Imperial College London

DrAnitaHall

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Senior Teaching Fellow
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5193anita.hall Website

 
 
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Location

 

207Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

My brief education and research story so far:

North Somerset comprehensive school, first degree (first generation) in Zoology, Oxford, UK. PhD in Neurobiology, UCL, UK. Two post-docs in cellular neuroscience and stem cell biology, KCL, UK and Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Appointed as a Neuroscience Lecturer at Imperial College London, UK.

I am now a Senior Teaching Fellow and Deputy Senior Tutor with a particular interest in mental health* and supporting teaching work.

*Staying mentally healthy

Other Significant Activities

Contributions within the Department of Life Sciences

Course leader:

Cell Biology, First year Biochemistry (core course)

Integrative Cell Biology, Second year Biochemistry (core course)

Stem cells, regeneration and ageing, Final year Biochemistry and Biology (elective course, convenor)

Previous: Challenges in Cell Biology, Second year Biochemistry (elective course, designed and convened) 


Course Teacher:


Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology, module leader, Postgraduate Masters course

Previous: Science communication, Neuroscience, Final year Biochemistry and Biology 


Pastoral support roles in the Department:

Deputy Senior Tutor for Biochemistry

Teacher of University study skills and supporter of School-to-University and University-to-work transitions

Personal tutor

Mental Health First Aider and MHFA trainer. I see 2-6 students a week as well as some staff to discuss mental health concerns and questions and signpost the support that is available and the hopeful likelihood of recovery from mental ill health. I deliver bespoke sessions on mental health awareness and support across College and am trained to deliver 4 hour, 1 day and 2 day MHFA courses.

Trained in sexual violence support and domestic violence awareness

 

Other Departmental contributions:

First Year Biochemistry convenor

Member of the Department's curriculum review group and 3 related working groups as part of College's Learning and Teaching strategy

Transferring teaching knowledge via Departmental best practice workshops

Peer reviewing colleagues' teaching practice and innovation

Member of the Life sciences’ teaching committee and contributor to external and internal reviews of our teaching and the development of new courses

Trainer and mentor of postgraduate teaching assistants

Contributor to College Open days for future undergraduates and their parents

Contributor to the Life Sciences’ DNA summer schools

'Champion' of undergraduate research opportunities and intellectual property awareness training

Serve as Member of an undergraduate admissions panel

Served as Departmental Biochemistry careers advisor 

‘Champion’ of staff personal review and development

Recently invited onto a new equal opportunities committee group to discuss widening participation initiatives

 

Contributions within the Faculty of Natural Sciences (FoNS)

A founder, co-organiser, co-supervisor and mentor for the Faculty student team innovation competition,‘FoNS Make a Difference’ until 2017

Schools science competition first stage judge and host

Ran a Biology lab session for Year 12 school students for Imperial Outreach

Contributed some of my work on peer review of academic writing to a FoNS educational technology day.

Undergraduate research opportunity (UROP) reviewer

Served as invited Member of a FoNS Education Futures Curriculum group

When Faculty Senior Tutor invited onto the following committees: Faculty's Education, Undergraduate Student Staff and Masters Student Staff committees and College's Quality Assurance and Enhancement and student support and wellbeing.

 

Contributions beyond Faculty within Imperial College

Invited member of College's Teaching staff career paths and Teaching reward, retention and recognition frameworks working groups

Member of the 'Practioner route' Teaching promotions panel

Invited member of the new College Sexual Harassment working group as part of the new College strategy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Designed and run the Life Sciences and Medicine Global summer school for one hundred 16-17 year old international students (to summer 2017)

Run a summer science workshop for visiting Sutton Trust students 

Serve on Imperial's Transitions Working Groups. These have created online study support resources for undergraduate and Masters students.

Served on the 'task and finish' working group on Doctoral student wellbeing e.g. by helping to develop an online course for supervisors 

Contribute to discussions about mental health first aid with personal tutors (e.g. in the Faculty of Medicine)

Contributed to Imperial's internships strategy group

Served as an invited member of the Schools working group as part of College’s Societal Engagement strategy

Took part in a panel discussion of 'students as partners' during Imperial's Education day 2015 and ran a workshop on Lecturing at Education day 2017

Launched and run a collaborative network of Imperial's 170 Teaching Fellows. This network aims to support the sharing of teaching innovation and best practice as well as career development, scholarship and publication. I Chair the recently established Board of Teaching Fellows.


Invited member of College's Learning and Teaching strategy 'steering group' 

Co-run question and answer sessions about teaching intensive careers for post-docs

Panel member, Making Mental Health Work@Work discussion and Q&A in conjunction with Time to Change December 2015.

Invited member of the ‘Action Inquiry’ groups which examined and suggested ways to evolve Imperial’s institutional culture

Attended Harassment: Confronting Inappropriate Behaviours and Active Bystander training to signal my willingness to help improve Imperial's working culture

Contribute to joint College Trade Union, HR and Senior Management committees and undertake some UCU casework support.

