Student Learning Development

Student Learning Development

Biographies

Biographies

Dr Jessica Bownes

Dr Jessica Bownes

Effective Learning Adviser - College of Science & Engineering

I came to Glasgow from Durham University in 2013, when I started my PhD research in stable isotope analysis and radiocarbon dating. While writing my thesis, I taught classes and published research in student academic development in STEM subjects.

Areas of responsibility

I am the academic adviser for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in College of Science and Engineering. I run drop-in workshops in scientific academic writing and critical analysis, as well as undertaking in-course lectures and 1:1 appointments on aspects of effective study and time management.

I am involved as an editor-in-chief and head of copy editing in the undergraduate research journal, [X]position. I also help to run the associated conference, Let’s Talk About [X], along with Dr Struan and Dr Ramsay.

I am actively involved in scholarship of learning and teaching. Current work includes the publication of results from a project investigating the challenges encountered by PGT students as they transition through their degree.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students from CoSE can contact me for advice on writing or academic skills through email or by booking a 1:1 appointment with me.

Academic staff who would like to discuss how to incorporate tailored academic writing classes into their modules are also welcome to contact me to organise in-course support. I can also advise on other provisions I can provide for CoSE students.

Elina Koristashevskaya

Elina Koristashevskaya

Effective Learning Adviser - College of Social Sciences

I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Politics, an MRes in English Language and Linguistics, and I am pursuing my doctoral degree in English Language.

My teaching expertise is in academic enhancement, assessment and feedback practice, and technology enhanced learning.

My research interests include experimental methods in the Humanities, computer-assisted analysis of texts, and literary linguistics.

Areas of responsibility

I am the primary contact for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Social Sciences. 

I run academic development and academic writing classes for students in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences. I also run a separate suite of classes for students writing their dissertations.

I also deliver in-course lectures and provide one-to-one appointments to students in the College of Social Sciences.

I am responsible for the student-facing side of the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit and maintain the online resource.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Social Sciences can contact me for a one-to-one appointment or information about the classes.

Academic staff interested in embedding academic development or academic writing lectures into their course can contact me directly (for courses in CoSS).

Academic staff interested in encouraging student engagement with assessment and feedback can contact me, or my staff-facing counterpart, Dr Amanda Sykes.

Maxinne Connolly

Maxinne Connolly

Effective Learning Adviser - College of MVLS

I am originally from South Africa, where I completed my BA (Hons) in Psychology and English literature. I moved to Glasgow in 2014 to complete my MSc in Psychological Studies at the University of Glasgow. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Psychology of Religion following a deep, immersive qualitative engagement of the social and psychological underpinnings of religious conversion among Iranian migrants. 

During my time at Glasgow, I has been a GTA for various subjects within the Schools of Psychology and Education such as developmental psychology, dissertation writing support and cognitive psychology. I have also been involved as a research intern on a number of projects within those Schools, and as a GTA in LEADS, where I delivered lectures and workshops around effective academic writing. In 2018, I conducted research into effective Peer Assisted Study Schemes (PASS) within the University of Glasgow and throughout the UK.

Areas of responsibility

I am the Effective Learning Adviser for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. I run drop-in workshops in scientific academic writing and critical analysis, and I give lectures in-course. I take 1:1 appointments where I advise on aspects of effective study and time management.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students from CoSE can contact me for advice on writing or academic skills through email or by booking a 1:1 appointment with me.

Academic staff who would like to discuss how to incorporate tailored academic writing classes into their modules are also welcome to contact me to organise in-course support. I can also advise on other provisions I can provide for CoSE students.

Stuart Purcell

Stuart Purcell

Effective Learning Adviser - College of Arts

I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Strathclyde and an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow, where I am also in the process of completing my PhD in English Literature and Media Studies.

I also have a joint BA in Marketing and Business Law at the University of Strathclyde, which I completed before returning to study English Literature. 

