Claire Garden
Claire Garden

Dr Claire Garden PFHEA MRSB

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Claire Garden (she/her) PFHEA MRSB is Associate Professor of Lifescience Education and Head of Learning and Teaching in the School of Applied Science.

Claire graduated with an MBiochem first degree from the University of Bath with neuroscience placements at both University College London and Wake Forest University (NC, USA). She then completed a prestigious CASE PhD studentship in Molecular Neuroscience at the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, University of Bristol, sponsored by GlaxoSmithkline. This led to postdoctoral work and a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Bristol in the Anatomy and Pharmacology departments before her appointment as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in Biomedical Sciences & Microbiology in 2013 and in 2017-8 became Head of Life Sciences with strategic responsibility for over 50 academic staff and in the region of 700 students, alongside teaching and research. Claire became the School's Head of Learning and Teaching in March 2020 and led the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She leads the School's LTA strategy, underpinned by student engagement pedagogy. She has extensive experience of staff development, capacity building, mentorship, line management and coaching.

Claire trained in molecular and developmental neuroscience research and now focuses on pedagogical research. She has held Nuffield, Carnegie Trust, RS MacDonald Trust and Scottish Funding Council funding as Principal Investigator and has led a number of funded upskilling initiatives, most recently the Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network funded by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. She now researches novel teaching methods such as gamification, Lego Serious Play and Virtual Reality that improve student engagement, and is an elected member of the Researching, Advancing,& Inspiring Student Engagement network committee. Claire has worked with industry to include novel teaching approaches in training through the Innovation Voucher scheme and is also interested in barriers to the inclusion of industry-relevant skills in life sciences curricula. She regularly collaborates with Skills Development Scotland , Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Universities Lifesciences Alliance (SULSA) on upskilling initiatives, most recently instigating and hosting the first ever Scottish Life and Chemical Science Skills Summit in September 2023 . She is chair of the SULSA Skills Committee and is regularly invited to present on skills to industry committees. Claire has supervised a number of research degrees (PhD and MRes) to completion.

Claire has taught and led a wide variety of Biomedical Sciences modules both in Edinburgh and with international partners, she also has experience of programme leadership. She currently teaches Cell Biology and Pharmacology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is module leader for the Honours Project undergraduate biological sciences module. As Subject Group Leader, she led Biomedical and Biological Sciences degrees to high levels of student satisfaction in the NSS (up to 100%) together with RCVS and RSB undergraduate degree accreditation. Claire has expertise in curriculum design, development and enhancement, and accreditation and quality assurance. She was recognised as Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2024 in recognition of her commitment and expertise in the strategic leadership of Teaching and Learning. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and the Outreach Education and Inclusion working group for the Society of Experimental Biology. She is a proud advocate for equality and inclusion.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network Forum Member
  • Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Committee member
  • Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) National Agency for Life Sciences (NALS) committee member
  • SDS/ SE Joint Working Group on Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
  • U!REKA Partnership HERD Group Institutional Lead
  • Scottish Lifescience Association Higher Education Special Interest Group
  • Member of the Heads of Universities Biosciences
  • Scottish Lifesciences Association HR SIG
  • Scottish Universities Deans of Science Member

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Life of Learning: Engaging Students in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the Applied Sciences. Society for Experimental Biology Conference

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh BMS Programme
  • Abertay University Division of Science ILR External Panel Member
  • External Examiner DeMontfort University Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate suite

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • ENU Teaching Fellow Grant Panel Member
  • Member of Carnegie Trust Panel of Assessors

 

Invited Speaker

  • Getting Started with Gamification: Heads of University Biosciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • HEA STEM Conference, Online
  • U!REKA Conference, Online
  • Gamification for Engagement: A Framework to Study and Apply Engagement. ENU Research Conference. Edinburgh, UK
  • No Alarms and No Surprises. Universal Design for Learning: Taking Down the Barriers. Teaching Fellow Conference. Edinburgh, UK
  • Gamifying Formative Assessment for Student Engagement: The First Real How-To. SEDA Conference Workshop. Leeds, UK
  • Putting Theory Into Practice: Gamification for Student Engagement. Edulearn Conference. Palma, Spain
  • Theory and Games: Developing a Method for Gamifying HE. Edulearn Conference. Palma, Spain.
  • Remix Play Summit. Coventry, UK
  • An Exploration of Lego Serious Games for Teaching Cell Biology in HE. Playful Learning Conference Workshop, Manchester UK
  • Student-Centred Lifelong Employability for a Future-Proof Workforce. Invited Keynote: World Biodiscovery Conference. Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Employability, Laboratory Skills and Competencies at Edinburgh Napier University. Invited Speaker: RSB/SDS Joint Meeting
  • Abertay University: Fetal Programming: Only from the Neck Down? Invited talk. Dundee, UK
  • BNA 2015 Festival of Neuroscience: Delayed cerebellar development as a result of in utero androgen hyper-exposure.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of British Educational Research Association
  • Member of the Society for Experimental Biology
  • Member of RAISE Network
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • James Young S1 STEM event
  • Letham Primary School STEM event
  • Williamston Primary School STEM Fair
  • STEM Marketplace (Raising Aspirations in Science Education project)
  • S4 St Augustine's Outreach visit
  • Wellcome Trust Edinburgh International Film Festival Ideas Lab June 2015. Invited workshop participant.
  • Tweedlove Festival June 2015

