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Research interests

My research interests cover several areas: how students learn, barriers preventing progress, and what interventions can be provided to counteract this; the most effective ways to provide feedback & feedforward to students; transitions to university at foundation level, direct entry and postgraudate level; interprofessional education; and, having had a previous career in the national press, I am also interested in how science is portrayed in the media, and how the media can be used to change public attitudes in science-related areas.

I am also involved with providing training to non-qualified assistants who work with NGOs on pharmacy-related areas.

Approach to teaching

I lecture across the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In particular, I have responsibilities as year lead for the School’s Integrated Foundation Year, lead for interprofessional education, as well as Academic Skills Tutor and PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Supervisor.

Using a blend learning approach, I teach students a variety of personal and academic skills they will need for their careers, both at university and after graduating. These include: Research Methods (postgraduate level); time management; communication and presentation skills; stress management; general study skills; using reflection as a development tool.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of East Anglia

Bachelor, University of East Anglia


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • interprofessional education
  • IPE
  • IPL
  • transitions
  • learning preferences
  • flipped learning
  • transferable skills
  • employability

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Interplays of psychometric abilities on learning gross anatomy

    Smith, C. F., Stockholm, C., Sinha, R., Ponikwer, F., Carter, M. & Birch, M., 20 Jun 2017, In : MedEdPublish. 6, 2, 1045.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Two curriculum-relevant/open dayphysics experiments concerning gravity

    Sosabowski, M., Young, C., Matkin, J. & Ponikwer, F., 1 Sep 2013, In : The School Science Review. 95, p. 93-97 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial work

    Anatomical Sciences Education (Journal)

    Fiona Ponikwer (Reviewer)

    25 Sep 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work