Dr Vivien Rolfe BSc PhD
Up to date list of papers and conference presentations –> http://vivrolfe.com/books-and-publications/
Dr Viv Rolfe combines her work as an open educator with her role as Head of herbal Research for Pukka Herbs. Her subject interests include intestinal physiology and herbal medicine, and research method expertise includes qualitative and quantitative approaches, plus systematic review. She has worked in medical research, higher education and the food industry.
As a researcher, Viv has won several awards for her work. Her PhD from the University of Sheffield focused on gut health and diarrhoeal disease, and this followed a research fellowship at the Institute of Child Health in London looking at fish oils for inflammatory bowel disease in children. She won the Glaxo Wellcome Young Investigator Award from the UK Physiological Society and AP Mowat Young Investigator Award from the British Society of Gastroenterology at this time.
This is the surface of the colon (large intestine) stained with BODIPY phalloidin to highlight the cytoskeleton. In this photograph we are looking down onto the openings of four crypts of Lieberkuhn, which are glands in the colon that absorb water.
After London, she worked as researcher for Mars Inc, Pedigree Petfoods Division. Her team’s research explored novel functional ingredients and their beneficial effects on pet health, including dietary fibre, phytochemical and functional foods. At this time her life began to be taken over by springer spaniels. Below is Spike.
Transition to open educator
She is Director of three open educational resource (OER) projects sharing science resources with global communities. Having worked in higher education she achieved a number of the most senior professional awards – a UK National Teaching Fellowship (2012) and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2015). She was also recognised in the Jisc Social Media Influencers Top 50 list in 2015. In recognition of her digital approaches to learning and teaching, she was awarded the title Learning Technologist of the Year as awarded by the Association of Learning Technology jointly with James Clay (2009).
She passionate about the concept of opening the doors to education and research. Education needs to be made more equitable and accessible, and there is a transparency crisis in research. She directs three OER (open educational resource) projects that share content under Creative Commons open licenses, are well visited globally. Other national work includes:
- Part of UK Open Textbook Project funded by Hewlett Foundation 2017
- Association of National Teaching Fellows web communications manager
- Open Education Special Interest Group committee member
- Joint coordinator of the ‘Go Open‘ project with Catherine Cronin
And back into science!
In 2018 she joined Pukka Herbs LTD as Head of Herbal Research to investigate the health benefits of herbs based on Ayurvedic traditions. Some of her interests are around the herbal medicine evidence-base, and she will be applying her knowledge of systematic review writing and meta-research approaches to Pukka’s enquiries.