Dr Frankie M Macmillan

B.Sc.(Nott.), D.Phil.(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TD


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I am the Admissions Tutor for the BSc and Msci programmes run in the School i.e. Physiological Science, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. As Senior Tutor in the School I oversee the personal tutorial system and am active in supporting undergraduate students during transition to University and helping those who may experience difficulties throughout their degree.

I am unit director for a first year unit in Understanding Body Function, which is taken by students on a variety of degree programmes including Physiological Science, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Functional Anatomy and Veterinary Nursing. I am also unit director for a first year integrated unit on the veterinary science degree programme. Animal health Sciences 1.

I teach mostly on the Physiological science and Neuroscience BSc programmes as well as on Veterinary Science.  I cover topics which include Cell Biology, Renal Physiology, pH balance, Human Reproduction and Histology. I also run final year research projects in Physiology and Neuroscience.

I have an interest in developing new teaching activities, in particular interactive sessions using turning point ‘clicker’ technology and 'gamification' to enhance learning. I am also continually working to develop and evaluate  histology teaching using the ‘virtual microscope’.  Recently I have developed a range of 'programme Enhancement Activities' to engage and support students in wider learning around their main subject area.

I am the Athena SWAN lead in the School working with the Equality and Diversity Committee to enhance our practices and lead on initiatives to promote a positive work environment and equal opportunities. We are currently focussing on unconscious bias training for all staff and students.

Although I no longer undertake research my background is in immunocytochemical and tract tracing techniques. I used these in functional anatomical approaches to investigate differences in sensory input mediated by Aδ or C fibres and how these inputs may be modulated at the level of the spinal cord from higher brain centres

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Research Output

  • 8 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Conference Abstract
  • 1 Letter (Academic Journal)

Development of a risk-based, large-group revision quiz for first-year undergraduates

Goodhead, L. & MacMillan, F., 1 Mar 2019, In : Advances in Physiology Education. 43, 1, p. 42-46 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 65 Downloads (Pure)

    Developing Experimental Design and Analysis Skills in Undergraduates

    Davies, D. & MacMillan, F., Dec 2018, In : Advances in Physiology Education. 42, 4, p. 615-618 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 86 Downloads (Pure)

    Using Blackboard quizzes to support and improve student confidence in using numeracy skills

    MacMillan, F. & Fitzjohn, S., 2018, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Abstract