Dr Elizabeth Toon BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Science Communication

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Currently I am Programme Director for the MSc in Science and Health Communication, which is offered through the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM).  Modules I lead or co-lead include: Introduction to Science Communication; Introduction to Contemporary Science and Medicine; Science, Media, and Journalism; and Health Communication; and I contribute to Communicating Ideas.  I also, with deputy director Dr Harriet Palfreyman, organise the Mentored Project and Research Project/Dissertation components of the programme. 

I lecture, run seminars and advise for CHSTM's other PGT offering, the MSc in HSTM; I give lectures and seminars for the modules Major Themes in HSTM and Historiography, and run a spring options module, Risk, as well as supervising MSc dissertations.

In the past I have convened and taught several undergraduate modules for CHSTM, as well as postgraduate units.  Previous undergraduate teaching includes Madness and Society (Semester 2), Bodies in History (Sem 2), From Cholera to AIDS (Sem 1), From Baker St to CSI (Sem 1), Bioethics (Sem 2), and the Science and Society RSM (Sem 2).  At the postgrad level, I have previously convened Major Themes in Medical Humanities (Sem 1), and lectured on HSTM Skills (Sem 1); Medicine, Science and Modernity (Sem 2); and Making Modern Technology (Sem 2).

I regularly supervise 2YDs and FYPs for the School of Biological Sciences, and welcome self-arranged projects relating to history of women's health, history of patient experience, and science and health communication broadly construed.

I have contributed to several SALC modules in the Faculty of Humanities, and am happy to co-supervise MA and PhD students.

In the Manchester Medical School, I often work as a Y1S2 PBL Tutor, and have also contributed as a Y2S4 PBL Tutor and a PPD tutor.

In previous years I have been co-director, with Dr Sarah Collins of the Manchester Medical School, of CHSTM's MSc pathway in Medical Humanities; this pathway has now been integrated into our MSc HSTM and MSc Sci & Health Comm programmes.