Before joining LEADS, I worked in various roles across the University of Glasgow, including lecturing and teaching in English Literature, and I have also worked in widening participation at the University of Strathclyde.

I have a broad range of research interests, including experimental methods in the Humanities, contemporary and/or digital literature, and media studies.

Areas of responsibility

I am the primary contact for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Arts.

I run academic development and academic writing classes for students in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, along with separate suites of classes for students writing their dissertations.

I also deliver in-course lectures and provide one-to-one appointments for students in the College of Arts.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Arts can contact me to make a one-to-one appointment or for information about the classes. 

Academic staff interested in embedding academic development or academic writing lectures for students into courses within the College of Arts can contact me directly.

Dr Julia Bohlmann

Dr Julia Bohlmann

Effective Learning Adviser - International Students

Before joining LEADS in 2018, I worked as Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. I graduated with a PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2016. My thesis examined how cinema was regulated in Scotland during the early twentieth century.

Areas of responsibility

Delivering bespoke classes and offering advice in one to one appointments, I support international students to develop and enhance their academic writing skills. 

Who should contact me

Taught undergraduate and postgraduate international students who seek advice about written academic assignments like essays, reflective pieces, reports and dissertations.

Academic staff who look for assistance to incorporate teaching on academic writing into their classes, wish tailored sessions to be delivered to their student cohort or are concerned about an individual student. 

 

 

Micky Ross

Micky Ross

Effective Learning Adviser - International Students

I have a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience with BioMedical Sciences, an MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and I am in the final stages of my PhD in Education, which has a particular focus on transformative learning in higher education. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My areas of expertise lie in academic writing, especially argumentation, criticality, and academic literacies.

My research interests include transformative pedagogies in higher education, the experience of learning as an adult, the academic self, and Grounded Theory as a method of enquiry in higher education.

Areas of responsibility

I am one of two Effective Learning Advisers for international undergraduate and postgraduate taught students across all Colleges. I run drop-in workshops and lectures in academic writing, which are tailored to the needs of international students. I also provide one-to-one appointments for international students, where I offer advice on aspects of writing such as structure, voice, argumentation, and criticality.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students for any College are welcome to contact me for advice on academic writing via email or by booking a one-to-one appointment.

Staff members who feel that their international students require support, who wish to embed academic writing skills at module or Programme level, or who wish to collaborate on any international student support provision.

Dr Jennifer Boyle

Dr Jennifer Boyle

Effective Writing Adviser - Postgraduate Research Students

I have worked in higher education for over ten years, and worked specifically in the context of the development of academic writing skills since 2007. I work with researchers from all disciplines, and have taught students ranging from school to PhD level. I have a PhD in Medieval History.

Areas of responsibility

I am the writing adviser for postgraduate researchers across all four Colleges. I design and deliver writing workshops, run regular writing bootcamps, and offer 1:1 appointments.

Who should contact me

Any PGR who is looking for advice on any aspect of their writing, for PhD or publication, can contact me regarding workshops or 1:1 appointments.

Supervisors and members of staff can contact me directly to discuss provision for individual students or specific cohorts.

Ruth Douglas

Ruth Douglas

Maths Adviser

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics here at Glasgow University, after which I worked in a variety of jobs before going on to do a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Kings College London.  After teaching in London and time spent overseas, I returned to Glasgow to take up my role in LEADS in 2017.

Areas of responsibility

I provide support to students who require additional help with the maths or numeracy content of their course.  I see students 1:1 on an appointment basis as well as running afternoon drop-in sessions in the Reading Room.  I also run classes and tutorials for specific subjects or courses, e.g. the maths skills test and maths for third year chemistry students.  We have a number of resources, many of which can be found on our Moodle, which I help create and update.  I have specific interests in numeracy for employability and using written video tutorials to explain mathematical problems.

Who should contact me

Students who need additional help with first year maths modules or undergraduates of other subject areas who would like help with pre-honours maths should book an appointment with me or one of my colleagues via the online booking system, or come along to one of our afternoon drop-in sessions.  You can also book an appointment to see me if you would like help with the numeracy tests set by graduate employers. 

