher before joining UWS Academy. Stephanie also has three years’ experience in researcher development working with postdoctoral researchers at Heriot-Watt University.
Claire Mackie is responsible for organising the UWS Academy series of events, seminars and workshops. She also runs Postgraduates Who Teach sessions, supporting PhD students to develop in their role as teachers. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Claire has over 25 years of experience in learning and teaching at universities in Scotland; her research explores the experience of students articulating from college into university.