Dr Stephen Rutherford is a National Teaching Fellow, a Reader, and Director of Undergraduate Education in the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK. Stephen gained his BSc and PhD in the biosciences at the University of York, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA, and the University of Oxford. During his time in the USA, Stephen was an adjunct teaching faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno and California State University, Sacramento. Stephen joined the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University in 2005, where he has been the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Education since 2009, and has recently become the Director of Undergraduate Education this summer. Stephen’s educational research interests focus around four themes: (i) Self-regulated learning and the development of student study skills; (ii) student identity and knowledge retention during transition from school to university; (iii) collaborative learning and the formation of student learning communities outside of the classroom; and (iv) the use of Web 2.0 tools in assessment, collaborative learning and teaching. Stephen has an exensive publication and presenation record and has edited two collected volumes on Collaborative Learning and Independent Learning respectively. Stephen also has interests in the history of medicine and military surgery, and is currently writing a book in 17th century surgeons, to be published early in 2018. As a champion of teaching innovations, Stephen regularly delivers seminars to HE professionals on technology enhanced education and innovative teaching practice, and was awarded a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2016. He has won local awards for teaching excellence and is regularly nominated by students for ‘enriching student life’ awards at the University. Across the sector, Stephen is involved in several projects which have included funding from the Higher Education Academy and Physiological Society.


Dr Jen Harvey joined Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 1999 and is the Head of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC). Before moving to Dublin, she worked in a number of academic development roles in various Scottish Universities. She is currently involved in coordinating a number of postgraduate LTTC CPD short courses, as well as teaching and supervising on all the LTTC programmes. She chairs the institutional Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies committee. Research interests relate to student assessment and feedback strategies, practitioner based evaluations and student transition into Higher Education. She is a board member of the Irish Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning.