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Queen Mary academic wins teaching excellence award

Dr Rosemary Clyne, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, has received the prestigious 2021 Teaching Excellence Award from the Biochemical Society.

24 March 2020

Dr Rosemary Clyne, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London
Dr Rosemary Clyne, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London

The Biochemical Society Awards aim to recognise outstanding researchers and academics who are dedicated to improving understanding of biology, and show commitment to enhancing knowledge in the field.   

Dr Clyne, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the recipient of two Queen Mary Education Excellence Awards, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this distinguished award from the Biochemical Society. For me this Award recognises my inclusive approach towards delivering the best possible learning experience for all students.

“I have championed the potential of technology to elevate learning and improve confidence towards experimental work. I am grateful to Queen Mary for supporting the digital learning and outreach projects that have enabled me to communicate my enthusiasm and passion for science education so widely. I share this honour with all the fantastic students who have inspired my work.” 

The online resources, which she has developed to improve learning of experimental techniques, include the ‘QMUL Science Alive’ video collection produced together with Queen Mary postgraduate students, and the Flow Cytometry Virtual Lab developed in collaboration with the Genetic Science Learning Center.

Inspiring future leaders

Dr Clyne earned her PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine working with Professor Thomas J. Kelly, and conducted postdoctoral work as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Fellow with Professor Kim Nasmyth at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, working in the field of chromosome dynamics and cell cycle regulation.

She is currently Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary and the University’s Academic Lead for International Student Experience, where she has worked with colleagues across the University on student experience projects. This includes the Future Global Leaders Forum student leadership programme, which she founded.

The Future Global Leaders Forum, supported by the Global Engagement Strategy, is an innovative work experience programme that enables Queen Mary students to work and learn together, building the skills, mindset and cultural agility needed in a future global leader. Work experience projects are supplemented with skills sessions, and further enriched with a leadership shadowing scheme, which Rosemary has developed.

Speaking on the programme, Rosemary said: “I am extremely proud of this initiative which has enabled me to meet so many of our immensely talented students and to see them flourish. I am so thankful to my Queen Mary colleagues and to our external partners who have offered such a rich collection of projects, and to all our amazing students for their engagement with the Future Global Leaders Forum.”

About the Biochemical Society awards

Each year the Biochemical Society presents a series of prestigious awards that recognise excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science. Candidates are nominated by their peers and the winners are agreed by a judging panel of distinguished scientists, from across a range of different scientific backgrounds.

Professor Colin Bingle, Chair of the Biochemical Society’s Awards Committee, said: “The 2021 Biochemical Society award-winners have all made significant contributions to their field of study. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to enhancing knowledge and, on behalf of the Society, I’d like to sincerely congratulate all of these winners for their hard work in the pursuit of biology.”

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Sophie McLachlan
Faculty Communications Manager (Science and Engineering)
email: sophie.mclachlan@qmul.ac.uk