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The Division is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards:


Dr Proochista Ariana - for the exceptional impact her vision, integrity, commitment and skills have made towards the success of the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine, for her capacity building work including through her support for alumni, and for her enthusiasm in encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration in education.

 “A teacher who inspires becomes a role model; and it's with great confidence that I consider her one. She has truly shown how much she cares about us as individuals and about the great futures she inspires us to seek. It's because of leaders like her that this course is truly unique.” [Student]

Read an interview with Proochista about her work and the impact of winning an award


Lifetime Achievement

Professor Carl Heneghan - in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the teaching of Evidence-Based Medicine, the impact of his leadership in Evidence-Based Medicine education and his educational outreach activities, and the outstanding care and support he offers to students.

He trains his students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and independent researchers. I've greatly benefited from Carl's diverse set of skills … including his wealth of knowledge, creativity and passion for teaching the public about evidence.” [Student]

Dr Tim Littlewood - for his personal commitment and passion for making complex topics in haematology accessible to students, for promoting the “human” side to the clinical medicine curriculum and for supporting students in challenging and difficult moments along the way.

 “I worked with Tim Littlewood the educator for over 15 years. From early on, I recognised from student feedback, that he was regarded by the student body as an outstanding role model, an outstanding patient-centred clinician who took great care to teach, and took great pride in inspiring students to consider haematology as a career (many did).” [Senior Faculty member]

Dr Helen Salisbury - for her exemplary commitment to education, her innovative, sensitive and wise approach to teaching, tutoring and examining, for her one-to-one coaching of students who need additional support, as well as for the impact of the Communications Skills course she has worked to develop.

“I really honestly feel that I have changed as a potential doctor under Dr Salisbury’s thoughtful guidance; through working on communication with her I have actually re-connected with my idea of what it means to be a doctor.” [Student] 

Dr Paul Azzopardi - for his dedication to ensuring continuous improvements to the quality of teaching and resources available to students, for his significant work in developing the BA  Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, and for his outstanding contribution as a college tutor.

“Dr Azzopardi has been an inspiring mentor – he enthuses infectiously about his subject and knows the field inside out. He has also been extremely helpful in shaping my work and engaging in fascinating debate.” [Student]

Professor Ashok Handa - for his enormous contribution to the Oxford Medical School through his commitment to teaching and educational leadership in surgical education, including work on the review and development of the curriculum and assessment, as well as for his outstanding contribution to college-based clinical teaching. 

Ashok has made a major contribution to undergraduate surgical education over 18 years, helped Oxford to get to and remain in pole position in the UK League table for Medical Schools and has a national and international reputation for his many contributions to Medical Education.” [Senior Faculty member]

Professor Kevin Marsh - for his devotion to capacity building and tireless work towards supporting future generations of scholars, including his contributions towards teaching at Oxford, supervision/sponsoring of many DPhil students, and the foundation and leadership of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme which has grown into an international programme working across East Africa and which has trained over 400 students to date. 

“ Today if you take a look at… [those currently] managing, leading and directing the health and health research agenda in Africa, you will find people who have gone through either direct or indirect supervision and mentorship from Kevin. These men and women are doing a tremendous job in living Kevin’s philosophy and legacy of directing African health research and research capacity building agenda – they are now multiplying Kevin’s contribution to this agenda. What has been even more outstanding is his effort to continuously keep in touch with majority of these people and his readiness to provide support and counsel whenever called upon. Kevin has arguably been one of the most influential persons in driving the health research and research capacity building agenda in Africa.” [Senior collaborator]



Dr Anne Marie O’Donnell - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Deborah Hay - Radcliffe Department of Medicine/ Jesus College

Dr Michael Gilder - Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Dr Nick Talbot - St Peter’s College

Dr Paul Fairchild - Dunn School of Pathology/ Trinity College

Dr Suzanne Stewart - Department of Primary Care Teaching Team

Dr Lisa Heather – Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics/ Oriel College

