Dr Rhian Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy within Swansea University Medical School. She is an experienced academic having worked in education and research in a number of UK HE institutions and is a Fellow of the HEA. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology at UWE, Bristol where she taught on the Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare Sciences programmes. While at UWE she was the Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) degree apprenticeship, part of UWE Bristol’s unique collaboration with NHS providers that allowed students to ‘earn and learn’ through in-post NHS training. Prior to this she was a lecturer in Pharmacology and Physiology in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University. Her research interests, both as a postdoctoral researcher and as an academic, are in the biology of disease especially neurodegeneration. Much of her teaching covers the functioning and disorders of the nervous system.