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Dr Nigel Francis

Dr Nigel Francis

Honorary Associate Professor, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Nigel is a member of the biochemistry and genetics teaching staff and deputy programme director for biochemistry. His teaching focuses on immunology, fundamental lab skills and the development of key transferrable skills. His research interest is in the field of immunometabolism, looking at how immune cell function can be linked to their metabolic profile. His pedagogical research focuses on the use of eLearning tools to enhance student engagement and the use of these tools to improve feedback provision. Nigel is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), is currently completing a PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education and acts as a reviewer for the Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Immunological:
  • Immunometabolism
  • Neutrophil biology
  • Complement system biology
  • Pedagogical:
  • eLearning
  • Feedback literacy

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Nigel’s teaching focuses on the provision of immunology teaching across programmes in the School of Medicine as well as the development of lab-based competencies and key transferrable skills. His teaching is influenced by both his lab-based and pedagogical research interests. 


Nigel’s lab-based research focuses on the metabolic profile of immune cells and how these are altered during health and disease to try and to identify novel therapeutic targets. His teaching-based research looks at the use of eLearning tools in both laboratory and classroom-based teaching to enhance student engagement with their learning. He is also interested in exploring ways to use eLearning tools to enhance feedback provision to students

Award Highlights

Royal Society of Biology – HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year – Nominated in 2020 

Swansea University – Swansea University Medical School Teacher of the Year – Nominated in 2020 


Dr David Cole – Immunocore Ltd, Abingdon