Biology / Biomedical Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences / Life Sciences

Professor Graham Scott

Dr Graham Scott

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) Faculty of Science and Engineering
National Teaching Fellow

School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences

  • Research
  • Key Publications
  • Brief CV
  • Profile


As a member of the Bioscience Education Group within the Department of Biological Sciences my current research interests are concerned with the ways in which students learn about biology. Specifically I am interested in the value of student autonomy in learning and the ways in which learner autonomy can be better developed. I am interested in experiential learning, student managed learning and the value of fieldwork.

Key Publications


  • Scott, G.W., and Boyd, M (2014) Getting more from getting out: increasing achievement in literacy and science through ecological field work. Education 3-13.
  • Scott, G.W., Boyd, M., Scott, L and Colquhoun, D. (2014) Barriers to Biological fieldwork: What really prevents teaching out of doors? Journal of Biological Education
  • Scott G.W., Furnell, J, Murphy C M and Goulder R (2014) Teacher and student perceptions of the development of learner autonomy; a case study in the biological sciences. Studies in Higher Education DOI:
  • Graham Scott, (2013) Coming of Age. Bioscience Education. DOI: 10.11120/beej.2013.00019
  • Scott, G., Boyd, M. and Colquhoun, D. (2013) Changing spaces, changing relationships: the positive impact of learning out of doors. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education 17(1), 47-53
  • Scott, G.W. and Boyd, M. (2012) A potential values of familiarity and experience: Can informal fieldwork have a lasting impact upon literacy? Education 3-13.
  • Goulder R, Scott G.W,, and Scott LJ (2012) Students' Perception of Biology Fieldwork: The example of students undertaking a preliminary year at a UK university. International Journal of Science Education DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2012.708796
  • Scott G W, Goulder R, Wheeler P, Scott L J, Tobin M L, Marsham S (2012) The value of fieldwork in life and environmental sciences in the context of Higher Education: A Case Study in Learning About Biodiversity. Journal of Science Education and Technology 21, 11-. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-010-9276-x.
  • Scott G W, Churchill H, Grassam M and Scott L J (2011b) Can the integration of field and classroom based learning enhance writing? The Life on Our Shore Case study. Education 3-13. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2011.562216
  • Goulder R & Scott GW (2010) Encouraging use of community-based resources by bioscience students. Bioscience Education
  • Goulder R. & Scott GW (2009) Field Study of Plant Diversity: Extending the Whole-Class Knowledge Base through Open-Ended Learning. Bioscience Education
  • Scott, G.W., Turnbull, S. and Spencer, J. (2008) Promoting engagement: using species action plans to bring together students and conservation professionals.
  • Goulder R. & Scott G. (2006) Phytosociology for undergraduates with minimal botanical background.  Journal of Biological Education, 41(1), 26-29.

Brief CV

  • BSc Zoology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1989
  • PhD, Edinburgh University, 1993
  • Research Associate, The Dove Marine Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1993
  • Lecturer University College Scarborough, 1993-2000
  • Lecturer University of Hull, 2000-2010
  • Senior Lecturer University of Hull, 2010-2014
  • Professor University of Hull, 2014- present
  • National Teaching Fellow (2009)
  • Ed Wood Teaching Award (2010) 


Professor Graham Scott is the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Hull. Prior to this he was the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. He was made a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009 and received HEA Ed Wood Teaching Award (Bioscience lecturer of the year) in 2010. In 2013 he was made a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Graham is the Editor in Chief of the journal Bioscience Education and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Education. He sits on the Education and Public Affairs Committee of the Society of Experimental Biology and he is a Fellow of the Society of Biologists.

Graham has written two successful textbooks, has a wealth of experience in the design and evaluation of biosciences degree programmes and as an external examiner (UG and PGR). He is a regular provider of national workshops and residential events to support colleagues new to teaching. His research is practice based and focuses upon student autonomy, employability and the value of learning outside of the classroom.

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