Professor Annette Cashmore

GENIE Director


Contact: Professor Annette Cashmore 
Tel: 0116 252 3439
(Secretary: 0116 252 3319)

Professor Cashmore's scientific career began with BSc. in Biology at Sussex University before moving to the National Institute for Medical Research in London for postgraduate studies, where she graduated with a PhD in 1984.   Her research interests at that time were in using yeast as model systems to investigate important cellular processes.  The early 80s were at the very beginning of biotechnology and many new ventures were starting, one of these was the Leicester Biocentre; a collaboration between a number of large industrial companies and the University of Leicester.  Professor Cashmore joined this very new and exciting venture on a three year fixed term contract, intending only to stay two or three years in Leicester, but has been here ever since!  After four years at the Biocentre, Professor Cashmore moved to the Genetics Department as a temporary lecturer, to take over the teaching and administrative duties of Prof. Sir Alec Jeffreys who had been awarded a Royal Society fellowship. Professor Cashmore became a permanent member of the Department a few years later, and then senior lecturer, teaching both Biological Sciences and Medical students.  The focus of her research is now on the genetics of pathogenic fungi. Professor Cashmore was Head of Department from 2001 to 2006.  

Since 2003, she has also been Sub Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences.  In 2002 we were awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for the work in genetics which was presented at Buckingham Palace.

In 2005 Professor Cashmore wrote a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for £4.85 million to establish a Centre for Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Genetics and she is currently Director of this initiative. In 2008 she was promoted to a personal chair in Genetics Education for her work in learning and teaching in this area.

Professor Cashmore was recently honoured by Newman University, Birmingham, with the award of an honorary Doctor of Education degree.  She received the award at Symphony Hall, Birmingham for services to higher education.  Professor Cashmore has had a long association with Newman University, having been a member of their Governing body and more recently a Member of Council for over ten years. Full article. 

Professor Cashmore's current GENIE projects include:

HERO - Health Education Reaching Out
Reward and Recognition for Teaching and Learning in the HE Sector
The GENIE Student Network
Design of Resources for First Year Meiosis Tutorial
Development of Student-centred Problem-based Group Exercises: Small Group Teaching on a Large Scale
Communicating the Nature of Science in the Classroom
Developing Global Approaches in Practice in Teaching and Learning

SWIFT - Second World Immersed Future Teaching

Selected Recent Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals, Commissioned Reports and Books (illustrating my international profile in yeast genetics, and pedagogic research)

Cashmore, A. Hawkridge, D., Kramer, C., and Suter-Giorgini, N. (2007) Student-centred problem-based group exercises in molecular biology. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference (2007), pp. 227-228. ISBN: 978-1-905788-39-2.

Kramer, C., Barber, R., Cashmore, A., Dalgliesh, R., Suter-Giogini, N., and Willmott, C. (2007) Linking DNA structure and sequencing using model based learning. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference (2007), pp. 107-109. ISBN: 978-1-905788-39-2.

Cane C & Cashmore AM (2008), “Students' podcasts as learning tools”. in Podcasting for Learning in Universities (Salmon & Edirisingha (eds)), Open University Press.

Cashmore AM (2008)  ‘Applications of Human Genome Information – Case Studies’ in ‘God, Ethics and the Human Genome’ Bratton M (Ed).  Church House Publishing, London. ISBN 978-0-7151-4139-7

Woodacre A, Mason RP, Jeeves RE, and Cashmore AM (2008)  ‘Copper-dependent transcriptional regulation by Candida albicans Mac1p’  Microbiology 154: 1502 - 1512.

Ramsden P & Cashmore A (2009) ‘Reward and Recognition of Teaching in Higher Education’ Higher Education Academy, York. ISBN 978-1-905788-89-7
Cashmore AM & Ramsden P (2009). “Reward and Recognition in Higher Education: Institutional Policies and their Implementation”  Higher Education Academy, York.

Cashmore AM, Green P & Scott J.  (2010) “An Ethnographic Approach to studying the student experience”.  International Journal of First Year in Higher Education 1(1): 106-111. 

Rudman P, Lavelle SP, Salmon G & Cashmore AM (2010) “SWIFT-ly enahancing laboratory learning: genetics in the virtual world”.  Proceedings of the Association of Learning Technology “ pp118-128

Cashmore AM & Cane C (2011)  “Genetics and Genomes” in “Ethics in the Biosciences”  Clark K et al. (Eds)  The Higher Education Academy, York.  ISBN 978-0-9569288-4-9

Jeeves RE, Mason RP, Woodacre A & Cashmore AM (2011) “Ferric reductase genes involved in high-affinity iron uptake are differentially regulated in yeast and hyphae of Candida albicans”  Yeast 28(9): 629-644.

Goodwin M, Kramer C & Cashmore A (2011) “The 'ethics committee': a practical approach to introducing bioethics and ethical thinking”  Journal of Biological Education 46(3), 188-192.

Cashmore AM, Scott J & Cane C (2012) “Belonging and intimacy factors in the retention of students: an investigation into student perceptions of effective practice & how that practice can be replicated” Higher Education Academy, York.

Scott, J., Green, P. & Cashmore, A. (2012). Bioscience students’ first year perspectives through video diaries: Home, family and student transitions. Bioscience Education. 20, 1-15.

Cashmore AM, Cane C, & Cane R (2013)  “Rebalancing promotion in the HE sector:  Is teaching excellence being rewarded?”  The Higher Education Academy, York.

Cashmore AM, et al (2013) “Promoting Teaching: International inter-university benchmarking of academic promotion” The Higher Education Academy, York.

Singletary JH, Bartle CL, Svirydzenka N, Suter-Giorgini NM, Cashmore AM & Dogra N (2014). “Young people’s perceptions of mental and physical health in the context of general wellbeing” Health Education Journal 0017896914533219, first published on June 4, 2014

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