Mrs Carole Stoddard

Mrs Carole Stoddard

Honorary Lecturer

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


Honorary Lecturer in Cellular Sciences (0.5 WTE)

Higher Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Cellular & Anatomical Pathology Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth (0.5 WTE)


Professional Qualifications:

1983 Ordinary National Certificate in Medical laboratory Science
1985 Higher National Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science
1988 IBMS Special (Fellowship) Examination in Cellular Pathology - Histology option
2015 Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Plymouth

Professional Experience/ Specialisms:

2014- (present) Departmental Quality Manager, Section Lead for Non-Gynae Cytology 
2008- 2013 Section Lead for Electron Microscopy and Immunocytochemistry
Foundation Management
1993- 2013 ATO Line Manager

Teaching experience:

2012 - (present) Honorary Lecturer in Cellular Sciences for Biomedical and Healthcare Science undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, PUPSMD
Over 25 years experience of delivering the theory and practice of histological technique to Trainee and State Registered Biomedical Scientists from pre-registration to MSc level.

I knew from the age of 14 that I would like to follow in my mother's foot-steps and forge a career working in a hospital laboratory. Three years later in 1981, to my great fortune, I was successful in being appointed to the position of Junior 'A' Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (as we were called back then) in the Histology Department at Greenbank Hospital (which was situated at the top of North Hill, here in Plymouth) and launched my long and happy career in this field. The laboratory moved out to the then newly built hospital at Derriford in 1983 where I progressed to Junior 'B' and gained the requisite qualification to become State Registered in 1985. On passing the Institute's Special Examination I was eligible for a senior post which I have held since 1991. In my position of Higher Specialist Biomedical Scientist I sit on the management team that ensures the provision of a high quality, efficient, modern, diagnostic cellular pathology service that serves to provide local healthcare services with diagnostic information to determine treatment outcomes for their patients. 
In 2012 a fantastic opportunity arose for me to take up a part-time teaching position in the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences in order to help deliver the programme modules involving my area of professional expertise.
I am enjoying this opportunity to reinvest my 30-plus years of acquired knowledge and experience into teaching a new generation of scientists to take Cellular Sciences into the future.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS)
Registered Biomedical Scientist - Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Teaching interests

I have an interest in engaging a new generation of scientists to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning cellular pathology practices (histology, cytology, immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy) and their application in the context of diagnosis and treatment of human disease. 

I teach on the following modules;

BHCS 1005 Human Disease

BHCS 2002 Evidence- Based Practice in Biomedical Science

BHCS 2004 Cell Biology in Health and Disease

BHCS 2009 Techniques in Microscopy and Molecular Biology

BHCS 3002/ 3013 Molecular and Cellular Pathology

BIOM 5011 Molecular and Cellular Pathology

I am Module Lead for BHCS 2009 and BHCS 3013