Stephen Maw

Dr Stephen Maw, Programme Leader Studies in Science
Phone: 0113 343 5845 

Stephen Maw

Educational background 

I gained a BA (hons) from the University of Oxford before completing an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Aberdeen and then my PhD in Food Science.  

Professional experience 

On gaining my PhD I moved to the University of Leeds where I worked as a Teaching Fellow. For the next 10 years I was Academic Advisor for the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Bioscience. Here I designed and delivered research into key aspects of bioscience teaching practice, acted as project consultant to national projects and co-managed a project grant scheme. Additionally I was Editor-in-Chief for Bioscience Education – an international, peer-reviewed journal disseminating research, good practice and innovation in tertiary-level teaching.

In 2012 I joined the Lifelong Learning Centre and moved into module and programme design for foundation years. In 2015 I won the University Partnerships Best Feedback Award. From 2014 until April 2019 I successfully co-led the Science Foundation Years. My current interests revolve around investigating and helping introverts to navigate an education system that seems designed for extraverts. My areas of expertise include: foundation year teaching, student transition and support, and curriculum design. 


  • PhD Agriculture/Food Science, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 
  • MSc Sustainable Agriculture, University of Aberdeen 
  • BA(Hons) Chemistry, University of Oxford 

Professional memberships 

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Member of Foundation Year Network 

Research Publications 

Maw, S.J., Mauchline, A. and Park, J.R (2011) Biological fieldwork provision in Higher Education, Bioscience Education 17-1

Maw, S.J. and Orsmond, P. (2011) Assessment, Feedback and Review. In Effective Learning in the Life Sciences: how students can reach their full potential, ed Adams, D  

Orsmond, P., Gomez, S., Crook, A. C., Park, J. R., Drinkwater, R., Lawson, C., Lundqvist, K. O. and Maw., S. J. (2011) Releasing the genie from the bottle: new feedback practices for old. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 

Maw, S.J. (2010) Editorial: A Good Spread, Bioscience Education, 15-0

Maw, S.J. (2009) Editorial: The Value Placed on Teaching, Bioscience Education, 14-0