Dr David Adams has been
appointed as Cogent Director of Science and Higher Education (HE).
Dr Adams' responsibilities include leading on Science and HE,
including policy, as well as project management of a number of key
programmes within Cogent's strategic Life Sciences Skills Action
Dr Adams has a long and established career in the biosciences,
based largely in academia and with frequent interaction with
industry. His most recent position was as the Director, UK Centre
for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy; the Centre supported a
large network of learning and teaching practitioners involved in HE
bioscience throughout the UK. Prior to this he held senior
academic posts with the University of Leeds.
He is a prolific contributor to both academic journals and books,
as well as holding memberships of a variety of national academic
committees. Dr Adams said, "with the launch of
Cogent's Skills Action plan for Growth in UK Life Sciences this is
a particularly exciting time to join the Sector Skills
Council. As Director of the UK Centre for Bioscience a major
priority was promotion of key skills in the
"I now greatly
welcome the opportunity to extend this work by collaborating with
colleagues throughout the UK in ensuring students achieve their
full potential as the well-equipped, communicative, critical and
creative problem solvers sought by employers."
Cogent CEO Joanna Woolf said, "I'm delighted to welcome
David to Cogent, his background and experience will bring a
tremendous focus to the delivery of our strategic programmes in
life sciences, working closely with key stakeholders in HE,
professional bodies and employers across the
over-riding objective is to ensure that the wealth-creating life
science industries are promoted as an exciting and accessible
career choice and have access to the right skills, delivered
through employer-shaped learning provision, which is underpinned by
national industry standards and industry placement
Dr Adams has a PhD in Microbiology from theUniversity of Aberdeen.
He has a particular interest in the promotion of creativity in
bioscientists and recently edited the book Effective Learning in
the Life Sciences: How Students Can Achieve Their Full
Potential. He also helped introduce enterprise to bioscience
modules at University of Leeds and elsewhere, and co-edited the
book Enterprise for Life Scientists.