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2015 Results

The Division is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Teaching Excellence Awards:


The following academics are being acknowledged for the high quality and sustained commitment to education demonstrated throughout their career at Oxford:

Prof Christopher Ashley (Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics)

Dr Richard Boyd (Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics)

Miss Jane Clarke (Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital)

Dr Stephen Goss (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)

Dr Simon Hunt (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)

Dr Jennifer Lortan (Clinical Immunology, John Radcliffe Hospital)

Prof John Morris (Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics)

Dr Piers Nye (Balliol College)

Prof John Stein (Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics)

Prof Derek Terrar (Department of Pharmacology)

Dr Christopher Winearls (Jesus College)

Early Career Excellent Teacher

Dr Rachel Exley (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) - for being a dedicated and innovative teacher who took responsibility for, and delivered with great success, the wide-ranging overhaul and modernization of Bacteriology practical classes. The changes she introduced and teaching she provides are consistently rated high and considered inspirational by the students. Her contributions in these areas are complemented by the outstanding support she provides to demonstrators, for whom she delivers a bespoke training programme increasing their confidence in engaging and assisting the students.

Dr Edward Hutchinson (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) – for outstanding research work and significant contributions to undergraduate teaching and outreach activities that send a powerful message that research and teaching excellence can go hand in hand. He is being recognised by students and peers for his highly rated lectures and seminars in Virology which he made 'interesting and thought provoking' by using a good mixture of information and discussion.

Excellent Teacher

Professor Ben Berks (Department of Biochemistry) – for consistently high quality teaching as clearly evident in undergraduate student feedback and the outstanding support he gives to DPhil students, many of whom achieve the highest standards and subsequently publish papers as first authors in such top scientific journals as PNAS, Science and Nature.

Dr Paul Greig (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) - for his strong commitment to the development of simulation provision praised by final-year medical students from the University of Oxford and undergraduate nursing students from Oxford Brookes University for scenario realism, for the opportunity they offer to improve confidence in emergency management, team understanding, communication and situational awareness, and for providing insight into personal limitations.

Professor Quentin Sattentau (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) – for delivery of highly rated lectures and seminars to students in Pre-Clinical Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and for being instrumental (as the Chair of the FHS Course Committee) in the delivery of a radical revision to the FHS marking scheme as well as for facilitating other crucial changes to the course.


Associate Professor Helen Christian (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) - for being a key figure in the reorganisation of the second year Applied Physiology and Pharmacology course and for being an innovative and highly gifted teacher to first, second and third-year students following the Biomedical Sciences programme, who introduced interactive teaching session for the endocrinology course and has revived the placenta practical class.

Associate Professor Grant Churchill (Department of Pharmacology) - for outstanding commitment to teaching and providing a first class student experience and for going out of his way to organise extra teaching and find particularly interesting material that engages and inspires students.

Dr Kevin Coward (Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology) - for consistently outstanding teaching and sustained commitment to course design and development of novel methodologies for practical laboratory classes and for inspirational engagement with teaching and quality assurance activities at Divisional and University level.

Associate Professor Lynne Cox (Department of Biochemistry) – for being a remarkable educator, passionate, inspiring and stimulating, with an unparalleled commitment to ensuring that the subject she teaches is understood, and for investing a significant amount of time and a multitude of skills in many outreach activities amongst local primary and secondary schools and in engaging with the wider public education through science festivals, broadcasts, print and online media.

Dr Paul Dennis (Department of Pharmacology) – for being a highly committed educator who, as the Graduate-Entry Medicine Course Director, plays a critical role in this programme as well as for leading many of the very well received seminars in Pharmacology and being instrumental in the reorganisation of the Applied Physiology and Pharmacology course including setting up of new teaching in age-related medicine and critical care.

Associate Professor Paul Fairchild (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) - for consistently excellent teaching he provides as part of the Infection and Immunity Advanced Option offered to third-year Medical and Biomedical Sciences students. His enjoyment of teaching is reflected in the student feedback describing their learning experience as superior, lucid, intelligent, encouraging, engaging and interesting. He's an expert in making complex concepts clear and simple to understand.

Professor Robert Gilbert (Division of Structural Biology, Nuffield Department of Medicine) - for his contributions as a tutor in Biochemistry at Magdalen where his 'buzzing' tutorials promoting a positive atmosphere for learning resulted in significantly improved college examination results in this subject, and for playing an instrumental role in the revision of the Part II option in Advanced Structural Biology praised in student feedback for being interactive, organised, clear and interesting.

Professor Stephen Goodwin (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) - for developing novel teaching for both Prelims and Part I students following the Biomedical Sciences programme, which has been met with acclaim in student feedback sessions. The numbers selecting his Part I option have steadily grown, providing further indication of the high esteem in which his teaching is held by the students.

