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The University of Southampton
Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences

About us

The Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences has a team of nine dedicated and experienced staff, who are committed to providing a stimulating educational experience for students of medicine and other health professions who wish to learn anatomy.

The Director of CLAS Dr Jenny Skidmore has over 30 years experience in anatomy education. During that time, she has had roles in pastoral care, admissions, curriculum management and development. She is currently chair of the Taught Programmes Assessment Committee.

In addition to teaching on the BM5, BM4 and BM6 programme the academic staff play a significant role in the management of the BM5 programme; including year coordinator, course/module coordinator and deputy course/module coordinator. Individuals also work on outreach activities including Higher Education to Further Education, the University Science & Engineering Day, and making links with local schools and colleges.

In 2012 three members of the team were awarded Vice Chancellor’s Teaching awards for developments in anatomy teaching and learning, and three other teachers were awarded £25K from the University of Southampton Student Centredness Fund to develop e-learning in anatomy. In 2013 two teachers were recognised for their outstanding contribution to students’ learning in anatomy by being awarded Excellence in Teaching awards by the Southampton University Student Union.

Research areas of the group are within medical education, anatomy education and anatomical sciences. Particular areas of research interest include: how students learn anatomy; spatial abilities, how anatomy knowledge is applied to practice; peer teaching; using technology to enhance anatomy learning; and skull morphology.

Staff within CLAS are members of various anatomical institutions including the British Association of Clinical anatomists (BACA), The Anatomical Society and Institute for Anatomical Sciences, and they regularly present at national and international conferences. The CLAS director Dr Jenny Skidmore has a seat on the BACA council. All CLAS teaching staff have studied for the PCAP (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic practice). Dr Scott Border, is a member of the Higher Education Academy.



CLAS has an established reputation for teaching excellence and educational research.

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