Sue Assinder was appointed to LSTM in 2008 as the first Director of Education, a post which she held for ten years and included leading LSTM through a successful application for degree awarding powers. In 2018 she took up a new position as Director of Academic Development, and now has responsibility for delivering professional development in teaching and learning, and skills training for early career researchers.
Sue’s scientific background is in molecular microbiology and she worked for 20 years as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University. She has extensive experience of quality assurance, quality enhancement, curriculum development and programme validation.
Outside of conventional teaching and learning, she has for many years pursued an interest in promoting public engagement with science, winning the BBSRC Science Communicator award in 1995 and the 2010 Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education. She has produced two activity books for schools, 'DNA - The Recipe for Life' and 'How the Mushroom Got its Spots - An Explainers' Guide to Fungi'.
Sue has strategic responsibility for professional development in teaching and learning in LSTM. This includes the LSTM Professional Certificate in Supporting Learning, which is recognised by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the LIGHT Leading in Global Health Teaching) professional recognition scheme, accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She also manages support for LSTM postgraduate research students and the delivery of skills training for early career researchers.