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Dr Pilar Garcia Souto
UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering - Malet Place Engineering Building
Gower Street
London
UK
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 0044 (0)20 7679 0454
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Pilar Garcia-Souto is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in UCL MedicalPhysics and Biomedical Engineering (MPBE) department, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since Feb 2018. She joined the MPBE department in 2014 to developthe new IEP BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering Programmes, for which she became the Co-Deputy Director in 2017. In January 2022 Pilar became the Director of the BSc Physics with Medical Physics and the MSci of Medical Physics programmes.


Pilar is also the Chair for the Education Delivery Group in the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Digital Health (IHE), a member of the Centre for Engineering Education, and the e-learning Champion and the Enterprise Champion (Teaching) for her department.


She is the lead of the IPAC project, that has developed a wealth of knowledge on the Individual Peer Assessment of Contribution to group work, seeking to improve the mark fairness and student perception in the assessment of group work activity. She also led the design and development of the IPAC software that allows staff to run this assessment methodology very easily and efficiently within their institutional Virtual Learning Environment(e.g. Moodle, Blackboard…).


Pilar has attained institutional but also international recognition within Engineering Education. She has presented in over 20 national and international conferences since 2014, run numerous seminars to academics, and co-designed and ran a two-day Master Class in South Africa for over 20 academics from 7 higher education institutions, focused in “AuthenticAssessment and Feedback”. In 2018 she and the rest of the BME team received the UCL Education Award Certificate by the Engineering Faculty in the team category. In 2020 she received the UCL Education Award Certificate (Individual).

Teaching Summary

Since she joined UCL, Pilar has been a key member for the development of the Biomedical Engineering programme. She collaborated with other colleagues across the Engineering faculty for the definition and development of various Faculty-wide modules, e.g. ENGS102P Design and professional skills, ENGS103P Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I, and ENGS203P Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II. She then adapted/complemented these modules to the specific interest of Biomedical Engineers with relevant examples and material. Pilar has also developed various departmental modules, and she is currently the module organizer of MHPY102P Mechanics and Materials, the Design Group Project undertaken by 3rd year MEng students, and a Research Skills course that is currently being attended by all students undertaking a research project within the department, i.e. across Medical Physics, Intercaleted and Biomedical Eng programmes.

In addition to teaching per se, Pilar is highly engaged in improving teaching quality across the board, and the learning experience of students. She is doing some educational research in an improved method of peer assessment (360PA) in collaboration with the Institute of Education. She is also leading the IPAC Consortium with staff members across 20 departments; this consortium is seeking to improving the fairness of student assessment within a group work activity by means of introducing an IPAC factor (Individual peer assessed Contribution). These are some areas among her interests.

Appointments
SEP-2017 Senior TF and Co-Deputy Director for Biomedical Eng Prog Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
AUG-2015 – AUG-2017 Senior Teaching Fellow for IEP development Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
JAN-2014 – AUG-2015 Teaching Fellow for IEP development Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
OCT-2013 – OCT-2014 Visiting Academic School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
AUG-2012 – SEP-2013 Lecturer in Design for Manufacture School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
JAN-2012 – MAR-2012 Course organizer/lecturer of "Introduction to Engineering" School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow Higher Education Academy
2012   Doctor of Philosophy Queen Mary College, University of London
2006   Certificado de Aptitud Pedagogica University of Santiago de Compostela
2006   ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching University of Santiago de Compostela
2006   Master of Science University of Santiago de Compostela
2003   Bachelor of Science University of Santiago de Compostela
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