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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Samuel Pollard

Dr Samuel Pollard

Senior Lecturer in Physiology & Healthcare Science

 01392 72 6727

 College House 


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


Samuel joined the Medical School in 2014 and his teaching focus is on the broad specialism of systems physiology. He leads on mature student strategies for the university and has a passion for widening participation. He leads the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum within the Academy of Nursing and has a broad remit of teaching responsibilities across other programmes Allied to Heatlh. His area of educational interests include strategic development for improving the experiences of mature students at the university, widening participation and learning space design. 

Before joining the Medical School Samuel completed his PhD which focused on the area of the validation of the work loop technique in a myocardial muscle model and investigations into cardioprotective interventions in the aged heart. Samuel has also held a lecturing post at Coventry University (2011-12) and was one of the leading academics in the formation of Coventry University College Science department (2012-14), which was primarily designed to widen participation in HE. 


  • 2007 1st Class BSc(Hons) Clinical Physiology
  • 2012 PhD Physiology/pharmacology, Coventry University
  • 2017 PCAP - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter
  • 2020 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

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Research interests

  • I lead strategies aimed to imporve mature student expereince at the University of Exeter; with key objectives being to increase mature student recruitment and experience whilst reducing the attainment and non-continuation rate gaps.
  • Widening participation  
  • Learning space design 

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

External examiner for two seperate instiututes and have held such posts since 2014. 

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  • Lead on identifying and developing strategies to improve Mature Student exeprience at the University of Exeter 
  • Leads Anatomy and Physiology fo Nursing Academy 
  • Masters in Clincal Education
  • Teaches accross multiple programmes Allied to Medicine 



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