Edinburgh Research Explorer

Sharon Boyd

Senior Lecturer

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Green Electracy: using a digital media method to facilitate loss reflection and foster sustainable education practice
Master of Environmental Science, University College Dublin
Impact of the built environment on bat populations in Dublin
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College Dublin
Aspects of the biology and ecology of the Irish mountain hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus)

Professional Qualifications

PG Certificate in University Teaching, PGCE
Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology, CMALT
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SFHEA

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseDigital education, Sustainable education/Education for Sustainable Development, Distance education


I joined the R(D)SVS in November 2007 as e-programme coordinator of the R(D)SVS online postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD) courses.

In 2013, I took on the role of Director of the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, and course leader for the Academic Study Skills course for postgraduate taught students. In addition, I am Deputy Director for the MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice, and course leader for Professional & Clinical Skills postgraduate course. I am co-lead on the postgraduate online peer tutor project and have a focus for enhancing online distance learning student support.

I completed my honours undergraduate degree in zoology at Trinity College Dublin, and have a Masters in Applied Environmental Science from University College Dublin. I completed my PgCert in University Teaching and MSc in eLearning at Edinburgh. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. 

My research areas of interest are sustainable and digital education. These fields are the focus of my PhD studies at the Moray House School of Education and Sport.


Veterinary Undergraduate (UG; BVM&S)

Year 1: Professional and Clinical Skills 1

Year GEP: Professional and Clinical Skills GEP

Year 2: Student Research Component Foundation

All Years: Professional Development


Postgraduate Taught Studies (PGT; MSc/MVetSci taught programmes and courses)

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Director)

MVetSci/Dip/Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice (Deputy Director)

Professional and Clinical Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice (course lead)


All Programmes

Academic Study Skills for Taught Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate Peer Tutor Training


Administrative Roles

UG teaching staff

PGT teaching staff

Director - RCVS CertAVP Edinburgh

Deputy Director - MVetSci/Dip/Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice

School Board of Studies co-convenor

Special Circumstances Convenor for PGT

PGT representative on School Postgraduate Support & Advisory Committee 

School representative on College and University Library Committees

Co-chair of College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Research outputs

  1. Place-responsive principles of sustainable networked learning

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  2. Developing Millers Pyramid to Support Students’ Assessment Literacy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Listening for the voice of places

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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Research activities & awards

  1. ESD in the Veterinary Curriculum

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Embedding Sustainability within Veterinary Medical Education

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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