Staff should get in touch if they have an interest in enhancing their students' graduate attributes in the area of numeracy, or if they are interested in collaborating to create maths video resources for their subject area. 

George Vazanellis

George Vazanellis

Statistics Adviser

I have a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Mathematics, both from Purdue University, USA, and am currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Statistics here at the University of Glasgow.  I have been involved in higher education since 1998.  Subjects I have instructed include Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Environmental Sustainability.

Areas of responsibility

My role here at LEADS involves statistical and mathematical support to students via 1 to 1 appointments, drop-in sessions, and classes geared towards supplementing maths and stats content for courses which may need it. I also deliver statistics sessions as part of the Academic and Professional Development Classes offered by the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences.

Who should contact me

Undergraduate students enrolled in 1st and 2nd year mathematics and statistics modules as well as PGT students who lack a statistical or mathematical background can come to drop-in sessions and/or make one-to-one appointments with me using the booking system.

Members of staff looking for bespoke workshops to support their students with statistics are welcome to contact me.

Dr Andrew Struan

Dr Andrew Struan

Writing and Study Skills Coordinator (College of Arts contact)

I have an MA, MPhil (by Research) and PhD in political history from the University of Glasgow. I left Glasgow after completing my PhD to become a lecturer, and also completed my postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Virginia. I returned to Glasgow in 2012, and have worked in student academic development since then.

Areas of responsibility

I run the Academic Writing Skills Programme (AWSP) across the Colleges. I co-ordinate all of the Effective Learning Advisers, Effective Writing Advisers and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow within Student Learning Development.

I am the primary contact for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Arts.

In collaboration with the Effecitve Learning Adviser for MVLS, Scott, I co-organise and run the annual undergraduate research conference, Let’s Talk About [X]. Similarly, Scott and I edit and publish the annual, peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, [X]position.

Who should contact me

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the College of Arts are welcome to contact me to discuss any elements of university study or writing. Similarly, any students taking part in AWSP are welcome to contact me for information.

Academic staff looking to implement student academic development into their courses, or any staff interested in AWSP, are also welcome to contact me.

Shazia Ahmed

Shazia Ahmed

Maths & Stats Coordinator

I have an honours degree in Mathematics from the University of London, Masters in IT from the University of Glasgow and PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.


I set up the Maths Support service at Glasgow in 2008. My interests include student transition to university, e-assessment in mathematics using open source software and the use of social media to support students. I am also co-chair of the Scottish Maths Support Network.

Areas of responsibility

My responsibilities include providing 1-1 appointments to pre-honours students, running drop-in sessions, teaching bespoke classes, creating resources and co-ordinating the provision of maths and stats support across the university.

Who should contact me

Students are welcome to contact me to discuss any aspects of their maths studies and with any enquiries about maths and stats help,

Staff who would like to collaborate on projects relating to maths/stats education, student transition (particularly in STEM subjects), online learning and the use of technology for learning and teaching are welcome to contact me.

 

Dr Carol Collins

Dr Carol Collins

Deputy Director - Student Learning Development

I have an degree in English, a PhD in English Literature, and a PGCE in English Secondary Education. I have worked for 13 years as an Effective Learning Adviser (ELA) at Glasgow, firstly for the Schools of Medicine and of Education, and latterly for the College of Arts. I became Senior ELA in 2012 and then Deputy Director with responsibility for student-facing services in 2017.

Areas of responsibility

I have overall operational and strategic responsibility for the student-facing activities within LEADS, and also responsibility for communication and evaluation across LEADS.

Who should contact me

You might like to contact me if you:

  • have queries about student-facing activities in LEADS
  • would like to explore new ways of working with student-facing staff in LEADS
  • have questions about how LEADS can enhance your students’ experience
  • have questions about LEADS publicity and communication or about our evaluation processes