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The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required in advance – book your seat via  Eventbrite.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture at 18.30 on the Level 2 Concourse outside the lecture theatre.


For over 100 years society has learnt and benefited from the Imperial’s STEMMB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medical and Business) research. Although we are a research intensive STEMMB university, we are also interested in the highest quality teaching of those disciplines. However, we have tended to concentrate on disciplinary research rather than research on the teaching and learning of those STEMMB disciplines.

Now, Imperial, armed with its new Learning and Teaching strategy, is undergoing landmark, institutional-wide curriculum review and innovation. The aim is to offer all our students a more inclusive, interactive experience that makes better use of technology enhanced learning. Improving student experience through relevant, challenging learning, producing high quality students for an increasingly diverse range of careers, whilst staying true to our principles and values as a research intensive STEMMB university.

We are keen for a robust evidence base for our curricular innovation and to have a greater external profile and voice on STEMMB pedagogy. This is one of the motivations behind CHERS, the College’s new Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship, which will facilitate pedagogic innovation and research, supporting College staff to develop and grow their expertise.

CHERS will be led by Martyn Kingsbury, the College’s first Professor of Higher Education, and a former biomedical research scientist before moving into education research. In his inaugural lecture, which will launch the new Centre, Martyn will draw out lessons from his research and his personal journey from biomedical researcher into Education and lay out his vision for CHERS and pedagogic research at Imperial. One where all who support learning are able to share wisdom and experience beyond their immediate peers, and can increasingly speak to the broader education sector as Imperial finds its ‘voice’ as not only an internationally renowned institution for STEMMB disciplinary research but also for high quality STEMMB education and pedagogic research.


Martyn started out doing a Biological Science degree in Bristol, an applied course that included stints working in veterinary pathology and forensic science. Having specialised in physiology and pharmacology he continued on to do his PhD at the University of Bath where he researched the cardiovascular effects of chronic administration of atenolol and nitrendipine given alone and in combination as part of a CASE award that also saw him researching at Astra Zeneca pharmaceuticals in Cheshire. A Royal Society / JSPS Fellowship at Tohoku University medicine followed and he spent two years in Japan researching the profile of novel cardiovascular drugs. On completing this he briefly returned to Bath to extend his PhD work before joining Imperial in 1993 as a research associate at St Mary’s in the Academic Cardiology unit looking at left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure.

Martyn has always been interested in teaching, teaching cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology at undergraduate and post graduate level, being involved in a number of intercalated BScs and teaching on the MBBS course. Having gained a Certificate of advanced Studies in learning and teaching and later an MA in Education he increasingly was drawn into education and joined Imperial then Centre for Educational development in 2005 as an educational developer. He played a key role in developing Imperial’s Master’s in University Learning and Teaching and took over as head of the renamed EDU in 2010 and became director of educational development in 2014. He maintains his links with Japan in both scientific and pedagogic research and was chair of the JSPS UK Alumni association for many years. He has also has a longstanding interest in Japanese martial arts, which he has taught for over 30 years. He is presently the head of style of Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu and see links in teaching and learning across all the contexts in which he has taught and studied.