Sandra Kirk

Sandra Kirk

Deputy Dean

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
School Management Team


Dr Sandra Kirk is Deputy Dean for the School of Science and Technology, in addition to Chairing the Collaboration and Partnerships Sub-Committee of the University Academic Standards and Quality Committee. Dr Kirk is involved in cross-University research into internationalising the curriculum, and also participates in research into the effective use of technology in support of science laboratory teaching.

Career overview

Dr Kirk has worked at NTU as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer/Head of Department and now Deputy Dean since 1989.  Prior to that she carried out Post-Doctoral work on collagen genes at the University of Leicester in Dr Raymond Dalgleish’s laboratory.  Previously Dr Kirk had completed her PhD and first Post-Doctoral position working on biochemical pharmacology of dopamine and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors at the University of Nottingham with Dr Philip Strange and Professor Tim Hawthorne.

Research areas

Dr Kirk is a member of the IOC Research Group, and her current research interests are in

  • Disciplinary differences in concepts and practices around internationalisation of the curriculum.
  • Mechanisms to reduce the attainment gap between BME/WP/BTEC/international students and Home/EU students.
  • Effective use of technology in support of laboratory skills acquisition in the biosciences.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Kirk's recent research has been funded by

  • Supporting staff in Internationalising the Curriculum at NTU, S Kirk, C Newstead, R Gann, NTU Santander fund, 2015/16, £5000
  • Internationalising the HE curriculum: A review from different disciplinary perspectives, C Newstead, R Gann, S Kirk, C Rounsaville, Higher Education Academy, 2015, £10000
  • Internationalising the HE curriculum: A review from different disciplinary perspectives, C Rounsaville, S Kirk, C Newstead, R Gann, NTU Santander fund, 2014/15, £5000
  • Global Voices in Science Programme, C Newstead and S Kirk, UKCISA 201/17, £2000


Disciplinary Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum. Newstead C, Gann R, Kirk S and Rounsaville C, A report for the HEA, 2015

IT-enabled bioscience and chemistry teaching in Nottingham Trent University’s Rosalind Franklin Building in 'Laboratories for the 21st Century in STEM Higher Education: a compendium of current UK practice and an insight into future directions for laboratory-based teaching and learning by Gibbins L and Perkin G. Kirk S, Cosgrove M, Baker D, Ward A and Richards A, Loughborough University, 2013, 73-78

The population distribution of Xeroderma Pigmentosum.  Bhutto AM and Kirk SH, Molecular Biology of Xeroderma Pigmentosum, Lands Bioscience, and, 2009, 138-143

Delivery of the MSc Biomedical Science by flexible learning programme. Cheetham P and Kirk SH, Presentation to Champions of Academic Enterprise symposium, 2009, NTU

Academic support of international students for effective transition to British HE: lessons from UK-based and collaborative programmes in the Biosciences. Manning G, Hughes D and Kirk SH, Presentation to NTU Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 2008

Development of an e-learning module for the MSc BMS by flexible learning using Course Genie. Kirk SH, Presentation to School Learning and Teaching Conference, 2008

Near-ultraviolet photolysis of phenylpyruvic acid generates free radicals and results in DNA damage. Hargreaves A, Taiwo FA, Duggan O, Kirk SH, Ahmad SI, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B-Biology, 2007, 89 (2-3), 110-6

Psychology, Neuroscience and Sports Psychology, Co-organiser of the 2007 NTU conference

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