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Dr Christopher

An experienced University teacher and admissions tutor of many years standing, winner of a Provosts teaching award and student choice teaching awards from UCL.

Dr Christopher
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( 564 Hours )
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About Dr Christopher
  • Attended:
  • University College London (University of London)

I have recently retired from a Senior lectureship position (associate professorship) after 45 years at University College London. I was a senior lecturer in Biochemistry, enzymology, biotechnology, molecular biology and medical biochemistry. I was a degree programme tutor for many years and was an admissions tutor for the last 27 years of my career. I have vast experience of the entire UCAS process in my capacity as admissions tutor and have spoken publicly on numerous occasions at schools and colleges. I have critically read more than 20,000 UCAS forms and advised many students on personal statement writing, careers, higher education, medical applications and degree programme applications. I spent 35 years as a cancer research and enzymology research scientist, publishing papers and patents throughout my career, supervised PhD students and undergraduate students through complex research projects and acted as a mentor to thousands of students. Whilst my skill set is mainly in the biosciences, I have much experience of natural sciences, medicine and biochemical engineering but have a generic feel for writing and reading UCAS forms. I was personally involved in interviewing thousands of undergraduate students for university places and so know the stresses of these processes on young people. I have also been on medical interview panels and carried out numerous mock interviews with students applying for medicine at undergraduate and graduate level. I have been involved in curriculum design both at UCL and for AQA as an expert on the biological sciences A2 curriculum (current curriculum). In my former role as outreach and admissions lead in the biosciences at UCL I have spoken to many parents and applicants about the university environment, applications and the whole experience of university life and have been actively involved with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in my outreach activities.

I have a wealth of experience in the whole process of thinking about, applying, coping and succeeding in higher education. As a personal tutor it was my role to look after the well-being, both academically and pastorally of my students. I am a student-friendly and affable person who strongly believes that any young person given the right help can be succesful.

Martin

Retired Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, With MA and EdD in Education Studies.

Martin
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( 50 Hours )
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About Martin
  • Attended:
  • University of Birmingham
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Newcastle

I qualified as a dentist a long time ago.

I began my love affair with teaching while doing a spell as a charity worker in a developing country, beginning in 1985. I enjoyed it so much that, once back in the UK, I took up a post teaching dental therapist and dental hygienists in Cardiff, where I remained for 20 years, retiring in 2017

During those 20 years, my love of teaching led me to undertake a masters degree and a doctorate in education, so I could learn a bit about the processes of teaching and learning. I made use of this knowledge and also gave back to the dental community by spending a few years as the external examiner on a PGCert programme for clinicians (Doctors, Dentists, Nurses etc) who wanted to further their own knowledge of teaching and learning. I also contributed by spending 6 years as an inspector for the General Dental Council, helping to ensure that dental therapy and hygiene programmes around the UK were of a high standard.

One of the privileges of being a teacher is to watch students develop their knowledge and skills and I have enjoyed observing and contributing to that development throughout my career. I keep in touch with a number of my ex-students via facebook, and am very proud to see how many of them have gone on to fulfilling careers. In fact, several of them are now teaching on the Cardiff dental hygiene and therapy programmes themselves.

Once I retired in 2017, I found that I missed teaching, and so joined the Profs to offer my expertise in teaching, dentistry and biological sciences. I offer private tuition in A level biology, help undergraduate students with writing skills for final year dissertations and provide writing support for the occasional student undertaking a masters degree.