Dr Charlotte Haigh

BSc Sheffield (Biochemistry and Physiology), PhD Birmingham (Molecular Endocrinology)
Associate Professor in Human Physiology
School of Biomedical Sciences

Contact: Manton 6.86, +44(0) 113 34 34277, email address for  

Research Interests

Student education in human physiology and public engagement

Public engagement: As of September 2015, I became the academic lead on a project for the University funded by RCUK. The project is to embed public engagement with research and support academic staff in embracing public engagement throughout the research cycle. This involves dissemination to the public but also co-enquiry and co-creation of knowledge which can lead to research which has a greater impact on society. I am the academic lead on the public and patient involvement strand of the Wellcome ISSF funded project held by the University which supports activities aimed at a public audience including a research based open day at the University Be Curious (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/4000/around_campus/460/be_curious_festival-about_leeds_and_yorkshire).I am a champion of public engagement for the Faculty, I chair the Faculty Outreach and science communication group. I also chair a University wide group Pepnet (network of PE practitioners across the University) with Alexa Ruppertsberg. I also work with Rose Bavage from Educational Engagement on the year 12 summer school.

I am a member of the Physiological society and am the Society representative for the University and a member of their education and outreach committee. I also work closely with the National co-ordinating centre for public engagement.


Current research topics

University Student Education Fellowship 2015-18 (Full): I have recently be awarded a full  fellowship for my work in the field of student education. As part of my project, I have created a discovery module for all students, irrespective of discipline that would focus on training in the field of public engagement skills and communicating research to the public. http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynmodules.asp?Y=201718&M=FOBS-2240

Transition into Higher education: I have a University Student Education fellowship from the University of Leeds which came with £5000 project funding to run a cross faculty transition support programme in FBS. For more information see www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/transitions

Wellcome Trust Peoples Award: Myself and Dr David Lewis currently hold a Wellcome Trust Peoples award for the value of £30,000 with the project entitled ' The physiology and pharmacology of performance enhancement in sport' which involved running a series of practicals and ethical debates for schools, events for sports coaches and an interactive exhibition. More details can be found here www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/performance2012

Physiological Society Teaching project funding: I was successful in receiving funding for a new module entitled Life at the Extremes to be taught at level 1. This will enhance the teaching of human physiology at level 1 at the University of Leeds. The funding will cover some excellent external speakers as well as recording these lectures and uploading them on an open access web resource for all schools/colleges and other HE establishments to utilise www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/extremes

I am a member of the ULBERG group within the Faculty of Biological Sciences researching into improving the student experience.

I am also a school govenor at South Parade Primary School, in Ossett, Wakefield.


Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • The role of social media in Public engagement
  • Science in Society
  • Diabetes

See also:

Modules managed

BMSC1214 - Human Endocrinology
BMSC1215 - Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology
BMSC2119 - Experimental Skills
FOBS2240 - Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University

Modules taught

BMSC1103 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
BMSC1110/SPSC1220 - Foundation modules
BMSC1213 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2
BMSC1214 - Human Endocrinology
BMSC1215 - Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology
BMSC2119 - Experimental Skills
BMSC2119/3302 - Experimental Skills/Medical Pharmacology
BMSC2225 - Physiology of Absorption and Excretion
BMSC2232 - Topics in Physiology
BMSC3145/46 A - ATU - Physiology of reproduction and fertility
BMSC3301 - Research Project in Biomedical Sciences
BMSC3302 - Medical Pharmacology
DSUR1128 - Intro to Oral Environment
FOAR1000 - Introducing Liberal Arts
FOBS2240 - Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University
SPSC5314M - Personal Development and Employability for Sport and Exercise Scientists

Academic roles

UG Chair of Special Cases Committee - Biomedical Sciences programmes


Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee

Lewis DI, Mills D, Haigh C Performance 2012: Engaging the public with the physiology and pharmacology of sporting success, 2013

Haigh C, Mills D, Lewis DI Highlighting the issues of drug use in sport: Olympic special, 2012

Millar ID, Hartley JA, Haigh C, Grace AA, White SJ, Kibble JD, Robson L Volume regulation is defective in renal proximal tubule cells isolated from KCNE1 knockout mice EXP PHYSIOL 89 173-180, 2004