Mr Anuj Bhargava


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Professional Teaching Fellow


 "Mastering these ideas rewards them with a new level of lifelong knowledge. ‘Oh, I get it now!’ moments drive my teaching and my search for innovative teaching methods." 

I teach physiology to around 800 second and third-year Medical and Bachelor of Science students in large lecture, small group and laboratory settings. Whatever the setting, I have a holistic teaching philosophy which develops students, initially focused on memorisation and comprehension, into independent learners who can synthesise, communicate and effectively apply their disciplinary knowledge. I see physiology as a cornerstone subject for understanding medicine. As it relies on abstract concepts, which can be difficult for students to grasp, I use real-life examples to demonstrate physiological principals at work, enabling students to contextualise and substantiate ideas. 

Research | Current

  • Student learning patterns and skills
  • Problem based learning
  • Use of technology to enhance student learning outcomes
  • Social networking and its use in tertiary teaching environment

Teaching | Current

MEDSCI 205 (Physiology of Organ Systems)--Lecturer and Course Coordinator

MEDSCI 311 (Cardiovascular Biology)--Lecturer and Course Coordinator

MEDSCI 206 (Principles of Neuroscience)--Course Coordinator

MEDSCI 312 (Biology of Growth and Metabolism)--Course Coordinator

PHYSIOLOGY 399 (Capstone Physiology)-- Capstone Champion and Course Coordinator

MBChB 221 and PHARMACY 211 and 311


Butland Award Early Career Excellence in Teaching, 2008

CLeaR Fellowship (FMHS representative), 2017

Butland Award Innovation in Teaching, 2018

University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Awards- Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy UK,2020

National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award- Sustained Excellence in Teaching, 2020



Undergraduate advisor physiology 

Areas of expertise

Student learning styles

Cased based learning

Blended learning environment

Use of technology in tertiary teaching


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Petersen, L., & Bhargava, A. (2019). Creating spaces for deeper learning through blended approaches to lab-based physiology learning via kuraCloud. Paper presented at HERDSA2019, Auckland, New Zealand. 2 July - 5 July 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynne Petersen
  • Honey, M., Aspden, T., Bhargava, A., Carrucan-Wood, L., Tsai, A., & Sim, J. (2019). Creating, sustaining and realising the value of a faculty-wide community of teaching practice. International Journal of Innovative Research in Medical Science, 4 (3), 229-234. 10.23958/ijirms/vol04-i03/606
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michelle Honey, Trudi Aspden, Angela Tsai
  • Bhargava, A. (2019). HAPPY STUDENTS, HAPPY LEARNERS. Paper presented at 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), Palma, SPAIN. 1 July - 3 July 2019. EDULEARN19: 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES. (pp. 1).
  • Bhargava, A., Tsai, A., Han, C., Sim, H., Aspden, T., Currucan-Wood, L., & Honey, M. (2019). Ako: Fostering a Teaching and Learning Community of teachers as learners. Paper presented at SoTEL: Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning 2019, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland City, New Zealand. 14 February - 15 February 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Angela Tsai, Trudi Aspden, Michelle Honey
  • Acosta, M. L., Sisley, A., Ross, J., Brailsford, I., Bhargava, A., Jacobs, R., & Anstice, N. (2018). Student acceptance of e-learning methods in the laboratory class in Optometry. PloS one, 13 (12)10.1371/journal.pone.0209004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Ross, Monica Acosta, Robert Jacobs, Nicola Anstice, Ian Brailsford
  • Martini, N., Datt, A., Bhargava, A., & Webster, C. (2015). Ready to Practice? Learning skills using digital simulated patients. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015, 1527-1532. Kona, Haiwaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nataly Martini, Ashwini Datt, Craig Webster
  • Bhargava, A., Brailsford, I., & Ward, M. (2014). Peer tutoring in a 'difficult' physiology course: Who is helping who?. Paper presented at 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), Seville, Spain. 17 November - 19 November 2014. ICERI 2014 Conference Proceedings. (pp. 8). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marie-Louise Ward, Ian Brailsford
  • Bhargava, A., Brailsford, I., & Ward, M. (2014). PEER TUTORING IN A 'DIFFICULT' PHYSIOLOGY COURSE: WHO IS HELPING WHO?. Paper presented at 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), Seville, SPAIN. 17 November - 19 November 2014. ICERI2014: 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. (pp. 8).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marie-Louise Ward, Ian Brailsford

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 1, Room 102K
New Zealand