Training Team

Introducing the Durham Researcher Training Team…

Dr Sam Nolan (Assistant Director of CAROD) 

Sam leads our provision of high quality and evidence based professional development for researchers within CAROD supporting high quality research and helping to develop innovative research-led educators. A short biography is provided below.

Sam studied Physics at Imperial College gaining an M.Sci. in 1999, going onto obtain a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Durham in 2002. After working in the States, Sam returned to the department of Physics as a PDRA. Working with his own Ph.D. students, Sam went onto develop a leadership role in a large European telescope project. At the same time Sam developed an interest in enhancing teaching and learning through his work on laboratory virtualisation. In 2010, Sam moved to a joint role split between the Foundation Centre and the Physics department. In Physics, Sam served as Durham PI on an FP7 funded project and more recently has been working on an interdisciplinary project with Earth Sciences. At the Foundation Centre, as Head of Scholarship, Sam has used his research experience to lead staff development in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the centre. Over this time the centre has developed a national and growing international profile securing funding from a variety of sources to develop projects that support students both within the Centre itself, across the University and at national level. Sam also helped develop a Teaching Fellow Network to support staff across the University. This network has grown to a national level where, supported by the HEA, it aims to deliver a program of yearly conferences.

Working with the careers service and LTT Sam leads the Transitions into Higher Education project that is developing a pre-arrival course focussed on study skills for all freshers.

Sam sits on the HE group committee of the Institute of Physics and has served on the editorial board of the HEA journal New Directions. In 2014 Sam was awarded a University Excellence in Teaching Awards and Senior Fellowship of the HEA.

Sam can be contacted at Sam Nolan or on extension 44581


James Bisset, Academic Liaison Librarian (Research Support) 

James has previously worked supporting students and staff in the HE sector, primarily within the Bristol Law School and Bristol Business School (at the University of the West of England). Before that, he has worked providing training, e-learning development and research and information services in commercial legal, media and health sectors,

James provides training to researchers as part of the Durham Doctoral Training Programme, the THE Award nominated Leading Research Programme, the PGCAP and various other training courses across Durham University.


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