Dr Mark John Patrick Kerrigan

Director of Learning & Teaching

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation , Education and teaching , Life sciences

Mark's is a highly experienced academic in medical science whose research interests and publications span science (osteoarthritis, cell signalling and microscopy) and education (mobile learning, assessment and digital literacy). The Higher Education Academy named Mark as a National Teaching Fellow in December 2016.

Email: mark.kerrigan@anglia.ac.uk


As Director of Learning & Teaching and part of the Faculty Management Group in our Faculty of Medical Science, Mark is responsible for fostering excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, and the design and implementation of strategies to enrich the staff/student experience. He also has a strong interest in assessment and mobile/technology-integrated learning.

Mark is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at our Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE).

Before accepting a position at Anglia Ruskin, Mark worked for the University of Greenwich in the Educational Development Unit and was a programme leader and Teaching Fellow for the University of Westminster. He is a founding member and co-lead for the national Students as Change Agents Network and was the project manager for the Jisc-funded Digital Literacies in Higher Education project. Previously, he led the iPad in Science project, and developed a new model of assessment feedback as part of the Jisc-funded project, Making Assessment Count. He developed MapMyProgramme an open-source tool to support the holistic design of assessment and in 2012 was award a prize of ALT-C/Google for this work.

Mark is a co-conveyor for the Society of Research into Higher Education, Newer Researchers’ Network, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and co-managing editor for the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change.

Research interests

  • Osteoarthritis and mechanotransduction
  • Calcium signalling
  • The role of the cytoskeleton in chondroprotection
  • Digital literacy in staff and students
  • Mobile learning
  • Assessment and feedback

Science: Chondrocytes, the only cell-type in articular cartilage are responsible for the synthesis and regulation of the tissue responding to numerous physiological, mechanical and biochemical stimuli. The transduction of these stimuli is essential for function and a failure may lead to osteoarthritis, a debilitating syndrome that currently has no cure. Mark’s scientific interests reside around the role of the cytoskeleton skeleton (Kerrigan and Hall, 2005; Parker et al, 2012) and intracellular calcium (Kerrigan and Hall, 2008) as two key signal transduction mediators. Coupled to these are an interest in the regulation of the chondrocytic phenotype (Qusous and Kerrigan, 2012), shown to change in chondrocytes during tissue expansion and the protection of chondrocytes following impact trauma. Drawing from a range of imaging, molecular and pharmacological methodologies, this work aims to elucidate the role of mechanotransition in osteoarthritis as possible route for treatment generation.

Education: The experience gained from university shapes a student’s lifelong personal and professional development and it is the duty of an institution to optimise this valuable time. Assessment is a core part of the experience and it is important to be able to support students to critically engage with their feedback whilst maximizing the impact of feedforward and peer engagement. Furthermore, the development of strategic assessment practice as part of holistic curriculum design and delivery is essential and the ethos of ‘assessment for learning’ and the use of assessment as a vehicle for academic and professional development are key. Linked to assessment is the student journey coupled to student transition and the impact of digital, including mobile, environments. Drawing from a range of methodologies and practice, Mark’s works aims to enhance the student assessment experience, through the critical and engaged use of digital technologies aligned to the student journey and digital literacy.

Areas of research supervision

  • (PhD) The role of del1 in chondrocyte expansion and mechanotransduction – an investigative study
  • (PhD) Mechanical load & cartilage physiology
  • (PhD) Investigation into the immuno-therapeutic potential of melanocortin peptides on activated chondrocytes
  • (MPhil) Trauma and osteoarthritis - the role of cell volume and mechanotransduction


Mark's teaching includes physiology and anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and research methods. He also designs and delivers staff CPD in assessment and feedback, teaching and learning, and digital literacy. His teaching ethos is led by learning and working in partnership, ensuring transparency and recognising students as individuals.


  • PhD, Edinburgh University
  • PgCHE Education, Westminster University
  • BSc Applied Biology, The University of Leeds
  • CHE Biology, Herriot Watt University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Co-managing Editor, Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change
  • Co-convenor (Newer Researchers), Society of Research in Higher Education
  • Research Fellow, University of Greenwich eCentre
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2015: Student Change Agents’ Network, Jisc, £13,500
  • 2014: Internal education projects, Anglia Ruskin University, £7,000
  • 2012: Student Change Agents’ Network, Jisc, £30,000
  • 2011: Digital Literacy in Transition, Jisc plus match-funded by UoG, £200,000
  • 2008: Making Assessment Count, Jisc, £200,000

Selected recent publications

The student experience of using iPads to enhance undergraduate laboratory teaching. Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. 2014.

Kaneva M, Kerrigan, M.J.P., Grieco P, Curley G.P, Locke, I.C. & Getting S.J. (2014). Melanocortin peptides protect chondrocytes from mechanically induced cartilage injury. British Journal of Pharmacology, 92(2): 336-347.

Students as Digital Change Agents In: Dunne, E. and Owen, D. The Student Engagement Handbook. Bingley: Emerald. 437-460. 2013.

