2023 ICA-Edu Enhancing Student Engagement in the Life Sciences Webinar No 1

Webinar No1: Using granular data sets to improve student retention, progression and outcomes and to address awarding gaps

Was held on Tuesday 17 January 2023 from 13.00 to 14.00 CET

Dr Nick Freestone, Kingston University (UK) presented the webinar.  See his bibliography below

Webinar Overview

Nick Freestone outlined some of the challenges associated with teaching large and diverse cohorts of undergraduate science students and showcased a range of practical ideas for encouraging and engaging with such students. The session showed how data analytics can be used to purposefully design strategies to target often scarce resources at specific student cohorts to tackle disparity in achievement of the desired learning outcomes within the student body.

Nick Freestone's presentation can be viewed here:

The recording of the Webinar is here:


Biography Dr Nick Freestone 

Dr Nick Freestone is an Associate Professor for Physiology and Pharmacology and Course Director for undergraduate Pharmaceutical Science degree courses at Kingston University, UK. These courses were shortlisted for the Guardian University awards in the category of “Course Design, Retention and Student Outcomes in 2021”. His research covers two different disciplines. The first is in bioscience and relates largely to studying calcium handling in isolated cardiac myocytes. The second relates to the interrogation of the nature of university learning itself via a diverse educational research portfolio.

As a pedagogical researcher he has run national workshops on teaching and learning for colleagues for the AdvanceHE and the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS)/Royal Society of Biology (RSB). He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Fellow of the RSB and was until recently Education Lead for the Physiological Society. In 2014/15 he was UK HEA Bioscience Teacher of the Year and now Chairs the judging panel for that award. He established a national "Bridging the Awarding Gaps" Network for the RSB in 2020 and is co-Chair of the network. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2021 and was a founding member of the Kingston University team recently shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in the category of “Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity” in November 2022.