Meet the Prof who makes sure we get our facts straight!

You might not have realised, but Guru Magazine’s editorial team don’t work alone. Behind the scenes there are several faces that help ensure Guru Magazine’s content is accurate.


Dr Scott - Educational Advisor for Guru Magazine
Dr Scott: Professor of Bioscience Education & Physiology at the University of Leicester
At Guru, we always try our best to make sure that we get our facts straight. We all know that when looking for good information, Google can be a mixed blessing. We, the writers and editorial team, face a continual challenge to ensure our content that is easy to read yet trustworthy.

Our key advisor is the highly respected Professor Jon Scott. He’s a man with an awe-inspiring résumé: he is the Academic Director of the College of Medicine and Professor of Bioscience Education & Physiology at Leicester University. He was also awarded UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2011 and awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy earlier this year. Cripes!

We thought it best if he introduced himself…

Introducing the behind-the-scenes Prof…

G: Why did you decide to get involved with Guru Magazine?

I was introduced to Guru Magazine by a colleague and was immediately impressed by the range, professionalism and accessibility of the content of the magazine and its potential as an educational tool.

G: Tell us a bit about your background.

I grew up in Hove and attended Brighton College as a Music Scholar before reading biological sciences at Durham University. I stayed on to study for my PhD, investigating the sensory feedback from muscle. I then moved to Paris as a research fellow at the College de France before returning to Durham as a lecturer in zoology.

Dr Stu (editor) with Dr Scott
From Durham, I moved to a lectureship in physiology at Leicester, where I established a lab working on the control of hand movement and also gait, collaborating with clinicians and bioengineers. I became increasingly involved in developments in learning and teaching and in 1999 became Director of Biological Studies before being appointed Academic Director of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology in 2009 and most recently being appointed to a personal chair as Professor of Bioscience Education.

I have increasingly focused on teaching and learning and have worked on a number of projects in the areas of assessment & feedback; plagiarism, with an emphasis on policy development; retention and the student experience and reward and recognition of teaching and learning. In 2011, I was named UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy this year. I have also served on a number of national committees and advisory bodies in higher education.

When not at my desk, I am a school governor, choir conductor and singer and also a keen cyclist – by recent calculations I have cycled over 50,000 miles between home and the University!

G: How will you be helping ensure the accuracy of Guru Magazine?

I have a wide background in teaching in medicine and the biosciences and cast a critical eye over everything I read, so I will be very active in helping ensure the scientific accuracy of the articles. It is really important that the readership is given access to information that is highly interesting and accurate.

G: If you could share an evening meal with anyone in the world, who would it be?

If I was constrained to people alive today, I would most like to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Article by Stuart Farrimond

November 21, 2012

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
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