Academic Development Team
The Academic Development Team (ADT) is a team of Biomedical Scientists, Education Transformation Fellows, and Academic Developers, situated in FoM PGT.
The ADT work is designed to support Faculty in the Transformation of Education, working with individuals, module leads, programme leads and senior management.
Our strategic priorities are to:
- Enhance the quality of student learning and experience in PGT Education.
- Support postgraduate teaching and learning innovation in line with institutional priorities and Strategies.
- Enhance the profile of FoM teaching and learning at Imperial College and beyond.
- Support FoM PGT colleagues in the development of their Teaching and learning understanding, practices and profiles.
- Recognise good practice in teaching and learning and create a strong community of practice.
Programme and Module Development
We provide bespoke support to module and programme teams on developing a wide range of teaching and learning practices and processes.
To find out more and find out who to contact for bespoke support with your teaching context, please see the Programme and Module Development page.
ADT Explore Series
Explore series provides professional and practice development opportunities for colleagues who hold PGT teaching and learning responsibilities in the Faculty of Medicine.
This includes opportunities to:
- engage with workshops to enhance teaching and learning practices
- receive and offer support from and for colleagues on their teaching and learning development
- collaborate in a burgeoning community of practice as mentors, co-designers, and fellow developers of education projects.
- access and contribute to a growing body of resources which support teaching and learning.
- Showcase and share your practices across Faculty and beyond
ADT Explore Series has three separate but complementary projects:
Explore Module Leadership
Support for current and aspiring module leads in the development of modules, programmes and teaching practices. Click here for details.
Explore PGT Pedagogies
Support for all teaching and learning staff in the development of teaching practices bespoke to PGT. Click here for details.
Explore Teacher Identity and Recognition
Support for individuals in the development of teaching profiles and identities, and in the achievement of recognitions, such as HEA Fellowships. Click here for details.
We hope you find these opportunities of interest and we welcome further suggestions for development and/or collaboration.
Please contact ADT@imperial.ac.uk with questions or suggestions.
Dr Luis Pereira, SFHEA
Luis completed his PhD in the area of digital media education at the University of Minho in 2012. Before joining Imperial College in April 2021, he worked as an Academic Developer at Coventry University where he taught in the online PGCert in Academic Practice in Higher Education. He also ran training for academic staff on teaching and learning in HE with a special focus on active learning, digital competences and (critical) digital pedagogies.
Luis has developed a particular expertise in innovative teaching methods, namely in online environments. He has a great experience of curriculum design and also of methods of authentic assessment. Furthermore, he has worked on several projects to disseminate good teaching practices across the institution. Luis is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and joined the FoM PGT team as a Senior Academic Developer (Education Transformation).
Anna Maria Jones, FHEA FSEDA
Ania joined Imperial College in September 2018 as a Strategic Teaching Fellow for Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the Faculty of Medicine, where she facilitated the curriculum review of the majority of FoM Master's programmes, promoting effective, student-centred practice. As of January 2020, Ania took on a new role in Postgraduate Medicine as a Biomedical Education Transformation Fellow, to act as an educational consultant as part of a Faculty-wide initiative to support continued effective implementation of reviewed curricula.
Ania also takes part in a range of teaching, educational projects and research, including staff lead for 'Adapt To Postgrad' pre-arrival course for prospective FoM Master's students, anatomy teaching for MBBS and PGT programmes, educational research co-lead for embedding and evaluating effective teaching of critical thinking across a Biomedical Science Master's programme.
Dr Elaina Maginn, FHEA
Elaina received her PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, where she investigated novel therapeutic approaches for chronic B-cell malignancies. She then joined the Division of Cancer at Imperial where she investigated new strategies for treating pancreatic and ovarian cancers, with particular focus on identifying how DNA damage response pathways may be targeted for therapeutic gain.
Elaina joined the FoM PGT team as an Education Transformation Fellow in 2020. In addition to her ADT work, she has experience or ongoing involvement in PG and UG teaching, course organisation (MRes and iBSc), module design and development, lab-based research project supervision, assessments, and personal tutoring.
Dr Latha Ramakrishnan, SFHEA
Latha completed her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from UCL in 2010. Her keen interest in medical research led her to accept her first postdoctoral position in the Critical Care Group, NHLI. Later she worked for a BHF project on Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in the Vascular Biology Group, NHLI. Latha joined the PG Education Team in early 2018 and supported the Faculty wide PG curriculum Review. She has worked extensively towards the embedding of Authentic Assessments and Imperial Graduate Attributes into the postgraduate curricula.
Latha is the lead for the conception, design, development and delivery of a cross-disciplinary i-Explore STEMM module on 'Personalised Medicine - Hope or Hype', which is offered to undergraduate students across the college from any primary discipline/faculty. Her educational interests include staff and student identity formation, resilience and partnership.