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 of the medical curriculum (2010 - present)
  • Academic Lead and Co-ordinator of External Courses in Anatomy (2015 - present)


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 by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  In this role, I examine both nationally and internationally.

I held the role of External Examiner for anatomy within year 1 of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, The University of Bristol between 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.


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