Edinburgh Research Explorer

Prof Simon Riley

Personal Chair of Experiential Student Learning

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Phone: 0131 242 6423

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Regulation of prostaglandins in the guinea pig uterus
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh
Honours in pharmacology

Professional Qualifications

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, SFHEA
Fellow of Higher Education Academy, FHEA


Institute for Academic Development - part-time secondment 2015-17

Senior Lecturer - University of Edinburgh 2001-present

Lecturer - University of Edinburgh 1994-2001

Post-doctoral Fellowship - Prince Henry's Institute, Melbourne, Australia 1992-94

Post-doctoral Fellowship - Lawson Research Institute, Ontario, Canada 1988-92


I have two main, although quite different, research interests

1. In the pedagogy of Higher Education, exploring and developing student's autonomy to co-create their own curriculum through experiential learning, and establishing reflective learning skills and using portofolios for learning.  I am the academic lead for the institution-wide initiative Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs) , where students are given autonomy to co-create their own experiential learning credit-bearing course. In the undergraduate medicine programme, I am academic lead for Student Selected Components (SSCs), where students choose specialties and projects, where they gain research skills, and insight into career options. 

2. The role and the control of signalling pathways in the placenta and fetal membranes, at the interface with the mother's uterus and cervix, for the maintenance of pregnancy and then to control the initiation and maintenance of labour.

Research activities & awards

  1. Maximising student success through the development of self-regulation

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. A flexible learning framework - Student-Led, Individually Created Courses (SLICCs)

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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