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Chris Sharp is Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Genetics & Evolution Programmes. Chris is also module lead for several modules including Molecules of Life, Essential Physiology, Metabolism, Protein Interactions and Biological Membranes.

What is a typical day at work for you?

Typically teaching most mornings, mostly one session with sometimes a second lecture or tutorial late morning and often at least one lab practical each week with either Level 4 or Level 5 (first and second year) students. When I have an afternoon free it's mostly spent on admin or sometimes in the lab working on new lab practicals for the students. 

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Teaching and preparing lecture materials.

What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the university?

Seeing the first cohort of UCS students graduate last September. It was pleasing to see the other students, especially the freshers, take part in the graduation event.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?

I'm just starting some volunteer work helping a group expose and preserve a fossilised Carboniferous forest.

What is the best thing about the courses?

Small group sizes, allowing me to teach students in a tutorial fashion.

If you could have a superpower what would you choose?

The ability to fly, and if I could, to fly through waterfalls.

What should your students remember about you?

Hopefully all the stories I tell them about the experiences I’ve had in science throughout my career.

What might people not know about you?

As little as possible, hopefully, but they probably know I love mountains (more than collagen even) and being outdoors.

What is the best piece of advice that you could give to a student?

Turn up, work hard, read a lot and think outside of the box.

What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

As well as being in Shropshire, it's small, intimate, friendly and with high-quality teaching.


Find out the latest news from the UCS Bioscience department at their Facebook page. If you'd like to learn more about studying Biochemistry or Genetics and Evolution at UCS, why not come along to our upcoming Open Evening? You can book your place here

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