Dr Sarah Gretton

Natural Sciences Programme Director and Senior Admissions Tutor

School/Department: Biological Sciences, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2534



After graduating with a BSc Hons in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh, I worked at the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh on Epstein-Barr virus before embarking on PhD on the cellular biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at the MRC Virology Unit at the University of Glasgow. Upon completion of my doctorate I continued working on HCV as a research fellow at the University of Leeds.

I worked as sessional lecturer in Biological Sciences at Nottingham Trent University 2009-10 and joined the Genetic Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (GENIE) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester in 2010. In these roles I undertook both teaching on the Natural Sciences and Biological Sciences programmes but also have worked on a number of educational projects.

I was appointed Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in June 2015, and also took on the role of institutional lead of Education for Sustainable Development in the same year.  In 2017 I was appointed as Programme Director of the newly launched Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) programme. From 2019-2021 I was Director of Taught Post-graduate Programmes for the College of Life Sciences. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, led the Natural Sciences team in their successful UK Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (2017) and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2021.


My current research interests include Education for Sustainable Development, skills development (particularly related to employability and research/problem-based Learning) and interdisciplinary science education.



My full list of publications (including co-author papers) can be found on Google Scholar 



  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Student skills development and employability
  • Research/ Problem-based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary science education.


I teach biology and skills sessions on all four years of the Natural Sciences undergraduate degree programme, and virology to first year and MSc Biological Sciences students.

Press and media

Science Education


I am a member of the organising committee for the "Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference". I am also a member of the Society for Natural Science national committee, where I chair the Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning group .


I have received the following teaching awards:

Finalist, Green Gown Award (Courses), 2012
University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, 2014
Finalist, UK Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016
Finalist, Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year, 2017
Winner, UK Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, 2017
Finalist, Green Gown Awards (Sustainability Champion), 2017
Winner, University of Leicester Discovering Excellence Teaching Award, 2017
National Teaching Fellowship, 2021


I have a PGCAPP (Distinction) and hold Senior Fellowship of Advance HE.
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