Stephanie G Zihms

Lecturer in Researcher Development – Always a Geoscientist


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I’m a Lecturer in Researcher Development at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and joined their UWS Academy in November 2018. I have been engaged with researcher development since 2016 when I started the Postdoc Forum at Heriot-Watt University. In my role at UWS I’m supporting researchers in their development by providing training and opportunities to develop new skills. My research interests are academic writing support and their role in community building, and the role of public engagement (science communication) in research-engaged teaching.

My background is in geoscience and I have a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from University of Strathclyde. After my PhD I worked as a researcher for the British Geological Survey before deciding to go back into academia for a postdoc at Heriot-Watt University. I was at heriot-Watt from January 2015 to November 2018 based in the School of Engineering, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society.

During my time at hereto-watt I was the Native Scientist manger for German in Scotland and I took part in different outreach events like Soapbox Science, PubhD or Bright Club.

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