Faculty of Sciences teaching award
Rosalyn Masterton is the Senior Laboratory Demonstrator in the School of Biosciences. Since 2010, Rosalyn’s school has seen a 72% increase in student numbers. Such a growth led to substantial pressure on the teaching laboratory space, technical support, teaching staff and time available for students in which to undertake their practical work.
A further challenge that Rosalyn noticed was that the practical laboratory skills under-graduate students came to Kent with were generally reduced due to less practical teaching in schools. In her role as the senior laboratory demonstrator, Rosalyn made many changes to practical teaching to address the challenges to ensure consistent excellence in practical training for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students. These have enhanced the student experience whilst also supporting the development of colleagues who teach within the School of Biosciences.
Rosalyn developed a Skills Matrix, highlighting the practical skills covered in each laboratory class. The application of the Skills Matrix in reviewing and developing practical skills training, and the promotion of a professional culture in the laboratory, have all enhanced the employability of Bioscience students.
These initiatives were identified as excellent practice the Royal School of Biology (RSB) and contributed to the schools outstanding record for graduate employment: out of 101 universities Biosciences have the top score for 'Careers after Six Months' in The Guardian University Guide 2019.