Samantha Taylor


  • Room 01.024A - Whitla Medical Building

    United Kingdom


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I am a Senior Lecturer (Education) within the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  As an anatomist, my area of subject expertise is gross anatomy. 

My key areas of leadership are:

  • Designated Individual (DI) for the Anatomy Licensed Area (2011 - present)
  • Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Clinical Anatomy (2016 - present)
  • Academic Lead for anatomy within year 2 C19 of the medical curriculum (2010 - 2021) and C25 (2021 - )
  • Academic Lead and Co-ordinator of External Courses in Anatomy (2015 - present)
  • Academic Lead for Anatomy Placements within the Academic Foundation Programme (AF2) (2017 - present)
  • Medicine Liaison for Anatomy (between the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education and the Centre for Medical Education)
  • Academic Lead for Recruitment of Clinical Demonstrators in Anatomy



Year 1 Medicine (MB BCh BAO)

Musculoskeletal 1 (MSK 1) Unit - Joint Unit Lead


Year 2 Medicine (MB BCh BAO)

Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Renal and Reproductive Unit - Anatomy Lead

Neurological System Unit - Anatomy Lead

Musculoskeletal 2 (MSK2) Unit - Anatomy Lead



MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Applied Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain (SCM8113) 40 CATS module - Joint Module Co-ordinator and Teacher

Anatomy Project Module (SCM8079) 60 CATS module - Module Co-ordinator and Supervisor



I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

External Appointments

In 2013, I was appointed to the Faculty of Examiners for the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B OSCE, by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  As an experienced College Examiner, I have examined at national centres (Edinburgh, Manchester, Buckingham) and internationally (New Delhi, India; Kuching, Borneo).

I have held the role of External Examiner for anatomy within year 1 of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, The University of Bristol (2015 - 2020).


Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the specific learning approaches that are adopted by medical students when learning human anatomy; it is this area that was the focus of my doctoral research.  I am particularly interested in exploring the extent to which student perception of clinical relevance of anatomy and previous qualifications predict student learning approach.  From a theoretical perspective, I am interested in Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and how this particular theory may be translated to the study of anatomy by medical students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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