Dr Sarah Jenkinson (Department of Biochemistry) – for her sustained excellent teaching to Biochemistry students and for the time and skill she invested in creating a bespoke 12-lecture course as well as a 4-lecture revision course in Organic Chemistry specifically for Biochemistry students.

Dr Peter Judge (Department of Biochemistry) - for rejuvenating the mathematically challenging (and therefore rarely considered enjoyable) lectures in Advanced Thermodynamics. Thanks to the use of an innovative approach to student interaction the lectures are clear, comprehensible and engaging. This award is also acknowledging his contributions in developing two interactive workshops which aid student management of excessive workload and ease the transition between contrasting school and university teaching and learning styles.

Dr Joanna Miller (Department of Biochemistry)  - for high quality teaching resulting in consistently excellent student feedback and for playing a major role in developing and delivering an innovative, popular and highly successful Virology option offered to Biochemistry students.

Professor Chris Norbury (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) - for his consistently excellent teaching to third year Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students and for enthusiasm and exemplary commitment to supporting students and inspiring their confidence, which is repeatedly evident in their feedback.

Associate Professor Hemant Pandit (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences) - for the high level of teaching he provides in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences,  energy, warmth, infectious enthusiasm and going above and beyond to help them achieve their best. His engagement in outreach activities results in many being inspired to take up the orthopaedic specialty. 

Professor Matthew Rushworth (Department of Experimental Psychology) - for outstanding teaching of the 'Behaviour' thread to first-year students following the Biomedical Sciences Programme. His unique teaching approach gives superb results in the level of student engagement with a thread that would otherwise be considered much less accessible than others in Year 1.

Professor Jan Schnupp (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics)  - for enthusiastic teaching and great rapport with Biomedical Sciences students  in the Year 1 providing an excellent foundation on which students can build as the year progresses.

Associate Professor Pawel Swietach (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) – for contributing to the high quality of teaching in the FHS course by delivering outstanding lectures and seminars as a part of the Cardiac, Renal and Respiratory Biology Advanced Option for third-year Medicine and Biological Sciences students which are regularly praised for their clarity as well as the engaging, approachable, witty and cogent style.  

Dr Robert Wilkins (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) – for the sustained record of excellence and commitment to his teaching duties delivered to third-year Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students who repeatedly report on his unparalleled ability to make complex material engaging and easy to digest thanks to clarity of approach and attention to detail.

Professor Nicholas Yeung (Department of Experimental Psychology) - for delivering teaching to students reading for Biomedical Sciences characterised by tremendous enthusiasm for the subjects, thoughtful teaching style and approachability, and for being a committed contributor to this course since its inception.

Learning Support

Dr Sarah Norman (Department of Oncology) - for outstanding contributions in the area of student funding and funding applications within the Department of Oncology and excellent work in the continual development of the highly regarded Divisional Skills Training Programme.

Ms Vivien Shaw (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) – for going far beyond the expected duties (as the Mortuary Supervisor) by stepping in to teach third- year Medical students during the intensive Preclinical Anatomy course, as well as first and second-year students. She has also invested a significant amount of time and skill in preparation of an extensive number of prosections to aid student learning of some particularly difficult areas of anatomy. She is receiving a Learning Support Award in recognition for her considerable enthusiasm and diligence in performing these extra duties tirelessly.


Dr Benjamin Harris (St Anne’s) and Associate Professor David Harris (Department of Biochemistry) - to develop a free national online database of high-quality multiple choice questions (MCQs) for exam revision, a project that will build on foundations already laid at the University of Oxford and the University of Cardiff and which will aim to involve medical students in writing and reviewing questions in a five-stage process. It has potential to provide the bridge between collaborative learning and social media as well as to be expanded to all aspects of the medical curriculum.

Mrs Kirstie Vreede, Dr Damion Young and Professor Quentin Sattentau - to develop Weblearn with two aims in mind:

a)     to decrease the administrative burden of collating student feedback, and

b)    to increase the online return rates by prompting students to provide feedback when they attempt to access their course material for revision.

This enhancement to Weblearn has potential not only to benefit all courses within the Medical Sciences Division but also the wider University.

Mr Thomas Mawby (ENT, NHS), Miss Roba Khundar (Plastic Surgery, NHS) and Dr Denis O'Leary (Psychiatry, NHS)  - to improve the audio-visual output of clinical education by recording and uploading videos of the existing Surgical Grand Rounds and a series of Buchan Lectures to the Oxford University Podcast website. The project will undoubtedly inspire trainees not just locally but also internationally, while showcasing the University as a centre of clinical and educational excellence.

Congratulations to all of the awardees.