Dr Kirsty Hughes

Research Assistant (Veterinary Medical Education)


I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2007 with an Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Infection (2004-2005). I then worked in private practice prior to returning to the R(D)SVS in 2008 to pursue a Master of Science by Research in Veterinary Education. My Masters research was focussed on veterinary students’ expectations and experience of academic feedback.

Following my PhD at the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) and the University of York where I investigated the transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle I returned to work at the R(D)SVS in my current role as a Research Assistant in Veterinary Medical Education.

During my secondment to IAD 2014-2015 I further developed my interest in researching and effecting change in learning and teaching and the student experience. My work involves a number of areas of educational research including the student experience, assessment and feedback, e-learning and student and staff wellbeing.


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, The University of Edinburgh Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), The University of Edinburgh The role of a novel poxvirus protein in protecting against apoptosis Master of Research, The University of Edinburgh Exploring Student Perceptions of Academic Feedback in Veterinary Medicine Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of York Understanding patterns of Escherichia coli O157:H7 shedding and colonisation in cattle and their role in transmission

Professional Qualifications

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Collaborative Activity

Secondment to the The Institute for Academic Development, The University of Edinburgh between January 2014 and December 2015. Key contact: Dr Neil Lent

Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-convenor of R(D)SVS Human Ethical Review Committee (HERC)

Provide educational research support to students and staff

Lead workshops on feedback as part of R(D)SVS Faculty Development Programme

EdTA mentor through IAD and R(D)SVS

Mentor veterinary undergraduates applying for AFHEA fellowship.

Postgraduate teaching

Professional & Clinical Skills 1

All Years

Professional Development

Research summary

Veterinary education, the student experience, assessment and feedback, student wellbeing, e-learning, educational research methods, staff development.

Current research interests

I am based within the Veterinary Medical Education Division (VMED) research group. We have a wide remit looking at many aspects of veterinary education including assessment and feedback, learning and teaching and student support and wellbeing.

Research activities

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View all 28 publications on Research Explorer