Associate Professor Sheelagh Heugh DBMS

Sheelagh is the Deputy Dean Academic and also serves as a principal lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science.

Photo of female staff member Associate Professor Sheelagh Heugh DBMS.

Associate Professor Sheelagh Heugh DBMS

Current position

  • Head of Student Experience and Academic Outcomes, London Metropolitan University, 2016 to present
  • Proctor for the School of Human Sciences 

Previously, Sheelagh served as:

  • academic leader for Biomedical Science, London Metropolitan University, 2013-2016
  • principal lecturer for Biomedical Science, 2008-2013
  • senior lecturer for Biomedical Science, 2005-2008 



Sheelagh holds the following qualifications: BSc, PGCE, MSc, FIBMS and DBMS

Subject specialism

  • Haematology and transfusion science
  • Medical microbiology
  • Clinical biochemistry and cellular pathology

Professional activity

External examiner and validation roles

Validation of:

  • many external Biomedical Science and Biological programmes at UG and PG level for several institutes including Keel, Edinburgh, Plymouth, UEL, Westminster, Brighton, DeMontford, Coventry and Greenwich
  • internal chair for collaborative validations including RIBA, Santander, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. 
  • chair and internal academic representative for internal validation events

External examiner 

Previously for:

  • BSc/FD/MSc Biomedical Science courses, University of Greenwich
  • BSc Biomedical Science, University of Westminster
  • MSc Biomedical Science, University of Plymouth


  • BSc Biomedical Science, Dublin Institutional of Technology
  • Biomedical Science including Distance Learning, University of Ulster

Educational pursuits

  • Developed a series of distance learning modules to deliver Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited top up education or Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Investigating the impact of blended learning techniques on student performance and satisfaction
  • Development of novel e-learning teaching tools for biomedical science


Research interests

  • Erythrocyte microparticle evaluation and investigation of potential physiological role
  • E-learning and blended learning tools in the enhancement of student experience and outcomes


  • Bamford, J., Heugh, S., Moschini, E., Skinner., J, Tschirhart, C., (2018) The Teaching Excellence Framework: a case study of institutional impact and change, British Educational Research Annual Conference

  • Bamford, J., Heugh, S., Moschini, E., Mummery, V., Skinner., J, Tschirhart, C., (2018) A case study of TEF driven change in a post-92 urban HEI, BERA TEF Symposium, Birmingham City University

  • Freezor, R., and Heugh, S. (2017) Blood science module assessment redesign: utilising technology to assess competency in students’ practical skills development. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 11:108-114

  • Giannella, L., and Heugh, S. (2017) Using a WebLearn course organisation to enhance student engagement, clarify good performance and encourage communication. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 11:100-107

  • Hind, E, Heugh, S., Ansa-Addo, E., Antwi-Baffour, S., and Inal, J.M. (2010) Red Cell PMV’s Plasma Membrane-derived Vesicles calling out for standards. Biochem Biophys, Res. Commun. 398, 278

  • Inal J.M., Fairbrother U.L.P, and Heugh S.M.B. (2013) Microvesiculation and Disease. Biochemical Society Transactions. 1:41(1):237-40

  • Jacoby, J.C., Heugh, S.M.B., Bax, C.M.R., and Branford-White, C.J. (2014) Enhancing Learning through formative assessment. Innovations in Education & Teaching International 


  • Freezor, R., Heugh, S., 2017. Membrane markers profiling: Comparative analysis of microvesicles derived from erythrocyte and HeLa cells infected with Human Rhinovirus type 16. Abstract Book: Toronto ISEV2017. J Extracell Vesicles, 6:sup1, 1310414

  • Freezor, R., Heugh, S., 2017. Identifying immune-related miRNAs, studying the differences between erythrocyte and human rhinovirus-infected HeLa cells derived microvesicles, a profiling using Firefly particle technology. Abstract Book: Toronto ISEV2017, J Extracell Vesicles, 6:sup1, 1310414

  • Freezor, R., McLean, G., Heugh, S., 2016. Erythrocyte cells and HRV16-infected HeLa cells derived microvesicles protease profiling.  The Fifth International Meeting of ISEV, ISEV2016, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. J Extracell Vesicles. 5: 10.3402/jev.v5.31552

  • Freezor, R., Heugh, S., 2014. The biological effect and characterization of erythrocyte-derived microvesicles. BBTS (British Blood Transfusion Society) 32nd Annual Conference (Harrogate International Centre)

  • Freezor, R., Heugh, S., 2014. Characterization and expression of markers on erythrocyte-derived microvesicles, either naturally released or stimulated with normal human serum. Abstracts from the Third International Meeting of ISEV 2014 Rotterdam, The Netherlands. J Extracell Vesicles. 3: 10.3402/jev.v3.24214

  • Freezor, R.,  Heugh, S., 2013. The biological effect of Erythrocytes derived-microvesicles on the growth of Jurkat, THP-1, PC3-M and MCF-7 cell lines. Does this biological function indicate potential therapeutic roles? Second International Meeting of ISEV 2013: Boston, USA. J Extracell Vesicles. 2: 10.3402/jev.v2i0.20826

  • Freezor, R., Heugh, S., 2013.  The clinical importance of microvesicles as diseases biomarkers - developing a reference range for microvesicles in healthy volunteers, to determine the significance of change in disease. ImmunoTools IT-Box-139 Award 2013


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7133 2153

Room: T12-04A, Tower Building