Professor Nalini Pather, Academic Mentor, Medicine

Nalini PatherProfessor Nalini Pather is the Head of Department, Anatomy in the School of Medical Sciences. Nalini has more than 20 years’ experience teaching into medicine and health science programs in a number of countries, including South Africa, North America and the UK. 

Nalini currently convenes courses, and teaches in the UNSW Medicine programme as well as to Exercise Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science students.  She has won several awards for developing communities of practice and embedding practices such as team work, professionalism, online assessment and ePortfolios in higher education. 

Nalini's research involves using technology to enhance medical research and educational practice. She is particularly interested in assessment.  

Nalini collaborates widely with educators, clinicians, statisticians, and engineers in research. She has several teaching awards including VC Awards, and Australian OLT citation awards, and has received several education research grants.

Nalini is a Scientia Academy Fellow providing leadership and vision in learning and teaching across UNSW and in the higher education sector.

Email [email protected] to enquire if Nalini is available to mentor you.

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Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning 
  • learning and teaching curriculum design 
  • assessment and feedback,peer review of curriculum 
  • convening a course 
  • integrating technologies into learning and teaching 
  • general teaching methods

Awards and Grants

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching grant 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Program (SEIF) learning and teaching grant 
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching award


  • development of an application for a research grant 
  • feedback on a journal article 
  • feedback on a conference paper 
  • reviewing a journal article 
  • managing research data 
  • conducting interviews and focus groups

Career and Professional

  • how to establish and build networks 
  • how to decide on career priorities 
  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • group mentoring
  • 1-2 mentees at any stage

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Any level
  • Professional staff


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.