Dr Charlotte Haigh

Dr Charlotte Haigh

Profile

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.

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 (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 Rose Bavage from Educational Engagement on the year 12 summer school.

I am a member of the Physiological Society and am a trustee of the Society and sit on the education and outreach committee. I also work closely with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Responsibilities

  • Academic Lead for Public Engagement
  • Chair of Special Circumstances Committee for 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>

Qualifications

  • 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:

  • UG Chair of Special Cases Committee - Biomedical Sciences programmes

Committees:

  • Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee