Ms Vivien Shaw

Lecturer in Medical Sciences (Anatomy)

Contact info

01248 388069

Contact Info

01248 388069


Designated Individual for the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

Teaching and Supervision

Module lead for:

MSE 2013- Clinical Anatomy (BMedSci in Medical Sciences)

MSE 3009- Applied Anatomy (BMedSci in Medical Sciences)

MSE 4051- Anatomy and Histopathology (MSc in Clinical Sciences)

MSE 4060- Clinical Anatomy (MSc Physician Associate Studies)

MSE 4067- Applied Anatomy (MSc Physician Associate Studies)

MSE 1023- Anatomy for Sport Science (BSc Sport Science)


I am an anatomist with a deep love of all things anatomical. In my teaching I enjoy sharing that enthusiasm with students, encouraging them to learn, explore and be curious about what it is that makes us human.

All of my students are encouraged to learn using the cadaveric specimen collection that I have created for Bangor University. For most people, this represents a unique opportunity to understand the human body through examining it in person, and looking at it with their own eyes.

My interests are broad, ranging from neuroanatomy to evolutionary anatomy. Neuroanatomy is fascinating because learning about the anatomy of the brain helps us to appreciate the ways in which  this organ underpins how we think and experience the world around us, and how that in turn contributes to our sense of self.

The study of evolution creates the ability to take a step back and see ourselves within the bigger context of the  history of our planet. This wider historical prespective leads to a deep understanding of how we are related to other species, the environment, and the world around us.

I have also published in the field of the Anatomy of Acupuncture, where I argue that the acupuncture points and meridians represent a 2,000 year old anatomy atlas of the body. I also argue that the level of detail in this atlas can only have been arrived at by the author(s) seeing the structures they are describing with their own eyes, and therefore that it must have been arrived at through anatomical dissection.


Career History

2016-2017  Prosector in Anatomy, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

2015-2016  Senior demonstrator, University of Oxford

2015-2016  Anatomy Tutor, Magdalen College, Oxford

2014-2015  Departmental Anatomist, University of Oxford

2011-2014  Anatomist and demonstrator, University of Oxford

2012-2013  Anatomy demonstrator, St George's Medical School

2012-2013 Prosector, Imperial College London Medical School

2003-2016  Acupuncturist for the homeless, Oxford Homeless Medical Fund

1992-2016  Acupuncturist (self-employed)



Hobbies: Scuba diving, Hill walking, Choral singing, Cheese making

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Professional , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015 - 2016)
  • 2015 - Professional , Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014 - 2015)
  • 2014 - Professional , Anatomy training Programme (2012 - 2014)
  • 1992 - Professional , Diploma of Acupuncture (1989 - 1992)
  • 1986 - BA , Philosophy (1983 - 1986)

Research outputs (22)

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