Teaching Fellow invited to teach Biological Science students in Japan

Posted by pt91 at May 11, 2016 12:40 PM |
Staff and students benefit from exchange programme with Nara Women’s University
Teaching Fellow invited to teach Biological Science students in Japan

The Todai-ji Temple in Nara.

Dr Kath Clark recently visited Nara Women’s University in Japan to teach graduate students skills in presenting research and to discuss teaching practice with staff from the Faculty of Science. This was as part of a long-running exchange programme with this prestigious institution.

The link for Biological Sciences postgraduate activities was made by Dr Peter Meacock of UoL Genetics department and Prof. Masa Araki at NWU with the help of Dr Michael Green of the University’s International Office. The first group of Nara graduate students came over to Leicester in 2009, for just three days, as part of a general visit to the UK. This evolved into the programme that exists now, where 10 visiting NWU graduate students take part in two weeks of practical classes in association with the taught Masters classes in the School of Biological Sciences.

In return, since 2012, there have been annual reciprocal 10-day visits by PhD students from Leicester to Nara. This year marked the 11th group of Leicester Biological Sciences students to have had this invaluable opportunity. Meanwhile, two Leicester Biological Sciences undergraduates have spent a whole year in Nara working in the research labs and a few Nara undergraduates and postgraduates have also come to Leicester for a year as part of their BSc/MSc studies.

Through the close exchange activities, NWU highly appreciates Leicester’s research-focused teaching practice for mature students, hence this year invited Dr Kath Clark, who has been engaged in the taught Masters classes for seven years, for her delivery of a two-day intensive course on research presentation skills. Highly positive reception of the course foresees a potential to further develop this exchange activity and continued relationship with NWU for many years to come.

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