Dr. Michelle Oughterson

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room G43

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Physiology


I achieved a BSc (Hons) in Biological and Biochemical Sciences from the University of Salford and then went on to study for my PhD from the University of Salford. As a PhD student, I demonstrated in laboratory classes and marked student laboratory reports and attended field courses developing a strong interest in teaching and learning and student support.

I worked as a part-time lecturer both at Sheffield Hallam University in Biosciences and the University of Salford for two years, but came to Salford full time in 1998.

My aims to ensure that all students get the best support led me to accept the role of retention tutor for the School. I am also admissions tutor for Biology, Human Biology and infectious diseases, Zoology and Biology with a foundation year.


I apply my training in biology and biochemistry through my teaching. I teach across the biology syllabus including elements of cell biology, physiology, marine biology, fundamental biochemistry, hydrobiology and laboratory skills. I am module leader for study skills which is taken by all biosciences and wildlife students and is taught mainly through personal tutorials, involving the input of Student Life. This allows monitoring of student attendance and performance, as well as supporting the pastoral care of students by having regular small tutorial sessions.

Research Interests

My scientific research focused on the hormone calcitonin, which is a hypocalcaemic hormone in humans, but  it’s function in teleosts is unclear. However, salmon calcitonin is used in the treatment of osteoporosis.

More recently I have become interested in assessment of learning and the focus of my research is on analysis of retention and progression of students in relation to enhancing the student experience.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Biological and Biochemical Sciences - 1st class (University of Salford) 1986
  • PhD (University of Salford) 1992