Sharon Boyd (PhD student)

Thesis title: Place-responsive higher education at a distance


I am currently a part-time PhD student at Moray House, having completed my PgCert in University Teaching and my MSc in eLearning here between 2009 and 2013. I completed my honours undergraduate degree in zoology at Trinity College Dublin, and have a Masters in Applied Environmental Science from University College Dublin.

I enjoy gardening and allotmenting, and also love walking in the lovely East Lothian countryside and spending rainy days (of which there are a few!), reading or doing something crafty. I moved to Scotland from Ireland in 2000 and I'm still exploring this magnificent country which I've fallen totally in love with - and it's also where I met my wonderful husband Gavin!


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Senior Lecturer in Distance Student Learning at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Undergraduate teaching

BVM&S programme

Year 1: Professional and Clinical Skills 1

Year GEP: Professional and Clinical Skills GEP

Year 2: Student Research Component Foundation

All Years: Professional Development

Postgraduate teaching

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice: programme director

MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice: deputy director and course leader for Professional and Clinical Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice

All programmes: course leader for Academic Study Skills for Taught Postgraduate Students and co-lead for postgraduate peer tutor training

Research summary

My research interests centre around distance and sustainable education. I am particularly interested in online distance education, place responsive learning and online reflective practices.