People

Professor Bob Norman

Professor of Medical & Bioscience Education

Department: Leicester Medical School

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3777

Email: rin1@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Biological Sciences in 1978 and was awarded a PhD from Imperial College in 1981 for my work on the molecular characterisation of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Following an EMBO Fellowship at the Université de Nice I returned to the University of Leicester in 1983 and was appointed to a Lectureship in Medical Biochemistry in the Department of Medicine in 1984 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995. From 2007 to 2011 I was Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Throughout this time my research focused predominantly on the structure and regulation of cation channels in particular cardiac and vascular ATP-sensitive potassium channels including their role in ischaemic preconditioning. In 2011 I transferred to the Leicester Medical School to develop research interests in medical education. Between 2014 and 2020 I was Academic Director/Dean of Education for the College of Life Sciences where I led on strategy on all matters relating to undergraduate and postgraduate students and the delivery of teaching across the four Schools in the College.

Research

Staff and student use of intended learning outcomes

Empathy-enhancing interventions in health education

Medical student training using Healthcare Team Observations for Patient Safety (HTOPS)

Medical student mental health

Publications

Publications

(0) 1. Anderson ES, Griffiths L, Forey T, Wobi F, Norman R, Martin G. Developing Healthcare Team Observations for Patient Safety (HTOPS): Senior medical students capture everyday clinical moments. Pilot and Feasibility 2021 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-021-00891-3
2. Winter R, Norman RI, Patel R. A qualitative exploration of the lived experience of GP trainees failing to progress in training. Education for Primary Care (TEPC). 2020; 32(1): 10-18 https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2020.1831970  
3. Winter R, Issa E, Roberts N, Norman RI, Howick J. Assessing the effect of empathy-enhancing interventions in health education and training: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open 2020; 10(9): 12 pages. Sep 25:10(9):e0364711  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036471 
4. Brennan S, Rubaiy H, Imanzadeh S, Reid R, Lodwick D, Norman RI, Rainbow RD. Kir6.2-D323 and SUR2A-Q1336: an intersubunit interaction pairing for allosteric information transfer in the KATP channel complex. Biochemical Journal 2020; 477: 671-689 http://dx.doi.org/10.1042/BCJ20190753
5. Trethewey SP, Morlet J, Reynolds EKM, Trethewey CS, Norman RI. Medical Student Involvement in and Attitudes towards Audit and Research: The MEDical Student Experience of Audit and ResearCH (MED-SEARCH) Survey. World Journal of Medical Education and Research 2018; 17: 13-22 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327513976  
6. Winter R, Patel R, Norman RI. A qualitative exploration of the help-seeking behaviors of students who experience psychological distress around assessment at medical school. 2017 Academic Psychiatry 41:477-485  http://doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0701-9 
7. Brennan S, Jackson R, Patel M, Sims MW, Hudman D, Norman RI, Lodwick D, Rainbow RD. Early opening of sarcolemmal ATP-sensitive potassium channels is not a key step in PKC-mediated cardioprotection. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 2015; 79: 42-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yjmcc.2014.10.016 
8. Norman RI, Dogra N. A survey of the practice and experience of clinical educators in UK secondary care. BMC Medical Education. 2014; 14:229. 
doi/10.1186/1472-6920-14-229   
9. Dobbins K, Brooks S, Scott JJA, Rawlinson M and Norman RI. Understanding and enacting learning outcomes: the academic’s perspective. Studies in Higher Education (CSHE-2014-0055) 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.966668  
10. Brooks S, Dobbins K, Scott JJA, Rawlinson M and Norman RI. Learning about learning outcomes: the student perspective. Teaching in Higher Education. 2014; 19(6): 721-733.

Supervision

Staff and student use of intended learning outcomes

Empathy-enhancing interventions in health education

Medical student training using Healthcare Team Observations for Patient Safety (HTOPS)

Medical student mental health

Teaching

MBChB - MD1108 Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

MBChB - MD1110 Introduction to Cell Physiology and Pharmacology

MBChB - MD1113 Metabolism Endocrinology and Haematopoiesis

Press and media

Medical Education

Activities

Editor BioMolecular Concepts

Trustee Chaplaincy to the University of Leicester

Director and Trustee The Centre Project (for the lonely and vulnerable in Leicester)

Awards

2022 Fellowship of the Royal Society fo Biology

2016 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2015 University of Leicester Students’ Union Superstar Award 2010 University of Leicester Students’ Union Academic of the Year 2009/2010 for the College of Medicine Biological Sciences and Psychology.

2008 Richard Asher Prize Society of Authors/Royal Society of Medicine for ‘Flesh and Bones of Medical Cell Biology’. Eds. R.I. Norman D. Lodwick Mosby Elsevier Edinburgh. May 2007. 132pp. ISBN: 0-7234-3367-4/978-0-7234-3367-5

2006 University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship. 

Qualifications

2022 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)

2016 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2002 Registered Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy (previously the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) (ILTM)

1981 Ph.D. Biochemistry Imperial College of Science and Technology London UK

1981 Diploma of Imperial College London UK

1978 B.Sc. Upper Second Class Hons Biological Sciences University of Leicester UK

1975 Member Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) 

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