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Andrew Shore

Dr Andrew Shore


School of Biosciences

+44 29208 76609
Sir Martin Evans Building, Room West 1.16, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX



I am the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Biosciences with responsibility for over 3,000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate applications every year. My research, teaching and engagement activities focus on developing the highest quality science professionals whether they pursue research, clinical practice, policy development, education or one of many alternative career pathways.


My current research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the impact of school, college and university qualifications on student outcomes. The intention is to reveal the very best methods of developing future scientists and clinicians as well as to reveal the factors that influence their attainment. These findings help inform government, regulators, schools and universities when developing courses and qualifications as well as helping us to understand how to support learners who face particular barriers to academic attainment.

I advise awarding bodies and government on the content of qualifications and assessments as well as how best to conduct research to evaluate curriculum reform. These qualifications include A-levels, International A-levels, GCSEs, BTECs, Access to HE and the International Baccalaureate.


Within the School of Biosciences I draw on my current research and background (zoology and genetics) to design and deliver high quality courses to a wide range of undergraduates encompassing all our Bioscience degrees as well as Medicine and Dentistry courses. I am particularly interested in collaborative learning, assessment design and e-learning methods.

Subject areas

  • Animal biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Education
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Nutrition
  • Statistical modelling & big data


  • Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • Academic Team Lead
  • Assessment Lead - Genetics and its applications
  • Deputy Module Leader - Organisms and Environment










Education Research

My research focusses on the predictors of success at university. I use large government data sets to evaluate which factors make the greatest factors make the greatest contribution to student attainment. A key area of this is the evaluation of national curricular to determine which qualifications provide the best preparation for higher education and whether curriculum reform produced positive or negative impacts. My latest project was designing the most significant recent evaluation of the practical skills of students post the reform of A-levels in England. The first report from that research is available here

I also use qualitative research methods to understand the why these factors have positive or negative impacts on students. Alongside this I also investigate the attitude to learning and the research strategies of students and how these impact their experience and attainment through their student lifecycle.

Education Publications and Conference Presentations

Yhnell, Emma, Wood, Heather, Baker, Matthew Douglas, Amici-Dargan, Sheila, Taylor, Christopher Matthew, Randerson, Peter and Shore, Andrew 2016. The impact of attaining the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma on academic performance in bioscience higher education. International Journal of Science Education 38 (1) , pp. 156-169.10.1080/09500693.2015.1135353

Andrew Shore, Arjen Van Den Berg, Gordon Beattie, Emma Yhnell. Subject Choice or Academic Attainment -- What is the relative importance of subject choice Vs academic attainment in predicting university outcomes in STEM subjects? Presented at: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Leeds, UK, 10-13 Sept 2018.

Rutherford, Stephen, Limorenko, Galina and Shore, Andrew 2016. Why do students not engage in Collaborative Learning outside of class? Presented at: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Tech University, Virginia, USA, 10-12 Feb 2016.

Smith, Perry, Yhnell, Emma, Rutherford, Stephen and Shore, Andrew 2016. The 'Sophomore Slump' - do learners recover and can year-on-year grade begin to provide answers to difficult questions? Presented at: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Leeds, UK, 13-15 Sept 2016.

Rutherford, Stephen M, Limorenko, Galina and Shore, Andrew 2016. Correlations between learning styles and perceptions of Collaborative Learning in Higher Education. Presented at: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2016), Dublin, Ireland, 24-26 October 2016.

Limorenko, Galina, Shore, Andrew and Rutherford, Stephen 2016. Perceptions of collaborative learning outside of class – is there a link to deep, surface or strategic learning styles?Presented at: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Leeds, UK, 13-15 Sept 2016.

Shore, AM. 2015. The academic attainment of Access to HE learners in Wales – a research update. Wales Access to HE Conference, Llandrindod.

Shore, AM. 2014. How best to measure academic attainment of Access learners in HE – a collaborative project. Wales Access to HE Conference, Llandrindod.

Yhnell, E., Shore, AM., 2013. Is Less More When Predicting Success in Higher Education. HEA STEM Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Shore AM., 2013. What might contextual data tell us about performance in the Biosciences. HEA Discipline Seminar. Cardiff University.

Shore AM. 2012. Chair for Discussion Session. Feedback – A Marked Improvement? Cardiff University.

Dargan SL and Shore AM. 2012. Student authored assessments, HEA STEM Annual Conference, Imperial College London.

Yhnell E., Randerson P, Dargan SL, Baker M and Shore AM.2012. Impact of entry level qualification on HE performance.  HEA Discipline Seminar. Cardiff University.

