Dr Charlotte Haigh

Dr Charlotte Haigh


After completing my degree in Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Sheffield, I studied a PhD in Molecular Endocrinology at the University of Birmingham. I then did several years Post Doc at the University of Sheffield in kidney physiology before becoming an academic at Leeds focussing on teaching and scholarship.

I have been the School Director of Student Education since September 2019. These has seen huge periods of change. It has led to many challenges but lots of opportunities. I have throughly enjoyed engaging with students and discussing what they have valued from the online learning environment and what aspects we may keep going forward. I have also listened to aspects that haven’t been optimal in the online space and how iomprovements can be made for the future as we move back to some face to face teaching. 

I have a major interest in public engagement: From September 2015, I was 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 was 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 (www.leeds.ac.uk/becurious). 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 Educational Engagement on the year 12 summer school. I finished in this role in August 2019 but still have a vested interst in this area and lead a module FOBS2240: Skills in communicationg research for level 2 students.

I am a member of the Physiological Society and am a trustee of the Society and sit on the education policy and public engagement committee. I have also worked closely with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.


  • Director of Student Education (BMS)

Research interests

Student education in human physiology and public engagement.

Current research topics:

University Student Education Fellowship 2015-18 (Full): I was 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 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.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BSc Sheffield (Biochemistry and Physiology), PhD Birmingham (Molecular Endocrinology)

Student education

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Public engagement projects with schools and community partners
  • Fertilty
  • Diabetes

See also:

Academic roles:

  • Director of Student Education - Biomedical Sciences programmes
  • School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice (SALIP)


  • Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee