Paula Sime


I have had a life-long love of (obsession with!) science, maths, and learning.  I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1990, with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology majoring in plant biochemistry and molecular biology. After a couple of years working in the water industry as a statistician, I decided to go back to full-time education and completed a PhD studying the impact of pesticides on microbial communities in streams in 1996.  


Since then I have lectured statistics and freshwater ecology at the University of Hertfordshire, run a research database at University College London, and programmed databases for clinical trials.  After 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry in the central belt, I had the chance to move north, and in 2013 I joined the staff of Inverness College UHI.


Here at Inverness College UHI, I teach biology and statistics across our FE provision.  I am also module leader for two of our degree modules (‘Ecological and Statistical Methods’, and ‘Microbial Ecology’), and supervise undergraduate dissertation students. 


I also work for the SQA, being involved in marking and standardisation for the Higher Biology exam and assignment.



My research interests lie towards the ecological side of things, and ultimately I would like to develop models on the impact of climate change on some of our protected freshwater species. 


Other Interests

I am the eternal student.  I have completed many IT courses with the Open University over the years, and am currently a final year student on their BSc (Hon) Mathematics and Statistics (Applied) and a student member of the Royal Statistical Society.  In my time off, you’ll find me running STEM activities with local schools (including Code Clubs), running a Cub pack, and making sure that my own children are out enjoying our natural environment as much as possible!