Career History

  • Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2010-)
  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2007-2010)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of East Anglia. (2004-2007)
  • Senior demonstrator, University of East Anglia (1999-2004)
  • Assistant Commercial Manager, John Innes Centre (1999)
  • Research Associate, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College (1995-1999)
  • Research Associate, Kairos Scientific, California (1995)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (1994-1995)

Website

www.preuniversityskills.com

All Publications

Jones, H. L., Gaskell, E. H., Prendergast, J. R., Bavage, A. D.

(2017)

Unexpected benefits of pre-university skills training for A-level students,

in Educational Studies

43

(1)

pp. 67-70

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jones, H., Yeoman, K., Gaskell, E., Prendergast, J. R.

(2017)

Perceptions of university assessment and feedback among post-16 school pupils,

in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

42

(8)

pp. 1233-1246

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jones, H., Hoppitt, L., James, H., Prendergast, J., Rutherford, S., Yeoman, K., Young, M.

(2012)

Exploring students' initial reactions to the feedback they receive on coursework,

in Bioscience Education e-Journal

20

pp. 4-21

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jones, H., Yeoman, K., James, H.

(2011)

'F' for 'effort',

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


James, H., Jones, H.

(2009)

An Introduction to Calculus,

in Maths for Biologists 2nd Edition.

Pearson Custom Publishing

ISBN 978-1-84776-241-2

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Jones, H., James, H.

(2009)

pH and Natural Logarithms,

in Maths for Biologists 2nd Edition.

Pearson Custom Publishing

ISBN 978-1-84776-241-2

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Jones, H., Yeoman, K., Cockell, C.

(2007)

A Pilot Survey of Attitudes to Space Sciences and Exploration among British School Children,

in Journal of Space Policy

23

pp. 20-23

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Parry, J., Heaton, K., Drinkall, J., Jones, H.

(2001)

A comparison of tracers and methods of analysis for monitoring the processing of bacterial prey by Tetrahymena pyriformis,

in FEMS Microbiology Ecology

35

pp. 11-17

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

My main interest is the process of transition into Higher Education and how to make the move from school-based learning to higher education learning as smooth as possible. I research effective assessment and feedback in undergraduates, specialising in first years in the transition into HE. I am particularly interested in how expectations of students can affect their performance. 

Current Research Projects 

  • Exploring students’ initial reactions to the feedback they receive on coursework, HEA Biosciences Award. A collaborative project with University of Aberdeen and University of Cardiff. This work continued collaborations with Cardiff and Aberdeen Universities and showed students were motivated by feedback irrespective of whether they were happy with it or felt it to be fair.
  • Investigating students’ reactions to the feedback they receive on their coursework, UEA Teaching Fellowship. This questioned students from the School of Biological Sciences, School of Social work and Psychology, School of Economics and School of Literature and Creative Writing.This work demonstrated that, although there were a few areas of concern, on the whole the four Schools studied at UEA were providing their students with effective and timely feedback which motivated them to work harder.
  • Handouts or no handouts, that is the question - assessing the impact of a teaching practice change. UEA Teaching Fellowship awarded to Helen James, Kay Yeoman and myself. Results from this study are suggesting that students who make notes in lectures and write them up afterwards find this helps them when it come to their exams. Other universities have shown a lot of interest in these findings.
  • Dissemination of innovative teaching methods through a swap shop and teaching newsletter. UEA Teaching Fellowship awarded to Kay Yeoman and myself. This award has lead to the production of Learning Highlight, a magazine which helps circulate teaching news across UEA.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Activities

  • Biodiversity (BIO-1A03)
  • Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology (BIO-1A03)
  • Maths and Statistics for Biologists (BIO-1A6Y)
  • Modelling and Statistics for Biologists (BIO-1A7Y)
  • Skills for Biologists (BIO-1A4Y)
  • Also take third year project students researching microbial survival strategies in extreme environments, and give lectures to all third year biological sciences students on writing up their projects and giving presentations
  • 2009 - UEA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2012 - Prize for best bioscience talk at the HEA STEM Annual Conference
  • Held numerous awards for teaching research from HEA, HEA Biosciences and UEA teaching fellowships.
  • Member of steering group to establish a UEA teaching excellence web site, designed to disseminate good teaching practice across UEA and beyond

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Consultant to the World Land Trust on their intern programme
  • Consultant to English Language Testing Ltd on pre-HE maths testing
  • Consultant on the OCR science forum
  • Consultant to AQA on A levels
  • Committee member of the British Society for Protist Biology
  • Invited speaker at AQA workshop at Annual Leadership Conference 2012 (National College for School Leadership)
  • Invited Speaker Swansea University’s 10th Admissions to HE conference 2012
  • Invited Speaker AQA teachers’ conference 2011
  • Invited speaker Cambridge Pre-U teacher and student event 2011
  • Invited speaker at Head of Sixth form Network meeting 2010
  • Invited Speaker HEA Bioscience transitions meeting March 2008
  • Member of the British Phycological Society
  • Helping to raise numbers of school pupils taking, and succeeding at, biology A level funded by Aim Higher, Norfolk
  • Raising Aspirations in Rural Norfolk, funded by Aim Higher Norfolk
  • Coordinate the PreUniversity skills programme and within this, run CPD courses for school teachers

Administrative Posts

  • Module organizer: Biodiversity (BIO 1A03), Skills for Biologists (BIO 1A4Y), Maths and Stats for Biologists (BIO 1A6Y), Modelling and Statistics for Biologists (BIO 1A7Y) and Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (BIO-1A04)
  • Transition Officer, BIO - first year induction and teaching
  • Member of Biological Sciences Teaching Executive
  • Co-ordinator of PreUniversity Skills Programme, which includes a CPD course for sixth form teachers and a ‘Skills for Uni’ summer school for sixth form students