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Dr Debbi Marais



Principal Teaching Fellow


WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
Rm A-131 Medical School Building
Gibbett Hill campus
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)24 76522036
WebLink: Social Science and Systems in Health Unit Postgraduate Education

Research Interests

Pedagogical: Technology-enhanced teaching; Employability & Professionalism

Health: Technology-enhanced health education; Infant and young child feeding; Nutrition transition & Global health


Debbi is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, demonstrating a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning and impact and influence on other colleagues by leading, managing and organising programmes. She has almost 20 years of experience in the higher education environment gaining expertise in teaching and assessment (internally and externally) at under- and postgraduate levels; programme and course coordination; quality assurance, curriculum development and reform; student recruitment & selection and mentoring & pastoral care. Debbi originally qualified as a Dietitian and worked in the public sector in South Africa for 8 years. Thereafter she entered academia, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa (11 years), University of Aberdeen (6 years) and is currently at University of Warwick (2 years). Debbi is committed to supporting and promoting innovative teaching, reflective practice and enhancing the student experience. Furthermore, Debbi is a post-doctoral researcher with a focus on Pedagogical and Public Health Nutrition research. She has a proven track record in successfully supervising postgraduate student research (PhD and Masters level) and experience of writing research proposals and securing external funding as part of collaborative teams. Debbi has excellent communication skills as evidenced by her publications, reviewer role and international, national and public engagement presentations in educational, nutrition and public health disciplines.


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