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Dr Majid Malekpour

Business, Life Sciences, Art & Design, Chemistry, Engineering  

About Majid

Majid began teaching as a casual tutor and laboratory demonstrator while completing his Doctorate (PhD) at UNSW Sydney.  In 2019 he joined UNSW College as an academic staff member, developing and teaching diploma courses.

“For me, teaching is a deserving career that requires not only a comprehensive knowledge of the content with absolute professionalism, but also deep commitment and passion. I have a firm belief, as my learning and teaching philosophy, that a lecture must be an inspiration for the future generation of engineers, a motivator to help them engage with the course and enjoy every moment of their studies, both on campus and at home”.

Yichelle Zhang


About Yichelle

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce followed by Postgraduate Research at UNSW Sydney to complete her Masters in Philosophy, Yichelle started lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2008 Yichelle began lecturing with UNSW and in 2021 began teaching at UNSW College.

“I love sharing my passion for learning with the students, and seeing their interests and skills develop and mature. I also love learning from my students as they share their experiences and cultural backgrounds with me during class".

Dr Thomas Murphy

Life Sciences Art & Design Chemistry

About Thomas

Thomas began teaching casually in 2012 while completing his Doctorate (PhD) of Chemistry. In 2018 he started teaching foundation studies while working to develop the current diploma chemistry courses he continues to teach at UNSW College today.

“I really love science and chemistry. When I can help a student understand and then enjoy chemistry, I get to share one of my favourite things with them. Hopefully, I can help students appreciate how awesome science and chemistry is”.

Dr Karen Black

Business, Life Sciences

About Karen

Karen began teaching in 1992 as a laboratory demonstrator, while undertaking her Doctorate (PhD) at UNSW Sydney. In 2017 she began teaching Foundation Studies Biology laboratories for UNSW College and later worked to develop the Diploma program Biology course before becoming Course Convener.

“I find international students so inspiring – taking on the challenge of studying far from home and learning in a language that in most cases, is not their first language. I think they are incredibly brave and it inspires me watching them gain confidence and independence”.

Mark Lewis

Business, Life Sciences, Art & Design

About Mark

Mark began teaching at the Australian National University in 2010 before living and teaching in several cities in China, including Tengzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Qingdao. Returning to Australia in 2016, he began teaching Academic English for Foundation Studies and now teaches a range of Art and Design courses across both foundation studies and diplomas at  UNSW College.

“My favourite thing about being a teacher is being in a position to be able to help students to work towards their academic and career goals (no matter what they might be) and helping them to overcome challenges they may face in achieving this”.

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