Trained in Hay Group job evaluations and gradings

Volunteered for English conversation sessions with overseas students and researchers as part of Imperial College's Conversation Project (helps alleviate culture shock and offers informal English language support)

Taught neuroscience to medical students e.g. as part of the intercalated BSc in Neuroscience and mental health (to 2017)

 

Professional contributions beyond College

Invited speaker:

'Career paths in academia' at the PhD and Post-docs's careers day, King's College London, September 2016

‘Peer review with first year students (and transition support)’ at the Heads of University Biosciences sponsored workshop on, 'Assessments that reward learning and feedback that builds resilient students'. January 2016

Career paths in academia: what are my options? Naturejobs Career Expo, September 2014 (followed up on Twitter) 

My reflections on widening participation from within a highly selective University, Brilliant Club conference, July 2014, University Perspectives Panel

Career paths in academia: Teaching-focused choices Society for Experimental Biology, June 2014

Guardian Higher Education Network Live chat, 'rethinking the teaching and research balance', November 2011

 

STEM Outreach, widening access and participation, public engagement and STEM careers support 

Most in own time, many as STEMNET London Ambassador, others as an invited volunteer e.g. with Inspiring the future, City Islington College and the Big Bang Festival. These events include: University STEM career networking events, after school science clubs, science fairs, xmas lectures I'm a scientist online, summer school events, University interview practice, developing STEM educational resources, community festivals and FunPalaces.

 

Other professional activities beyond College:

External examiner, Queen Mary University of London

Invited reviewer and Associate editor for Bioscience Horizons (Journal of international undergraduate bioscience research), invited reviewer for Japan Society for the promotion of science and textbook reviewer for Garland Science

Worked with one of the 'big four' audit firms to better support transition, mental health and resilience. This may lead to further work based around a discussion of modern working practices

Served as Director of the Parent Promoters Foundation (Elmgreen's Foundation body) at The Elmgreen School (a community comprehensive school), London, SE27 9BZ November 2015 - Present.  Aim: To work in partnership with the school, parents and the wider community to improve outcomes for all Elmgreen's children

Director of We Rise, a social enterprise based in South London that aims to empower young people to create their own futures through authentic project-based work experiences.

I share information about pedagogy and mental health on Twitter as @ani2tall

I have been trained in Gender equality Outreach by the Fawcett Society to educate the next generation of gender equality champions.

 

Professional prizes

Student Academic Choice Award nominations: Best Innovation, Best Tutoring and Best student support, March 2017 (1/6 Shortlistees for Best Innovation), Imperial student-led awards

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 2015 staff student awards

''Consistent evidence of sustained good practice, very student-centred and a well-informed teacher who is appreciated by both staff and students. Very strong, supportive references also doing good work with the Teaching Fellow network to promote learning & teaching good practice'' (President's Award Reviewers' panel). ''Has inspired 100s of students to try research'', President's Award ceremony.

 

Faculty of Natural Sciences Prize for Excellence in Teaching

May 2015 'Anita is an effective, hard-working teacher who is much appreciated by the students on the UG and Masters programmes. Her approach to teaching is reflective and innovative. Her deep thinking about student learning shows throughout her approach to teaching, whether it is in the lecture theatre, the practical lab or small group tutorials. An excellent departmental citizen, Anita has always been willing to share her good teaching practices with other staff through our termly workshops. Anita also serves as the departmental careers adviser, and has worked to support the school-to-university transition for our first year students. She has also introduced elements of mental health support in a sensitive and caring way as part of her teaching.' FoNS Teaching Committee, 2015

 

Student Academic Choice Award nominations: Best Undergraduate teaching and Best student support, January 2015, Imperial student-led awards

 

Faculty of Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching 

Imperial College London, June 2013

 

Students' nomination for Rector's Excellence in Pastoral Care Award, April 2013

 

HFSP Long-term Fellowship 

Human Frontier Science Program, December 2001

 

Karolinska Institute Fellowship 

Karolinska Institutet, December 2000

 

Continuing professional development

I have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in University Learning and Teaching run by Imperial’s Educational Development Unit and I regularly attend their workshops and seminars. I am currently working on the third research-based part of my Masters in Higher Education on unhealthy perfectionism and curriculum design. I attend teaching conferences and use MOOCs, books and online education networks to learn more and improve my practice in: assessment, feedback, problem-based learning, inclusivity, gamification, laboratory teaching, one-off teaching sessions, small group teaching, reflective learning, course design, public engagement, educational technology, transition support, informal learning and emerging bioscience fields

 

Interests

Student-run research projects

Research-led teaching to raise student engagement

Student-led invention and innovation, hacklabs and makerspaces

Outreach and widening access and participation in further and higher education

Social media's role in education

Collaborative neuroscience research

Careers advice

Supporting positive mental health in students and staff

Informal learning

Public STEM engagement and dialogue

Bioethics

Staff development and support

Publications

Journals

Sacchetti P, Sousa KM, Hall AC, et al., 2009, Liver X Receptors and Oxysterols Promote Ventral Midbrain Neurogenesis In Vivo and in Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Cell Stem Cell, Vol:5, ISSN:1934-5909, Pages:409-419

Bryja V, Andersson ER, Schambony A, et al., 2009, The extracellular domain of Lrp5/6 inhibits noncanonical Wnt signaling in vivo., Mol Biol Cell, Vol:20, Pages:924-936

Andersson ER, Prakash N, Cajanek L, et al., 2008, Wnt5a regulates ventral midbrain morphogenesis and the development of A9-A10 dopaminergic cells in vivo., Plos One, Vol:3

Bonilla S, Hall AC, Pinto L, et al., 2008, Identification of midbrain floor plate radial glia-like cells as dopaminergic progenitors., Glia, Vol:56, Pages:809-820

Sousa KM, Mira H, Hall AC, et al., 2007, Microarray analyses support a role for Nurr1 in resistance to oxidative stress and neuronal differentiation in neural stem cells, Stem Cells, Vol:25, ISSN:1066-5099, Pages:511-519

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