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Ecology and Conservation

Dr Andrew Pye

Dr Andrew Pye

Co-Director EDI, Senior Tutor, Academic Advisor, National Teaching Fellow. Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy.

 01326 370446

 Stella Turk Building L046-139


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


I am the Co-Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity for the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. I am passionate about creating an inclusive environment where people can feel comfortable and valued being themselves.

I also lead pastural support for undergraduate students in my role as Undergraduate Senior Academic Tutor. As Lead Academic Tutor I have a strong focus on staff tutoring, peer tutoring and the undergraduate experience as a whole. I teach first and second year undergraduate modules and run research projects on microbiology and disease.

I deliver staff training across Exeter’s campuses. I was Director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Course in Cornwall between 2010-2014 and currently contribute to the Universities Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme (PCAP). I am an Academic Advisor and ASPIRE mentor.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) (2023).

In 2018 I was also awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) the most prestigious individual higher education award in the UK. This was in recognition of my impact supporting students and staff nationally.


  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). 
  • National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).
  • NCFE Level 2, Counselling Skills.
  • ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Training.
  • ILM 3 Award in Leadership and Management.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE).
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice (PGC).
  • PhD. Biology.
  • BSc. Biomedical Sciences 1st Class.


  • Associate Professor.
  • Co-Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.
  • Education Incubator Fellow.
  • Senior Lecturer (E&S). 
  • Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow, University of Exeter
  • Lecturer in Clinical Education and Biomedical Sciences, Peninsula Medical School
  • Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Peninsula Medical School
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Peninsula Medical School
  • Research Assistant, Peninsula Medical School
  • Assistant Technical Officer, Medical Microbiology Department, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff
  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist (Degree Sandwich Placement), Medical Microbiology Department, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff

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Journal articles

Curnow A, Pye A (2015). The importance of iron chelation and iron availability during PpIX-induced photodynamic therapy. Photonics and Lasers in Medicine, 4(1), 39-58. Abstract.
Diaz A, Hill J, Jenkins R, Kay A, Pye AJ, Morley D, Garavito N (2014). A SWOT Evaluation of University Student-Staff Partnerships in Co-creating Educational Resources, Peer Support and Research Within STEM Subjects. Journal of Scientific Research & Reports, 5(2), 161-170.
Campbell SM, Morton CA, Alyahya R, Horton S, Pye A, Curnow A (2008). Clinical investigation of the novel iron-chelating agent, CP94, to enhance topical photodynamic therapy of nodular basal cell carcinoma. Br J Dermatol, 159(2), 387-393. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pye A, Campbell S, Curnow A (2008). Enhancement of methyl-aminolevulinate photodynamic therapy by iron chelation with CP94: an in vitro investigation and clinical dose-escalating safety study for the treatment of nodular basal cell carcinoma. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol, 134(8), 841-849. Abstract.  Author URL.
Campbell SM, Pye A, Horton S, Matthew J, Helliwell P, Curnow A (2007). A clinical investigation to determine the effect of pressure injection on the penetration of topical methyl aminolevulinate into nodular basal cell carcinoma of the skin. J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol, 26(4), 295-303. Abstract.  Author URL.
Curnow A, Pye A (2007). Biochemical manipulation via iron chelation to enhance porphyrin production from porphyrin precursors. Journal of Environmental Pathology Toxicology and Oncology, 26, 89-103.
ACurnow, Pye A (2007). Direct comparison of delta-aminolevulinic acid and methyl-aminolevulinate-derived protoporphyrin IX accumulations potentiated by desferrioxamine or the novel hydroxypyridinone iron chelator CP94 in cultured human cells. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 83(3), 766-773.
Pye A, Curnow A (2007). Direct comparison of delta-aminolevulinic acid and methyl-aminolevulinate-derived protoporphyrin IX accumulations potentiated by desferrioxamine or the novel hydroxypyridinone iron chelator CP94 in cultured human cells. Photochem Photobiol, 83(3), 766-773. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bradfield W, Pye A, Clifford T, Salter L, Gould D, Campbell S, Curnow A (2006). Hg(II) exposure exacerbates UV-induced DNA damage in MRC5 fibroblasts: a comet assay study. J Environ Sci Health a Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng, 41(2), 143-148. Abstract.  Author URL.


