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Dr Frankie MacMillan

Dr Frankie MacMillan

Dr Frankie MacMillan
B.Sc.(Nott.), D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Reader in Biomedical Science Education

Area of research

Teaching and outreach development and evaluation

Office D2a
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
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+44 (0) 117 331 2282



I am the Admissions Tutor for the BSc and Msci programmes run in the School i.e. Physiological Science, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. As Senior Tutor in the School I oversee the personal tutorial system and am active in supporting undergraduate students during transition to University and helping those who may experience difficulties throughout their degree.

I am unit director for a first year unit in Understanding Body Function, which is taken by students on a variety of degree programmes including Physiological Science, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Functional Anatomy and Veterinary Nursing. I am also unit director for a first year integrated unit on the veterinary science degree programme. Animal health Sciences 1.

I teach mostly on the Physiological science and Neuroscience BSc programmes as well as on Veterinary Science.  I cover topics which include Cell Biology, Renal Physiology, pH balance, Human Reproduction and Histology. I also run final year research projects in Physiology and Neuroscience.

I have an interest in developing new teaching activities, in particular interactive sessions using turning point ‘clicker’ technology and 'gamification' to enhance learning. I am also continually working to develop and evaluate  histology teaching using the ‘virtual microscope’.  Recently I have developed a range of 'programme Enhancement Activities' to engage and support students in wider learning around their main subject area.

I am the Athena SWAN lead in the School working with the Equality and Diversity Committee to enhance our practices and lead on initiatives to promote a positive work environment and equal opportunities. We are currently focussing on unconscious bias training for all staff and students.

Although I no longer undertake research my background is in immunocytochemical and tract tracing techniques. I used these in functional anatomical approaches to investigate differences in sensory input mediated by Aδ or C fibres and how these inputs may be modulated at the level of the spinal cord from higher brain centres


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