Dr Mark Goodwin

Dr Mark GoodwinAssociate Professor

Contact details

Email: genetics@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BSc Biological Sciences, BA Psychology, PGCE, MA Education, PhD Faculty of Medicine

I am from Malmesbury in Wiltshire. Before joining the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology in 2006, I worked for the British Library’s Primary Communications Research Centre, the UK Government’s Overseas Development Administration and The Open University. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a member of the Genetics Society, a member of the British Psychological Society, and a Senior Fellow and Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Other responsibilities

University of Leicester

  • Member: Student Recruitment, Admissions and Widening Participation Committee
  • Member: Travelling Scholarships Panel
  • Member: Programme Board for Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Professional Practice

College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

  • Chair: Recruitment, Admissions and Widening Participation Committee
  • Lead: Student Intentions Programme

School of Biological Sciences

  • Director of Recruitment, Retention and Employability
  • Member: learning and Teaching Committee
  • Lead: Virtual Genetics Education Centre (winner of Jorum Award 2011)


  • Content Lead: British Council International Strategic Partnerships in HE Project (Bangladesh)
  • Vice-Chair of Council at Newman University



Joe Wanford, Jack Aidley, Christopher D Bayliss, Julian Ketley and Mark Goodwin (2017) 'Simulating phase variation: a practical approach to teaching mutation and diversity', Journal of Biological Education. DOI: 10.1080/00219266.2017.1285802.

Mark Goodwin, Cas Kramer and Annette Cashmore (2012) ‘The “ethics committee”: a practical approach to introducing bioethics and ethical thinking’, Journal of Biological Education, vol.46, no.3, pp.188–192. DOI:10.1080/00219266.2012.688846

Mark Goodwin and Kirsty Lawrence (2011) ‘Identifying and developing student aspirations: the role of the personal tutor’, Proceedings of the Effective Learning in the Biosciences Conference: Equipping Students for the 21st Century, Leeds, UK Centre for Bioscience, p36.

Mark Goodwin, Gojjam Ademe, Martin Pennington, Craig Bartle and Paul Jackson (2011) ‘Engaging students, staff and employers in enhancing graduate impact: Tourism Management at the University of Gondar’, Chapter 2 in Patsy Kemp and Richard Atfield (eds) Enhancing Graduate Impact in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Tourism, Newbury, Threshold Press, pp.9–20.


Mark Goodwin (2011) ‘Conservation biology’, Chapter 9 in The Open University Y181 Introducing Environment (online), Milton Keynes, The Open University.

Alice Peasgood  and Mark Goodwin (2007) Introducing Environment, The Open University in Association with Oxford University Press (book and DVD).


Mark Goodwin (2013) Employability and the Bioscience Curriculum, report commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Mark Goodwin (2013) Afghan Action: Building Bridges, Development Awareness Fund (DAF 259) Final Evaluation, report commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID).


My research interests include the links between education and development, open educational resources and new approaches to the teaching of bioethics.

The links between education and development

I lead the Leicester–Gondar University Link, and managed the Leicester–Gondar PhD Programme, which developed collaborative projects involving UK and Ethiopian academics to build a sustainable research capacity at the University of Gondar. Research topics included the genetics of Ethiopian crops, drug-resistant TB and women’s reproductive health. I have also worked on the development of leadership, research and teaching capacity with other HEIs in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The Virtual Genetics Education Centre (VGEC)

The Virtual Genetics Education Centre is an evolving collection of evaluated open educational resources (OERs) in genetics, molecular biology and related topics (including bioethics). The site has a growing international audience and is used to explore the factors that facilitate the discovery, re-use and re-purposing of OERs by educators in higher education, schools and the health professions.

Interactive approaches to bioethics and ethical thinking

This project involves the development and evaluation of sessions that facilitate constructive debates about issues in bioethics, including the ‘ethics committee’ and the ‘focus group’. The sessions form part of undergraduate programmes in medicine and the biosciences, and have been used with a range of audiences as part of public engagement initiatives.

The development of the employability of bioscience graduates

The Student Intentions Programme uses an analysis of the intentions of undergraduates on bioscience degree programmes at the University of Leicester to promote student engagement with opportunities to gain additional experience. The work has been funded by the UK Centre for Bioscience and the Higher Education Academy.

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Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
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United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374
E Mail: genetics@le.ac.uk

Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall

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