Pye A, Dogra Y, Tyrrell J, Winyard PG, Curnow A (2009). Photodynamic therapy with aminolevulinic acid and iron chelators: a clinical example of redox signaling. In Jacob C, Winyard PG, Wiley-VCH (Eds.) Redox Signaling and Regulation in Biology and Medicine, Weinheim, Germany: , 351-372.


Pye AJ (2016). The UK educational landscape and the potential for establishing PLTLIS partnerships. Abstract.
Curnow A, Pye A, Campbell S (2009). Enhancing protoporphyrin IX-induced PDT. Photodynamic Therapy - Back to the Future. Abstract.
Curnow A, Pye A (2007). Biochemical manipulation via iron chelation to enhance porphyrin production from porphyrin precursors. Abstract.  Author URL.


Keenan C, Bianco K, Braham J, Bryngfors L, Chapman V, Chilvers L, Croft T, Evans C, Ford N, Frank A, et al (eds)(2014). Mapping student-led peer learning in the UK., Higher Education Academy (HEA). National Report. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Association of National Teaching Fellows:

Member of the UK network of National Teaching Fellows.

Higher Education Academy (HEA) pool of reviewers for:

  • National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).
  • Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

 UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT):

  • National body promoting good practice in academic tutoring. 
  • Research Commitee member.
  • Chair of national webinar seres 'Tutoring Matters'.

External Boards:

Board of Directors Peer-Led Team Learning International Society (PLTLIS). Based in the USA PLTLIS aims to promote peer learning both in the USA and internationally. 2013-2016.

External Examiner:

External examiner for the PgCert, PgDip and MEd in University Learning and Teaching (ULT) at Imperial College London.  July 2016-2020

External 'Imperial STAR Framework' professional accreditation pathway leading to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) July 2018-2020.

External programme review:

External reviewer for approval of new programmes. Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) University of Plymouth. Nov 2014.

Invited lectures

Invited presentations:

The UK Educational Landscape and the Potential for Establishing PLTLIS Global Partnerships. Peer Led Team Teaching International Society Annual Conference, University of Texas in Dallas May 2015 (Key Speaker).

Higher Education Academy's National Seminar Series - Students as partners in co-creating STEM outputs. Bournemouth University. Jan 2014 (invited speaker).

Editorial responsibilities

External reviewer new textbooks:

Osbourn, et al.. The Scientific Method and Experimental Design. (Oxford Biology Primer series) 2017.

Ruxton & Colegrave. Experimental Design for the Life Sciences, 4th Edition. Oxford University Press. 2015.

Butler et al.. Environmental Physiology: Animals in their Natural Habitats. Oxford University Press. 2014.

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National Teaching Fellow

Student nominated teaching awards:

Nominated Extra mile award, SU, 2020.

Nominated Inspirational teaching, 2020.

You’re Brilliant award, SU, 2018.

Nominated 'Best lecturer' and 'Innovative lecturer', 2017.

Shortlisted 'Innovative teaching', 2016.

Nominated Most supportive member of staff', 2015.

Nominated 'Most supportive lecturer' and 'Best lecturer', 2014.

Shortlisted 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Wellbeing', 2013.

(Attended ceremony at National Maritime Museum).

Voted Lecturer of the Year Biosciences (Penryn), 2010.

Senior Tutor, CLES Cornwall:

Lead Academic Tutor for Geography and Biosciences on the Penryn campus. I am responsible for the tutoring provision of 900 students in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Student Engagement.

  • Students as Change Agents.
  • Student Staff Liaison Committee.
  • Peer Support.

Level 1

  • BIO1420 Physiology
  • BIO1425 Microbes

Level 2:

  • BIO2423 Wildlife Disease

Postgraduate 2010-2014:

  • Programme director for Cornwall Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (level 1)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (level 2)

PCAP module two:

  • Creating effective learning in higher education (EFPM902) 2015- present

I am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.



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Office Hours:

My offcie hours are 2:30pm Mondays and 2:30pm Fridays during term time. Please email me to let me know you are coming if you can  Please Note: I have moved office to Stella Turk L046-139 (top floor of the lower Stella Turk building). 

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