MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
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The Centre for Reproductive Health teaching team.

Professor Simon Riley

Director and Senior Tutor for PGT for Deanery of Clinical Sciences, Director of Student Selected Components in MBChB Medicine, Deputy Director for Reproductive Biology Honours



The Queen's Medical Research Institute
The University of Edinburgh
47 Little France Crescent

Post Code
EH16 4TJ


Senior Lecturer - University of Edinburgh (2001-present) Institute for Academic Development – part-time secondment (2015-17) Travelling Research Fellowship - University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2010)

I have two main, although different interests:

I have two main, although different interests: 1/ In the pedagogy of Higher Education, exploring student autonomy and choice to co-create their own curriculum through experiential, reflective learning and using portfolios.

This includes initiatives in the undergraduate medicine curriculum, where I am Director of Student Selected Components (SSCs), and an institution-wide initiative Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs), where students can define their own learning outcomes, surrounding the academic content around an agreed experience the student has developed;

2/ The signalling in the placenta, fetal membranes, uterus and cervix, for the maintenance of pregnancy and control of the initiation of labour.