Kaneva M, Kerrigan, M.J.P., Grieco P, Curley P, Locke, I.C. & Getting S.J. Chondroprotective and Anti- Inflammatory role of Melanocortin peptides in TNF-a activated human C-20/A4 chondrocytes. British Journal of Pharmacology. 2012; 167(1): 67-79.

Parker E, Qusous A, Geewan C, Kapasi A, Getting SJ, Hucklebridge F, Keshavarz T & Kerrigan MJP. Novel methods for the quantification of changes in actin organisation in chondrocytes using fluorescent imaging and linear profiling. Microscopy Research & Techniques. 2012; 75(7): 991-99.

Qusous A & Kerrigan MJP. Quantification of Changes in Morphology, Mechanotransduction, and Gene Expression in Bovine Articular Chondrocytes in Response to 2-Dimensional Culture Indicates the Existence of a Novel Phenotype. Cartilage. 2012; 3 (3) 222-234

Qusous A, Geewan C.S.V, Greenwell P & Kerrigan M.J.P. siRNA-Mediated Inhibition of Na+–K+–2Cl2 Cotransporter (NKCC1) and Regulatory Volume Increase in the Chondrocyte Cell Line C-20/A4. Journal of Membrane Biology, 2011; 243 (1-3): 25-34.

Getting S.J., Kaneva M., Bhadresa Y., Renshaw D., Leoni G., Patel H.B., Kerrigan M.J.P. and Locke I.C. Melanocortin peptide therapy fro the treatment of arthritic pathologies. The Scientific World Journal 2009; 9: 1394-1414.

Kerrigan M.J.P & Hall A.C. Regulation of chondrocyte Regulatory Volume Decrease (RVD) by [Ca2+]i and cell shape. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage 2008; 16 (3): 312-322.

Kerrigan M.J.P., Hook C.S.V., Qusous A & Hall A.C. Regulatory volume increase (RVI) by in situ and isolated bovine articular chondrocytes. Journal of Cellular Physiology 2006; 209: 481-492.

Kerrigan M.J.P & Hall A.C. Stimulation of regulatory volume decrease (RVD) by isolated bovine articular chondrocytes following F-actin disruption using Latrunculin B. Biorheology 2005; 42: 283-293.

Recent presentations and conferences

Keynote and invited presentations

Kerrigan, M.J.P., & McKenna, D. (2014) SEDA Conference Keynote: Students as Change Agents

Kerrigan M.J.P., & Walker S. Higher (2014) Education viewed through the lens of Digital Literacy. Solstice eLearning & CLT conference.

Kerrigan, M.J.P., Blackburn, R., Force, S., Amin, Z., James, K., Yorke, J., Walker, S., Snowden, M & Scott-Jones, E. (2014) The use of iPads to support the development of professional attributes in laboratory teaching. UCSIA.

Kerrigan, M.J.P. (2012) Tools for Teaching. Higher Education Academy STEM Conference.

Kerrigan M.J.P., Headington R & Walker S. (2012) Collaborative approaches for visualising the student experience of assessment. Association for Learning Technology.

Selected other presentations:

Kerrigan, M.J.P., & Chatterton, P. (2014). The Jisc Change Agents’ Network: Driving Staff/Student Partnerships. Anglia Ruskin Learning & Teaching Conference.

Kerrigan M.J.P., & Walker S. (2014) University of Greenwich Teaching & Learning Conference: Digital Literacy & Student Transition Aligned.

Chatterton, P., Knight, S., Kerrigan, M.J.P. (2014) HEA Annual Conference: Supporting institutions with implementing student partnerships and change agent initiatives.

Knight, S., Walker, S., Kerrigan, M.J.P., Chatterton, P., & Elliot, B. (2014) Jisc Digifest: Identifying and driving change in partnership with students.

Kerrigan, M.J.P. (2014) ALT Enhancement & Evaluation of TEL – ocTEL (webinar): iPads in the Curriculum.

Saunders, G., Kerrigan, M.J.P., Reader, K., et al., (2013) The Making Assessment Count (MAC) framework: cross-institutional evaluation. Association for Learning Technology.

Kerrigan, M.J.P., Coombs, A., Hinrichsen, J & Walker, S. The role of digital literacy in curriculum design and resourcing. BLU 2012 Conference.

Kerrigan M.J.P., Clements M, Nedelcheva, Y., and Saunders G. (2010) E-Reflect, a system for making assessment count through reflection. University of Ulster’s elearning conference 2010.

Kerrigan, M.J.P., Oradini, F, & Saunders, G. (2009) The use of RSS feeds in Blackboard to support student learning and academic interactions. BBWorld 09, 2009.

Kerrigan, M.J.P., Clements, M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y and Saunders G. (2009) University of Westminster, Making Assessment Count - A JISC funded project. Association for Learning Technology. 2009.

Kerrigan, M.J.P., Clements, M, Bond A, Oradini F and Saunders G. (2009) The use of Web 2.0 technologies to support student feedback and reflection. E-learning 2.0. 2009.