Dr Rachel Berkson

Academic Developer

Location: Cambridge

Rachel is Academic developer: Active Collaborative Learning. She works with the HEFCE Catalyst project team to increase uptake of active learning methods.

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Rachel is Academic developer: Active Collaborative Learning at Anglia Learning & Teaching. She creates resources and training to help colleagues to develop their practice in active learning methods such as Team-Based Learning. This is part of a HEFCE Catalyst project Scaling Up Active Collaborative Learning for student success across three institutions, University of BradfordNottingham Trent University and Anglia Ruskin University, aimed at improving student success and engagement, and reducing attainment gaps.

Rachel has over 30 years of teaching experience, including eight years as a lecturer in Bioscience at Keele Medical School. Her particular interest is in building effective communities to promote student learning.

Research interests

Through the HEFCE Catalyst project, Rachel is studying the effectiveness of active collaborative learning at an institution-wide scale. She is particularly interested in identifying and overcoming barriers to at-scale adoption.



  • Staff training and CPD courses on active collaborative learning methods


Keele University School of Medicine
  • Course Leader for Year 2 ‘Inputs and outputs’, Year 2 ‘Movement’ and Year 1 ‘Complex family’ in the Keele MBChB course. 
  • Designed and lead Professional Development Tutors program matching medical students with senior clinicians and academics
  • Jewish Faith Advisor with Keele Communities Together group working to promote diversity and inclusion across the institution


PhD in Molecular Oncology
PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Memberships, editorial boards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Rachel Berkson & Adam Moola, 2017. Reflections of the Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium 2017. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 8, pp 66–67. Available at: https://jadekeele.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/jade-eighth-edition-final.pdf

C-N Chiue, RG Berkson & APH Wright, 2009. c-Myc induces changes in higher order rDNA structure on stimulation of quiescent cells. Oncogene, 28, pp 1833–1842.

Berkson RG, Hollick JJ, Westwood NJ, Woods JA, Lane DP & Lain S. 2005. Pilot screening programme for small molecule activators of p53. International Journal of Cancer, 115, pp 701–710.