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Dr Rachael Neal

Dr Rachael Neal
  • School Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • Programme Co-Director (with Dr Caroline Rymer) for BSc Animal Science and BSc Bioveterinary Sciences
  • Admissions Tutor for Animal Science and Bioveterinary Sciences
  • Member of the University Senate
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Module convenor

Areas of interest

  • Leadership of Department of Animal Sciences teaching strategy through our regular ‘Teaching Forum’, including new programme development, embedding transferrable skills, authentic assessment, and implementing the Reading curriculum framework.
  • Enthusiastic teacher with diverse experience across the animal sciences, covering livestock, companion animals and equine.
  • Strong interest in helping undergraduate students enhance their employability and communication skills; and develop strong self-reflection and self-awareness regarding career progression and graduate recruitment potential.
  • Online/virtual learning experience of students, especially those enrolled on our sustainable livestock modules.
  • Teaching mentoring and pedagogic projects.
  • Student voice and partnership projects.
  • Coordination and contribution to animal/bioveterinary science outreach events.

Postgraduate supervision

Primary PhD supervisor for Holly Vickery (UoR GTA studentship) (2019-2023) – Goat kid behaviour and welfare in the weaning transition

Esteem factors

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019)
  • External Examiner (undergraduate)


Module convenorship and teaching includes careers and professional development skills teaching and tutoring, supervising and supporting students to undertake mini work-placements, contemporary issues in animal sciences including sustainability in animal systems.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc
  • PhD
  • PGCert Academic Practice


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