School of Health Sciences

Pioneering health science lecturers win national teaching awards

Inspirational teachers at the University of Nottingham have been recognised by a prestigious national scheme.

Dr Richard Windle, Digital Learning Director, and a team led by Associate Professor Stacy Johnson, both in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, have been recognised by the UK Teaching Excellence Awards.

The awards are the most prestigious available to teachers in UK higher education and recognise excellent practice and outstanding achievement.

Dr Windle has been selected to receive a National Teaching Fellowship while Miss Johnson and her team, the European Junior Leadership Academy (EJLA) for Student Nurses and Midwives, has been selected as a winner for the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence – a first for the University.

Ever since his appointment as lecturer in Health Sciences Dr Windle has pioneered developing digital tools to aid learning and enthuse students.

His success was such that he progressed in a strategic direction – developing, deploying and evaluating digital learning within the curriculum.

Some of his most impactful work has been facilitating the creation of multimedia open resources drawn from expertise from practitioners, patients and carers. These resources have been adopted globally in more than 50 countries and by millions of users.

He joins the ranks of nine other Nottingham academics who hold Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowships.

Miss Johnson’s team works across four countries to develop, implement and evaluate a leadership programme for student nurses and midwives.

The University of Nottingham team consists of Stacy Johnson, Professor Carol Hall, Dr Ada Hui, students Gavin Hibberd-Smith and Sala Khulumula and from the HELM team, Professor Heather Wharrad, Kirstie Coolin, Lydia Jones, Michael Taylor, George Gadd and adminstrators Bethany York, Annu Verma and Mara Sprengel. The wider project team incudes staff from University of Maribor (Slovenia), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (Portugal). The project is funded by the Erasmus +, Strategic Partnerships scheme.

The 10-month academy identifies student nurses and midwives who demonstrate leadership aptitude in a variety of ways, develops their leadership identity, knowledge, skills and attitudes. It has established an active community of practice for when they are newly qualified nurses and midwives working across Europe.

Please see the press release for the full article.

Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018

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