Kirsty Hughes


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I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2007 with an Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Infection (2004-2005). I then worked in private practice prior to returning to the R(D)SVS in 2008 to pursue a Master of Science by Research in Veterinary Education. My Masters research was focussed on veterinary students’ expectations and experience of academic feedback.

Following my PhD at the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) and the University of York where I investigated the transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle I returned to work at the R(D)SVS in my current role as a Research Assistant in Veterinary Medical Education.

During my secondment to IAD 2014-2015 I further developed my interest in researching and effecting change in learning and teaching and the student experience. My work involves a number of areas of educational research including the student experience, assessment and feedback, e-learning and student and staff wellbeing.

Current Research Interests

Veterinary education, the student experience, assessment and feedback, student and staff wellbeing, e-learning, educational research methods, staff development

Research Groups

I am based within the Veterinary Medical Education Division (VMED) research group. We have a wide remit looking at many aspects of veterinary education including assessment and feedback, learning and teaching and student support and wellbeing.

Collaborative Activity

Secondment to the The Institute for Academic Development, The University of Edinburgh between January 2014 and December 2015. Key contact: Dr Neil Lent

Administrative Roles

Co-convenor of R(D)SVS Human Ethical Review Committee (HERC)

Member of Easter Bush Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee

Member of Easter Bush Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Member of Easter Bush Postdoctoral Committee

Staff mentor for R(D)SVS AFHEA cohorts

Mentor veterinary undergraduates and PG students applying for AFHEA fellowship

Educational research support to students and staff




Researching Your Teaching

All Years BVM&S

Professional Development

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of York

Award Date: 16 Jul 2014

Veterinary Medical Education, Master of Research, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 2 Sep 2010

Veterinary medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 22 Jun 2007

Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 22 Jun 2007


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