 

Reviewing

  • Trends in Higher Education Journal Reviewer
  • Programme Reviewer SEB Annual Conference
  • Behavioural Sciences Journal Reviewer
  • Information and Learning Sciences Journal Reviewer
  • Programme Reviewer RAISE Annual Conference
  • Education Sciences Journal Reviewer
  • Journal of Further and Higher Education Reviewer
  • Programme reviewer HEA STEM Conference
  • Global Journal of Health Sciences Reviewer
  • Toxicology Letters Journal Reviewer

 

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A biomechanical investigation of a spinal mobilisation intervention with Multiple Sclerosis patients

Presentation / Conference
Hamilton, R., Brown, S., & Garden, C. (2019, October)
A biomechanical investigation of a spinal mobilisation intervention with Multiple Sclerosis patients. Poster presented at Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis, Special Interest Group on Mobility, Glasgow, UK
Final PhD results with comparisons over 3 studies investigating a biomechanical analysis of a spinal mobilisation therapy analysing muscle tissue quality, functional balance a...

Using Lego to Construct Active Learning Experiences

Presentation / Conference
Ennis, L., & Garden, C. (2019, July)
Using Lego to Construct Active Learning Experiences. Presented at Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship, Edinburgh
This workshop will explore some of the different ways to use Lego construction toys as a mechanism for encouraging Active Learning. As a learning tool Lego has many uses and o...

No Alarms and No Surprises

Presentation / Conference
Garden, C. (2019, June)
No Alarms and No Surprises. Presented at Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh
In this presentation I will outline a number of case studies where I have learned from working with students from different learning backgrounds to develop my teaching ethos o...

Gamification for Engagement: A Framework to Study and Apply Gamification

Presentation / Conference
Garden, C., & Rivera, E. (2019, June)
Gamification for Engagement: A Framework to Study and Apply Gamification. Presented at ENU Research Conference 2019, Edinburgh
We will showcase research currently underway through a PhD studentship entitled ‘Does Gamification improve engagement with, and effectiveness of formative assessment?’. We fir...

Putting theory into practice: gamification for student engagement

Conference Proceeding
Garden, C., & Rivera, E. (2018)
Putting theory into practice: gamification for student engagement. In EDULEARN18 Proceedings, (4563-4570). https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2018.1138
Gamification is the use of game design elements in a non-game contexts [1]. It is an intervention that has been used in a business setting for a number of years and is now bec...

Theory and Games: Developing a method for gamifying Higher Education

Conference Proceeding
Rivera, E. S., & Garden, C. L. P. (2018)
Theory and Games: Developing a method for gamifying Higher Education. In EDULEARN18 Proceedings
Gamification, the use of game attributes in non-game context, is used in the private sector as well as education[1]. Research into Gamified Learning (GL) often focuses on case...

Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick

Journal Article
Garden, C., Ennis, L., & Yorkstone, S. (2018)
Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick. Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellows Journal,
No abstract available.

The investigation of a spinal mobilisation intervention in people with Multiple Sclerosis

Presentation / Conference
Hamilton, R., Brown, S., & Garden, C. (2018, September)
The investigation of a spinal mobilisation intervention in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Poster presented at Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis, Special Interest Group on Mobility
Preliminary results of a spinal mobilisation intervention in people with multiple sclerosis, a randomised cross-over trial.

Constructing Active Learning Experiences

Presentation / Conference
Garden, C., & Ennis, L. (2018, January)
Constructing Active Learning Experiences. Presented at ALIEN (Active Learning In Edinburgh Napier) Staff Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus
There are many methods for stimulating Active Learning in the Higher Education classroom. Active Learning occurs when higher-order thinking is invoked during learning events, ...

Weaker control of the electrical properties of cerebellar granule cells by tonically active GABAA receptors in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down's syndrome.

Journal Article
Szemes, M., Davies, R. L., Garden, C. L. P., & Usowicz, M. M. (2013)
Weaker control of the electrical properties of cerebellar granule cells by tonically active GABAA receptors in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down's syndrome. Molecular Brain, 6, 33
BACKGROUND Down's syndrome (DS) is caused by triplication of all or part of human chromosome 21 and is characterized by a decrease in the overall size of the brain. One of th...

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