Dr David MacDonald
Senior Lecturer (E&S)
Medical School Building G.02
David joined the Medical School in September 2014.
Within the Medical School, David holds a number of roles involved in providing academic and pastoral support to students. As Lead Academic Tutor for the Year 1 Medical Sciences programme, David has responsibility for curriculum development for the Academic Tutor Group (ATG) framework in Year 1. The ATG framework is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and academic skills within a small peer group setting that will enhance their personal development and build resilience as they progress through their degree programme.
As a Senior Tutor, David has an active role in ensuring students are supported pastorally and have access to specialist support provision (both academic and wellbeing-related) within the University, should they need it. David is also a member of the University’s Senior Tutor forum, which meets termly to disseminate good practice in pastoral support across different colleges.
David established a peer-assisted learning (PAL) programme within the Medical Sciences programme in the 2015/16 academic year, which he continues to coordinate. The PAL programme recruits Year 2 student Peer Leaders to design and deliver a series of workshops and presentations throughout the academic year to Year 1 students on topics ranging from exam preparation, academic writing & referencing, career and employability advice to guidance on selecting optional modules. The Medical Sciences PAL programme is supported by the University’s Peer Organiser’s Network, of which David is an active member.
2000 – BSc. Medical Microbiology – University of Edinburgh
2007 – Ph.D – Molecular chaperones in the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway – University of Edinburgh
2011 – Postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2013 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
David teaches on the BMBS and BSc. Medical Sciences undergraduate programmes within the discipline of physiology.
David is a module lead for the Year 1 BSc. Medical Sciences module Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists and is a PBL facilitator on the Year 1 BMBS programme.