Staff profile

Professor Ian Turner

Professor in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


Biology and Zoology, Forensic Science


Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Professor in Learning and Teaching. This means I work across the University supporting individuals, teams, departments and colleges with their learning, teaching and assessment activities. 

I help implement any university-wide strategies that are concerned with ensuring our students have a truly engaging and excellent experience whilst studying with us.

As a biologist and forensic scientist, I also teach on several programmes in the College of Life and Natural Sciences.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach a module on science communication, which is about how science is presented to the general public and how it’s understood by them.

I also teach on aspects of genetics, molecular biology and forensic document and handwriting examination.

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of pedagogy especially around the topics of gamification, game based learning, as well as innovative and creative learning, teaching and assessment.

I also maintain research interests in the field of forensic science.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I am fortunate to be invited to speak at external events and teaching symposium. Talks since April 2018:

In the media

I have had the pleasure of working with local and national media including radio, newspapers and TV. A highlight was appearing on ITV’s ‘The Forensic Casebook’ hosted by Matthew Kelly. I look forward to future opportunities.

Recent publications

For my most recent research, take a look at my ResearchGate profile.

Tale of Two Games – Regular Feature in Labortaory News (9000 labs, a readership of 40,000 scientists and 33,000 website hits per month.) beginning July 2019

Experimental Science (Chapter) in A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in HE, 5th Edition. Edt. Stephanie Marshall.  Published November 2019.

Tabletop Gaming in Wildlife Conservation. Louise A Robinson and Ian J. Turner. In The Power of Play in Higher Education: Creativity in Tertiary Learning. Edt Alison James and Chrissi Nerantzi, Springer (Jan 2019)

The use of gamification in the teaching of disease epidemics and pandemics. Louise A Robinson, Ian J, Turner and Michael J Sweet, FEMS Microbiology Letters, April 2018

Cetacean Frustration: The Representation of Whales and Dolphins in Picture Books for Young Children. Ellen S. Beaumont, Philippa Mudd, Ian J. Turner and Kate Barnes. Early Childhood Educ J

The Simpsons in Higher Education. Ian J. Turner and Cristina H. Plant, Innovative Practice in Higher Education2 (3) April 2016 pages 1-15

Lecture Theatre Pantomime: A creative delivery approach for teaching undergraduate transcription and translation. Ian J. Turner, Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2 (1) April 2014 pages 1-13

Lonely Heart Columns: A Novel and Entertaining Way of Teaching Students Abstract Writing Skills. Ian J. Turner and Ellen Beaumont, Innovative Practice in Higher Education,1 (3) April 2013 pages 1-11

Engaging Biological Sciences Students in the Development of Employability Skills through Creative Teaching and Peer Reviewed Action Plans. Ian J. Turner and Liz Day, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Issue 4, March 2012

Study Promoting Undergraduate Student Conference Attendance Has Benefits for All! Ian J Turner, Student Research Projects: A Case Study for the HEA Bioscience Subject Group, 2009

Who wants to be a biologist? An excellent quiz tool for students. Ian J Turner, HEA Bioscience Education E-journal, 11-c1, April 2008

  • Exposing latent fingermarks on problematic metal surfaces using time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Tshaiya Devi Thandauthapania, Adam J. Reeve, Adam S. Long, Ian J. Turner, James S. Sharp. Science and Justice, 2018
  • Indentation recovery threshold using the Electrostatic Detection Apparatus®. Bente Roloff, Bethan Offa, and Ian J. Turner. Canadian Society of Forensic Science. 2016
  • Teaching Forensic Handwriting Analysis Using The Simpsons. Ian James Turner, Cristina Helen Plant, Ashleigh Whiffin, and Chloe Newton, The Forensic Examiner August 2015
  • Nanotechnology in Forensic Science. Ian J Turner and Ya Tsz A Turner, The Report – Journal of the Westminster and Holborn Law Society, September 2010
  • Forensic science and the attribution of 19th century stereoviews. John Bradley and Ian J Turner, Sterepscopic World, Vol 35 (8) 2010
  • A Comparison of the identifying features in Signatures and Digitally Scanned Signatures. Nazia Mehrban and Ian J. Turner. American Journal of Questioned Document Examiners – Volume 11, No. 1. June 2008
  • Investigation of class characteristics in the Gurmukhi handwriting of 1st and 2nd Generation Punjabi’s. Ian J. Turner, Rajvinder K. Sidhu and Julian M. Love, Science and Justice – 48, 2008 Pages 126-132