Name Sara Smith
Job Title Senior lecturer/ Course Leader BSc Biomedical Science
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Cellular Pathology
Tel 01902 321149

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I initially trained as a Biomedical Scientist in Cytology and Histology and worked in the profession, gaining experience in several different laboratories around the West Midlands area during my 16 years in the NHS. Before moving into teaching at the University, I managed the Birmingham Cytology Training Centre at the Women’s hospital. The training centre supports the delivery of training for scientists, nurses and medics involved in the cervical screening programme in the West Midlands as well as other areas of the UK.

I am currently the course leader for the MSc Biomedical Science awards, deliver teaching in cellular pathology and support students during their work based placement as part of the BSc Applied Biomedical Science route leading to HCPC registration

Academic Background

BSc(Hons) Biology (1986)

MSc Biomedical Science (1994)

PGCert Managing Health Services (2001)

PGCert Medical Education (2004)

Educational Doctorate (2018)

  • Development of practitioner capability. Integration of work-based learning within UG curriculum supporting development of key graduate employability attributes
  • Flipping the Classroom and the use of technology to support learning and teaching

Fellow of Institute of Biomedical Science,

Registered with HCPC (Biomedical Scientist) + Panel Member of HCPC (Visitor)

Chartered Scientist

Secretary – Central Cellular Pathology Society

Committee Member – IBMS Birmingham Branch


Smith, S. (2010) To blog or not to blog: supporting the development of critical reflection The Biomedical Scientist (June) p428-429

Smith, S., Brown, D., Purnell, E. and Martin, J. (2015) ‘Flipping’ the Postgraduate Classroom: supporting the student experience. In: Global Innovation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Transgressing Boundaries. Eds Layne, P. and Lake, P.  Series: Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education, Vol. 11. Springer Publishing International

Smith, S. and Martin, J.  (2014) "Practitioner capability: Supporting critical reflection during work-based placement – a pilot study", Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning: 4 (3) pp.284 - 300

Smith, S., Ganesan, R. and Martin, J. (2016) Flipping The Practice Based Pathology Laboratory—Can It Support Development Of Practitioner Capability For Trainee Pathologists in Gynaecological Cytopathology? Journal of Cancer Education pp. 1-7 First online: 07 May 2015

Smith, S. and Khechara, M (2016) Case Study: ‘Technologizing’ the postgraduate classroom. In: Issues in Masters Level Courses, Edited by Pauline Kneale and Wendy Miller  PedRIO paper 10

Smith, S., O’Gara, E. and Khechara, M. (2016) Developing student capability in a biomedical science award – peer supported learning through video. Proceedings of EDULEARN16 Conference 4th-6th July 2016, Barcelona, Spain ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4 Conference proceedings


Smith, S. and Khechara, M. (2016) ‘Technologizing’ the Postgraduate Classroom. Proceedings of EDULEARN16 Conference 4th-6th July 2016, Barcelona, Spain ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4 Conference proceedings


Smith, S., Khechara, M. and Laverty, J. (Dec 2016) Sage research methods Cases - Comparative Thematic Analysis: Evaluating the Placement Experiences of Healthcare Students in the United Kingdom  Online publication

Khechara, M and Smith, S. (2017) Using Augmented Reality to enhance the students’ laboratory experience. Proceedings of  EDULEARN17 Conference 5th-7th July 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Smith, S. (2018) Integrated work based placements – shifting the paradigm. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning  DOI 10.1108/HESWBL-09-2017-0059