Professor Vicki Marsh - Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health

Dr John L. Kiappes - Department of Biochemistry/ Corpus Christi College

Dr Manuel Berdoy - Department of Biomedical Services

Professor David Bannerman – Department of Experimental Psychology/ St Edmund Hall



Dr Prabin Dahal - Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health/Linacre College

Mr Tanadet Pipatpolkai - Department of Biochemistry

Dr Naomi Petela – Department of Biochemistry/St Hilda’s College


EXCELLENT Supervisor

Dr Sarah Snelling - Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences/ St Hilda’s College

Read an interview with Sarah about her work and the impact of winning an award

Professor Caroline Jones - Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health; KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme



Mrs Laura Rose - Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health

Ms Judy Irving - Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health

Mrs Gill McLure - Department of Biochemistry



Dr Christopher-James Harvey, Dr Damion Young, Dr Nicola Barclay; Dr Sumathi Sekaran, Dr Dimitri Gavriloff, Dr Simon Kyle (The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine: Remote Proctoring for Formative Assessment) - This project trials ProctorExam software for remote invigilation of examinations, allowing students to take timed assessments remotely as part of the distance-learning programme. The software will be trialled with formative assessments (which do not contribute towards the final degree outcome).

Dr Esther Park and Dr Andrew Soltan (Project Referrals) - This award will enable an evening training workshop, aimed at final year Oxford medical students/incoming Foundation Year 1 Doctors, on making high-quality specialty referrals.

Dr Hussam Rostom (App-based adjuncts to support learning by undergraduate medical students and work experience students) - This project will develop apps to support student learning, making it more interactive and allowing students to access resources outside of timetabled teaching and check their understanding. One app will be for use by medical students taking the Laboratory Medicine course, and the other will be targeted at work experience A-level students.  

Read more about the Laboratory Medicine project

Dr Natalie Voets and Prof Mark Jenkinson (Clinical MRI Neuroimaging workshop) - The project supports setting up a 2-day teaching workshop to accompany a new online course in translational neuroimaging aimed in particular at trainee clinicians.

Dr Robert Wilkins (Targeting outreach activities to potential applicants for Biomedical Sciences from black and ethnic minority backgrounds) - The project provides funding for Target Oxbridge, for activities targeted particularly towards potential applicants for Biomedical Sciences. Target Oxbridge is a free programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of making a successful application to Oxford or Cambridge.

Professor David R. Greaves (Developing new eLearning resources for medical students) - This project will develop online resources to support Pre-Clinical medical student self-directed learning. The project will develop an integrated eLearning resource designed to support students throughout their studies through different approaches to core material revision and inspiring deeper learning.

Dr Deborah Hay and Dr Ricardo Carnicer Hijazo (Bench to Classroom: linking researchers with clinical teaching in Laboratory Medicine) - This project will develop short online teaching videos aimed at fourth year medical students (and 1st-2nd year graduate entry medical students) focusing on the application of basic and translational scientific research to clinical training. The resources will enrich students’ appreciation of the ways in which research informs clinical practice and expands the horizons of practising doctors

Prof Marella De Bruijn, Mr Bryan Adriaanse, Dr Danuta Jeziorska, Mrs Victoire Dejean, Dr Glenn Wells, Dr Paul Brankin, Megan Morys Carter (Pilot Course in Innovation Strategy for DPhil Students) - Oxford is a central hub for innovation in the UK and its entrepreneurial climate is growing rapidly. There is a growing interest in innovation and enterprise among early career scientists working in STEM subjects, and PhD graduates are increasingly pursuing careers in the innovation space, encompassing - but not limited to - industry, policy, IP-law or the charity sector. The majority of students in the UK do not receive formal training in this area at present. The project funding will help to support a pilot course in Innovation Strategy for DPhil students. The course will run over 3 terms with one 2-3 day module per term (50 hours of teaching in total).

Congratulations to all of the awardees.