Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Sue Whittle

BSc, Leeds; PhD, Leeds; PGCLTHE
Associate Professor
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Contact:  Garstang 8.50a, +44(0) 113 34 33114, email address for  

Research Interests

Student education

My research interests include:

  • the support of students during transition between school and university, and between phases of undergraduate study.
  • the development of students' transferable skills, both before entry to university and during undergraduate study. Projects have included studying the effect of first year courses on skills development, effects of changes to UK secondary education, and differences between the transferable skills of intakes to a range of UK and South African medical schools.
  • the use of on-line resources and blended learning; recent projects have included the design, implementation and evaluation of on-line resources to support the development of students' laboratory skills (http://www.virtual-labs.leeds.ac.uk/), Career Planning (iDecide), and support of returning students (Year 2 support resource).
  • the use of educational environment surveys to evaluate and enhance the student experience.
  • the development of modules using 'flipped classroom' techniques which utilise REF case studies to enhance students' understanding of the impact of research outputs.

These projects have been supported through awards of University of Leeds Student Education Fellowships in 2010 and 2014.

I was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2014.

External Activities

I am an accreditor for the HEA, and External Examiner (University of Birmingham, MBChB).

 

 

Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • The role of nutrition in health and disease
  • Making science fun - students into primary schools

See also:

Modules managed

BIOC3160 - Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project
BIOL1225 - How can Biological Sciences change the world
BIOL1302 - Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences
BIOL1303 - Introductory Skills for Biotechnology
BIOL3306 - Biological Sciences Research Project
BIOL3397 - Biotechnology Research Project
MICR3080 - Microbiology Research Project
MICR3110 - Medical Microbiology Research Project
MICR3370 - Microbiology with Virology Research Project

Modules taught

BIOC1301 - Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life
BIOC2301 - Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry
BIOC2303 - Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills
BIOC3160 - Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project
BIOC3160/BOL3306/3398/MICR3080/3110/3190/3370 - MCB projects
BIOL1225 - How can Biological Sciences change the world
BIOL1302 - Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences
BIOL1302/1303 - Intro skills - Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
BIOL1302/1303/MICR1320 - Intro skills - Biological Science and Microbiology
BIOL1305 - Integrated Skills in Biosciences 1
BIOL2211 - Human Diseases
BIOL2301 - Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences
BIOL2301/03/MICR2320 - Skills for Biol Sci and Microbiology
BIOL3306 - Biological Sciences Research Project
BMSC1103 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
BOL3306/3397/MICR3080/3110/3190/3370 - MCB projects
FOBS1135/BIOL1112 - The Basis of Life/The molecules of life
FOBS1201/BIOL1214 - Molecular Physiology/Multicellular Systems
MEDI - Medical teaching
MEDI1216 - Introduction to Medical Sciences
MEDI1218 - RESS project
MEDI1220 - Body Systems
SPSC2203 - Exercise Biochemistry

Committees

Member of Faculty Taught Student Education Committee (Co-opted member)
Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee (Programme Manager: Biological Sciences & Biotechnology with Enterprise)

Whittle SR The second-year slump– now you see it, now you don’t: using DREEM-S to monitor changes in student perception of their educational environment Journal of Further and Higher Education 1-10, 2016
DOI:10.1080/0309877X.2016.1206854
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Whittle SR, Bickerdike SR Online Preparation Resources Help First Year Students to Benefit from Practical Classes Journal of Biological Education -, 2014
DOI:10.1080/00219266.2014.914554
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Bickerdike S, Whittle SR, Pickering JD Do lecture audio-recordings support engagement and flexible learning? Med Educ 48 522-523, 2014
DOI:10.1111/medu.12442

Murdoch-Eaton D, Manning D, Kwizera E, Burch V, Pell G, Whittle S Profiling undergraduates' generic learning skills on entry to medical school; an international study. Med Teach 34 1033-1046, 2012
DOI:10.3109/0142159X.2012.706338
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Murdoch-Eaton D, Whittle S Generic skills in medical education: developing the tools for successful lifelong learning. Med Educ 46 120-128, 2012
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04065.x
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Murdoch-Eaton D, Drewery S, Elton S, Emmerson C, Marshall M, Smith JA, Stark P, Whittle S What do medical students understand by research and research skills? Identifying research opportunities within undergraduate projects. Med Teach 32 e152-e160, 2010
DOI:10.3109/01421591003657493
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Whittle SR, Pell G, Murdoch-Eaton DG 'Recent changes to students' perceptions of their key skills on entry to higher education' Journal of Further and Higher Education 34 557-570, 2010

Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Learning about plagiarism using Turnitin detection software. Med Educ 42 528-, 2008
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2008.03058.x

Robinson L, Drewery S, Ellershaw J, Smith J, Whittle S, Murdoch-Eaton D Research governance: impeding both research and teaching? A survey of impact on undergraduate research opportunities. Med Educ 41 729-736, 2007
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2007.02776.x
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Whittle SR, Whelan B, Murdoch-Eaton DG DREEM and beyond; studies of the educational environment as a means for its enhancement. Educ Health (Abingdon) 20 7-, 2007
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Stark P, Ellershaw J, Newble D, Perry M, Robinson L, Smith JE, Whittle SR, Murdock-Eaton D Student-selected components in the undergraduate medical curriculum: a multi-institutional consensus on assessable key tasks Medical Teacher 27 720-725, 2005
DOI:10.1080/01421590500271530
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Robley WA, Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Mapping generic skills curricula: a recommended methodology Journal of Further and Higher Education 29 221-231, 2005
DOI:10.1080/03098770500166801

Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Curriculum 2000: have changes in sixth form curricula affected students' key skills? Journal of Further and Higher Education 29 61-71, 2005
DOI:10.1080/03098770500037762

Robley WA, Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Mapping generic skills curricula: outcomes and discussion Journal of Further and Higher Education 29 321-330, 2005
DOI:10.1080/03098770500353342

Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Lifelong learning skills: how experienced are students when they enter medical school? Medical Teacher 26 576-578, 2004
DOI:10.1080/01421590410001711544

Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Study habits audit. Med Educ 38 566-567, 2004
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2929.2004.01877.x

Murdoch-Eaton DG, Ellershaw J, Garden A, Newble D, Perry M, Robinson L, Smith J, Stark P, Whittle SR Student Selected Components in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum; a multi-institutional consensus on purpose Medical Teacher 26 33-38, 2004
DOI:10.1080/0142159032000150494

Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Student-selected projects: can they enhance lifelong learning skills? Med Teach 24 41-44, 2002
DOI:10.1080/00034980120103469
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Whittle SR, Murdoch-Eaton DG Development of lifelong learning and self-evaluation skills through special study modules. Med Educ 35 1073-1074, 2001

Whittle SR, Eaton DG Attitudes towards transferable skills in medical undergraduates. Med Educ 35 148-153, 2001
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TURNER AJ, WHITTLE SR BIOCHEMICAL DISSECTION OF THE GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRATE SYNAPSE BIOCHEM J 209 29-41, 1983

TURNER AJ, WHITTLE SR, HRYSZKO J, JAGANNATHA HM, SASTRY PS, GUHA SR EFFECTS OF ANTICONVULSANTS ON ALDEHYDE REDUCTASE AND ACYL-COA REDUCTASE - IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BIOSYNTHESIS OF ETHER-LINKED GLYCEROLIPIDS IN BRAIN BIOCHEM PHARMACOL 31 2307-2309, 1982

WHITTLE SR, TURNER AJ DIFFERENTIAL-EFFECTS OF SEDATIVE AND ANTICONVULSANT BARBITURATES ON SPECIFIC [H-3]GABA BINDING TO MEMBRANE PREPARATIONS FROM RAT-BRAIN CORTEX BIOCHEM PHARMACOL 31 2891-2895, 1982

WHITTLE SR, TURNER AJ EFFECTS OF ANTICONVULSANTS ON THE FORMATION OF GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRATE FROM GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRATE IN RAT-BRAIN J NEUROCHEM 38 848-851, 1982

TURNER AJ, WHITTLE SR, HRYSZKO J, GUHA SR BIOGENIC ALDEHYDE METABOLISM IN RAT-BRAIN - SUB-CELLULAR DISTRIBUTION OF ALDOSE REDUCTASE AND VALPROATE-SENSITIVE ALDEHYDE REDUCTASE J NEUROCHEM 39 306-309, 1982

Turner AJ, Whittle SR Functions of aldehyde reductases Biochemical Society Transactions 9 279-281, 1981

Whittle SR, Turner AJ Biochemical actions of sodium valproate Biochemical Society Transactions 9 313-314, 1981

WHITTLE SR, TURNER AJ ANTI-CONVULSANTS AND BRAIN ALDEHYDE METABOLISM - INHIBITORY CHARACTERISTICS OF OX BRAIN ALDEHYDE REDUCTASE BIOCHEM PHARMACOL 30 1191-1196, 1981

WHITTLE SR, TURNER AJ BIOGENIC ALDEHYDE METABOLISM IN RAT-BRAIN - DIFFERENTIAL SENSITIVITY OF ALDEHYDE REDUCTASE ISOENZYMES TO SODIUM VALPROATE BIOCHIM BIOPHYS ACTA 657 94-105, 1981

TURNER AJ, WHITTLE SR SODIUM VALPROATE, GABA AND EPILEPSY TRENDS PHARMACOL SCI 1 257-260, 1980

TURNER AJ, WHITTLE SR STUDIES ON ALDEHYDE REDUCTASES FROM RAT-BRAIN ALCOHOL CLIN EXP RES 3 265-265, 1979

Morris DW, Ogden-Swift SR, Virrankoski-Castrodeza V, Ainley K, Parish JH Transduction of Myxococcus virescens by coliphage P1CM: generation of plasmids containing both phage and Myxococcus genes. J Gen Microbiol 107 73-83, 1978
DOI:10.1099/00221287-107-1-73
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WHITTLE SR, TURNER AJ EFFECTS OF ANTICONVULSANT SODIUM VALPROATE ON GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRATE AND ALDEHYDE METABOLISM IN OX BRAIN J NEUROCHEM 31 1453-1459, 1978