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Dr Renata Medeiros-Mirra BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Dr Renata Medeiros-Mirra


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Lecturer in Medical Statistics in the Cardiff School of Dentistry since November 2017.


I am a Biologist by background. Through the years, I developed a strong interest in Statistics, initially in the context of my research interests in seabird ecology and later as a teacher. I have lectured Statistics (with much pleasure) since 2013, first in the Cardiff School of Biosciences and, since November 2017, in the Cardiff School of Dentistry.

I am originally from Portugal and moved to Cardiff in 2006 to do a PhD at Cardiff University on the feeding behaviour of migrating European storm petrels Hydrobates pelagicus in the light of climate change. During this period, I was already involved in supporting the undergraduates statistics teaching in the School of Biosciences.

Before moving to the UK, I worked as Scientific Officer at A ROCHA Portugal, a Christian environmental organisation in the South of Portugal.

While working at A ROCHA, I also did an MSc degree, at Coimbra University, on the ecology and conservation of Little Terns Sternula albifrons.

I did a five-year Biology degree at Coimbra University, where my main interests were evolution and animal behaviour. For my final year project, I spent one year on a small islet off Graciosa Island on the Azores archipelago, studying storm petrels, where read my first Statistics book: “Statistics for Ornithologists” by J. Fowler and L. Cohen.

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2017 – present: Lecturer in Statistics, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

2013 – 2017: Lecturer in Statistics, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

2011 – 2012: Independent Researcher, British Antarctic Survey

2006 – 2010: PhD, Cardiff University

2002 – 2005: Scientific Officer, A ROCHA Portugal

2001 – 2003: MSc in Ecology, University of Coimbra

2000 – 2001: Professional Year, University of the Azores

1996 – 2000: Undergraduate degree in Biology, University of Coimbra















I teach medical statistics to undergraduates dentists (BDS) and post-graduates in orthodontic dentistry (Orthodontics MScD). I am also involved in statistics support to staff and post-graduates across the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I am a great admirer of educators such as John Dewey, Paulo Freire and Bell Hooks. I was greatly honoured to be nominated for two Enriching Student Life Awards in 2016 (Most Effective Teacher and Most Uplifting Staff Member).

I am part of the Applied Clinical Research and Public Health (ACR&PH) Research Theme and I am currently identifying areas of research that I can support or develop within the theme.

For an overview of my research projects and publications on seabird ecology, please visit my LinkedIn or Research Gate profiles.

Pedagogic Research

Emerging pedagogic research interests focus on student experience and wellbeing, particularly in relation to assessment and performance. I am also particularly interested in investigating effective ways of teaching quantitative skills in the biological and medical sciences.


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Zoe Deakin

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Alexandra McCubbin

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Hannah Hereward

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Annalea Beard

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