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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr David MacDonald

Dr David MacDonald

Senior Lecturer (E&S)


 +44 (0) 1392 722992

 College House G.06


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


David joined the Medical School in September 2014.

Within the Medical School, David holds a number of roles involved in providing academic support to undergraduate students.  As Lead Academic Tutor for the Year 1 Medical Sciences, Sports & Exercise Medical Sciences and Neuroscience programmes, 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 professional development and build resilience as they progress through their degree programme.

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 and final year student Peer Leaders to support earlier year students on topics ranging from exam preparation, statistics, academic writing & referencing, advice on careers and employability and undertaking the professional training year.  The Medical Sciences PAL programme is supported by the University’s Peer Organiser’s Network, of which David is an active member.

David is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA/Advance HE)


2000 – BSc.(hons) 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

2019 – Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE

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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.



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