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Dr Steve Minchin DPhil
Dr Steve Minchin teaches molecular genetics at foundation and undergraduate level. As Academic Director of the Birmingham International Academy he has academic oversight of all Foundation level delivery in Birmingham and Dubai. He is passionate about research-led teaching. He is responsible for teaching the genetics component of the “Introduction to Biology” module within the Psychology Foundation Year in Dubai, covering aspects of DNA function and mutation with particular relevance to psychology, including behaviour and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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Olivia Goncalves BSc MSc
Olivia Goncalves joined the University of Birmingham as Deputy Director of Foundation Psychology in Dubai. Olivia is passionate about learning and the student experience and has significant experience in Higher Education in the Middle East. She pioneered the School of Foundation Studies for Curtin University in Dubai and established the Foundation Program. During her tenure as Head of School of the Foundation Studies, she was involved with a number of activities including moderating a panel on Women Leadership and leading workshops at various schools in the UAE.
Olivia was also responsible for overseeing the Teaching and Learning Centre of the University, during which she introduced and successfully implemented an intervention program to support learning among at risk students. Her program improved overall student performance at the Foundation level. Olivia’s research interests include cognitive learning and diversity in leadership.
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