Clare Ray gained a BMedSc (1st Class Hons) in Medical Science, specializing in Cardiovascular Physiology, from the University of Birmingham in 2000. She went on to study for a PhD in the Department of Physiology, developing a novel technique for directly measuring the in vitro release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and elucidating the pathway by which adenosine evokes nitric oxide release during systemic hypoxia.
Her two post-doctoral research projects, both funded by the British Heart Foundation, allowed Clare to continue her research into the control of oxygen delivery in skeletal muscle at the University of Birmingham and it was during this time that she developed her interest in learning and teaching.
Whilst continuing with her research, Clare completed the Associate Module in Learning and Teaching in HE in 2009 and was appointed as a lecturer in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences in January 2010. In 2011, she completed the PGCertLTHE and became a Fellow of the HEA. In 2016, Clare was promoted to Senior Lecturer and became a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Birmingham Teaching Academy.
As a post-doctoral researcher Clare developed an interest in outreach and widening participation and in 2003 became a subject tutor on the University of Birmingham’s flagship widening participation scheme Access to Birmingham (A2B). Since then Clare has become increasingly involved in a variety of schemes and activities aimed at increasing the participation of under-represented groups in Higher Education, resulting in her being appointed the College lead for Outreach and Widening Participation in 2013. Since then the College has made large strides in its widening participation activities particularly around widening access to medicine, via our Routes to the Professions: Medicine scheme. As part of these activities Clare sits on the Physiological Society’s Education and Outreach Committee, The Medical Schools Council Northern Network of Medical Schools Widening Participation Group, the NHS Health Education West Midlands Birmingham and Solihull Local Education and Training Council Widening Participation Group and the Realising Opportunities Academic Board. In recognition of this work, in 2016, Clare was the first recipient of the Dean's Leadership Award.
Clare’s current research is centred around the control of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).