Shore AM. 2011. Using TurningPoint to Engage Learners. QUILT Technology Enhanced Education Conference. Cardiff University.

Shore AM. 2010. Engaging Students Through Questioning. QUILT Technology Enhanced Education Conference. Cardiff University.

Innovative uses of an audience response system for formative assessment & student directed lectures. STEM Network SW, July 2009.

Using VLE directed physiology practicals & data loggers to improve student learning. STEM Summer School SW, July 2009.

Front loading of practicals via a VLE icreases student engagement and maximises practical teaching time. STEM Network SW, March 2009.

Embedding an audience response system for formative assessment: the effect on VLE engagement. Education Enhancement Conference 2009, Bournemouth.

Silencing of Uncoupling Protein 1 Expression

My Bioscience research training was focussed on the genetic factors that influence obesity and metabolic disease. Specifically the growth and development of fat cells.

Uncoupling Protein 1 (UCP1) uncouples the respiratory chain from ATP Synthase by providing an alternative route for protons to cross the inner mitochondrial membrane. When this route is activated large quantities of heat are produced at the expense of ATP. UCP1 is specific to brown adipose tissue. In humans brown adipose tissue is only found in neonates for whom it is vital to maintain their body temperature. Thermogenically active brown adipose tissue consumes more energy than any other tissue, if transcription and activation of this protein could be easily manipulated in adults it may provide an important treatment to combat obesity and the metabolic syndrome. New evidence suggests that DNA methylation and chromatin remodelling may play a key role in regulating UCP1 expression. Although murine models are widely used to study UCP1 expression, epigenetic control of the gene may be significantly different in humans making findings difficult to transfer to humans. Recent research has focussed on identifying and validating more appropriate models for epigenetic regulation of UCP1 transcription in humans.

Allied collaborative research projects have included regulation of gene silencing by RIP140 and the role of gene silencing in tumour formation in mouse models for adenoviral gene therapy.

Bioscience Publications and Conference Presentations

Shore, Andrew, Karamitri, Angeliki, Kemp, Paul J., Speakman, John R., Graham, Neil S. and Lomax, Michael A. 2013. Cold-induced changes in gene expression in brown adipose tissue, white adipose tissue and liver. PLoS ONE 8 (7) , e68933. 10.1371/journal.pone.0068933

Shore, Andrew, Emes, Richard D., Wessely, Frank, Kemp, Paul, Cillo, Clemente, D'Armiento, Maria, Hoggard, Nigel and Lomax, Michael A. 2013. A Comparative approach to understanding tissue-specific expression of uncoupling protein 1 expression in adipose tissue. Frontiers in Genetics 3 , 304. 10.3389/fgene.2012.00304

Shore, Andrew, Karamitri, A., Kemp, Paul J., Speakman, J. R. and Lomax, M. A. 2010. Role of Ucp1 enhancer methylation and chromatin remodelling in the control of Ucp1 expression in murine adipose tissue. Diabetologia 53 (6) , pp. 1164-1173. 10.1007/s00125-010-1701-4

Tissue specific expression of Uncoupling Protein 1 is determined by DNA methylation. European Congress on Obesity 2007, Budapest.

Karamitri, A., Shore, Andrew, Docherty, K., Speakman, J. R. and Lomax, M. A. 2009. Combinatorial transcription factor regulation of the cyclic AMP-response element on the Pgc-1 promoter in white 3T3-L1 and brown HIB-1B preadipocytes. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284 (31) , pp. 20738-20752. 10.1074/jbc.M109.021766


Having completed my undergraduate degree at the Wye Campus of Imperial College London I took up a research assistant post in the Comparative Medicine Section of Imperial which led onto a PhD in the same laboratory. With the continual evolution of research and university departments I left Imperial with a PhD and DIC from the National Heart and Lung Institute within the Faculty of Medicine.

This was followed by two years as a lecturing in Dorset on Bournemouth University degrees focussing on comparative anatomy, physiology, nutrition, genetics and epidemiology. While lecturing I completed my PGCertEP, became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and gained experience in the delivery of vocational qualifications and promoting widening access to Higher Education. With increasing lecturing commitments my research interests focussed on Bioscience Education, widening access to Higher Education and Bioinformatics.

I took up my current post at the School of Biosciences in 2009. Allied to my role as an admissions tutor I have also recently contributed to the Science and Learning Expert Group, developed science units for of level 3, 4 and 5 vocational qualifications (including HNDs) and advised City and Guilds on the progression of vocational learners to Higher Education.

Committees and reviewing

QAA Biosciences Subject Benchmark Statement Advisory Group