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Ms Lorna Sibbett

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Profile summary

Professional biography

I am Staff Tutor in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AoCCI), responsible for Y033 Science, Technology and Maths. I am also an AL in STEM, tutoring across modules from Level 0 to the Level 3 capstone Biology project module (SXL390). I am interested in student learning across transition; development of self-efficacy; and skills for learning and employability.

My teaching career began within the barbed wire enclosure of a secondary school in Northern Ireland; the barbed wire being to keep out those who might pilfer useful chemicals from the science store cupboard. Since then, I have taught and developed courses/ curricula in Secondary, Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland, Scotland and now across nations with the OU.

My previous roles include those held while a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews: Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research; Co-Director of External Relations in the School of Biology; and responsibility for skills development across the undergraduate Biology programme.

Research interests

Transition into HE and employment; student skills development; student collaboration in curriculum development; and science communication. I have an emerging interest in education as a route to regeneration within the individual.

Teaching interests

Quantitative and analytical skills. I currently teach: Y033 Science, Technology and Maths; M140 Introducing Statistics; S111 Questions in Science; S285 Investigative Approaches in Biology & Chemistry; SK320 Infectious Disease and Public Health; and SXL390 Science Project Course.