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Dr Jennifer Griffiths
Arena Centre for Research-based Education
10th floor
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Education and Practice Development
  • Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience)

Jenny is an Associate Director in the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. Her remit covers Arena's HEA professional recognition processes, student-facing teaching, events, and development of resources to support all of UCL's teaching staff. She is also responsible for building institution-wide strength in student assessment and feedback. This includes developing and delivering workshops for all teaching staff, advising on programme development inspired by the UCL Connected Curriculum, and working with the vice-Provost for Education and Student Affairs to research and review assessment and feedback practice across UCL's 11 multi-disciplinary faculties. Her research in Engineering Education has been presented at national and international conferences, and she has spoken internationally on authentic assessment and good feedback practices.

She was previously Director of the UCL Engineering Faculty's Postgraduate Taught Transformation Programme. She led a faculty-wide review of over 60 Postgraduate programmes, providing education for >1600 students each year that aimed to to create a suite of MSc provision based around UCL's key strengths of interdisciplinarity and research-led and -based teaching to give graduates the skills and knowledge to move forward in their careers. Her work fed into a university-level review of education aiming to improve structures, design, legibility and pedagogic approach.

She is keen to promote Engineering and Physics to the wider community with activities ranging from show and tells in primary schools, through performing at Bright Club - a science and comedy cabaret, and running a Royal Institution Schools Masterclass, to an in-depth discussion of radiotherapy with a University of the Third Age Scientific Interest group.

Jenny obtained her PhD in Radiation Physics from the UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering and works on x-ray imaging techniques for medical and security imaging. Recent collaborations are in the areas of applying techniques in diffraction, x-ray fluorescence and computed tomography to breast cancer, baggage scanning, and 4000-year-old Egyptian artwork!

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary
  • Cofounded the UCL Biomedical Engineering Education Research group in 2016
  • Member of UCL Centre for Engineering Education
  • 15 conference papers on topics in Engineering Education
  • UCL Connected Curriculum fellow (2016-17)

External activities include:

  • Developed and delivered 2-day workshop on Authentic Assessment and Feedback, Cape Town, 2018.
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Education, SEFI and TALE conferences.

Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics:

  • >40 peer-reviewed papers in x-ray imaging techniques for medical, industrial and security imaging.
  • Assessor for Outer Board of the Irish Research Council.
  • Reviewer for multiple international journals.
  • Supervised 5 PhD, 10 MSc and 21 undergraduate students.

Applications of Engineering and Physics in Humanities:

  • Part of a consortium working on CT reconstruction techniques to improve x-ray data of the Antikythera Mechanism.
  • International collaboration researching multi-modal imaging of Egyptian mummy cartonnages.

Teaching Summary
Teaching includes:
  • 'Postgraduates who supervise' Graduate student development workshop, UCL Arena
  • 'Giving Good Quality Feedback' teaching staff development workshop, UCL Arena
  • 'Arena Two' - UCL professional development in teaching for early career teaching staff.
  • ENGS102PB: Design and Professional Skills for BSc Medical Sciences & Engineering (2017-2018)
  • MPHY204P: Design and Professional Skills 2 for BSc Biomedical Engineering (2014-2018)
  • MPHY102P: Mechanics for BSc Biomedical Engineering (2014-2017)
  • MPHYGB19: Treatment with ionising radiation (2007-2009). Delivered to multiple departments and institutions.
  • MPHYGB09: Physics for imaging and therapy (2003-2010)

Programme development:
  • MSc Physics & Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning
  • MRes Medical Technology Entrepreneurship
  • MSci/BSc Medical Sciences and Engineering

Steering committee member for:
  • MEng/BEng Engineering (Biomedical)
  • MSci/BSc Applied Medical Sciences

Programme Leadership:
  • Programme Lead: MRes Medical Technology Entrepreneurship (2015-2017)
  • Programme Director: MSc Physics & Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning (2010-2012)
  • Engineering co-Director and link tutor: BSc Medical Sciences and Engineering (2015-2018)
  • Advisor for women students: Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering (2013-)

Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2001   Master of Science University College London
1999   Master of Physics University of Oxford
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