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Natasha Barrett

Portrait of Natasha Barrett

Teaching Fellow 

Areas of interest

  • Natasha has taught Human Anatomy and Physiology for over ten years to undergraduates across Life Sciences
  • She is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering teaching programmes within the School of Biological Sciences
  • She advocates the use of technology where it enhances the learning experience and has road-tested several novel approaches for her department, testing both the learning benefits and ease of use for academics and students


  • Part 1: Pathology and Histology, Human Physiology 
  • Part 2: Clinical Biomedicine, Endocrinology 
  • Part 3: Group leader for both Systematic Literature Review and Teaching, Outreach and Science Communication final year projects 

    Research centres and groups

    Member of Impact, Enterprise and Outreach
    • Lead educator for the online Heart Health course, taken by over 55,000 participants, completing about 1,000,000 learning activities and posting 90,000 comments 
    • STEM Ambassador 
    • 6th form college presentations to prospective students

    Research projects

    • Natasha's research background is in platelet biology, haematology 
    • Natasha is actively engaged in teaching and learning research 
    • Collaborator on the Leverhulme Trust funded project on 3D learning in a collaborative environment using haptics. The cross-institution team (University of Reading and Kings College London) aims to enhance understanding of cell biology using cutting-edge haptics technology (touch/VR) 
    • Investigating novel ways to improve student engagement with marking criteria and feedback (in large classes) 
    • Investigating whether attendance or other measures better reflect engagement in our students 
    • Use of electronic card readers to monitor student attendance / engagement

    Awards and honours

    Esteem Factors

    • University Teaching Fellow Award (a prestigious award for individuals who have demonstrated individual excellence, and made a significant contribution to the development of teaching and learning at the University) 
    • Fellow of the HEA


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