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Dr Vrinda Nayak

Dr Vrinda Nayak

Associate Academic Dean for Students (Racial Equality and Inclusion) / Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences


 +44 (0)1392 725958

 Medical School Building EMS G01/SCL1.46


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Vrinda joined the University of Exeter Medical School in 2013 and is involved in teaching on various Undergraduate Programmes and supporting students. Vrinda was educated in India and obtained her Doctorate in 2002. Subsequently, she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol until 2010.  She has worked on research projects in Biomedical Science field and published her work in reputed scientific journals.  She was awarded the Fellow Status of Advance HE in 2016 in recognition of her teaching and student support activities. Vrinda is a passionate educator who believes in supporting students to achieve their best in their academic journey at the University. She teaches in a variety of settings such as large lectures, small groups, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Team Based Learning (TBL), workshops, tutorials and digitally enhanced learning. She has expertise in teaching Physiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Radiation Biology, Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice.

Vrinda provides student support through her involvement in various activities that enhance student experience at College of Medicine and Health. She is an Academic Tutor for undergraduate students and supports their wellbeing and academic success. She is also the Academic Lead for BAME student support at the Medical School and the point of contact to raise any issues related to racism and racial discrimination which some students may face during their time at the University. To enable students to gain adequate support she has set up CMH BAME Peer Mentoring programme and hosts regular BAME Student network events. She is also involved in hosting events that support inclusivity at the Medical School and University. Vrinda is the Careers and Employability Co-lead for Medical Sciences programme and provides support to students to achieve relevant employability skills, gain career knowledge and make job applications. 

Currently, Vrinda is the Medical Sciences subject co-ordinator for Flexible Combined Honours degree programme. And member of CMH Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Team. In previous years she worked as Placement co-ordinator for BSc Medical Sciences and STEM Insight Champion for the Medical School. She organised the CMH Undergraduate conference for students for last 4 years.


PhD Radiation Biology, Manipal University, India, 2002

MSc Biosciences, Mangalore University, India

BSc Lifesciences, Mangalore University, India

Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (PCAP) University of Exeter, 2015

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK, 2016



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