Exeter’s medical science and healthcare students recognise staff for excellence

Students in the University of Exeter’s Health Professions and Sciences Awards have awarded prizes to staff to thank them for their support.

As part of Exeter’s clinical programme annual prize-giving awards ceremony, students nominate teachers across a range of categories. The 20 nominations include University of Exeter staff, and NHS teams that have provided excellent and innovative teaching to students on placement.

Presented at St Mellion Golf Club last night, the award categories included inspirational teaching, the “shoulder donor” for supportive teaching, and the “helping hand”.

Medical Imaging student Dise Orkri described Gillian Phua, winner of the Medical Sciences Educational Inspirer, as a “wonderful teacher”, and said: “Dr Phua has an amazing energy when she is in the class room that makes her teaching sessions engaging and stimulating, and this is true even when she is teaching online!”

Neuroscience student Elsa Oakes said Professor Kate Ellacott was nominated for the Most Inspirational Teacher for the “unrelenting dedication she demonstrates in her teaching, and the care and approachability she exhibits towards students.”

The Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences students said Dr Maisha Reza, Lecturer in Biomedical Science, was nominated for Inspirational Teacher, saying:

“Dr Maisha is such a genuine person and makes the whole class feel included in the learning experiences on her module. She is clearly passionate about the topics she teaches and this has made us really listen and take on board what she is teaching us.”

They added that Professor Obi Ukoumune, Lecturer in Medical Statistics, was nominated as Educational Inspirer for his “Unique gift for making even the most complex and boring topics come to life and make sense. He genuinely cares about our learning and strives to set time aside to help us understand what he is teaching and to address all of our questions.”

Medicine student Tobi Akinlou said Professor Jurg Ehman, Lecturer in Medicine, was nominated for the subject’s most inspirational teacher because: “He always encourages us to keep on keeping on, he is so dedicated to building our confidence and supporting us to become competent doctors.”

Tobi also commended Professor Nick Davies, saying “Nick’s passion for surgery and education shines through. This enthusiasm inspires us to look beyond graduation and to our future as doctors, helping us figure out our next steps.”

Professor Ian Fussell, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Education at the University of Exeter’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, who hosted the event, said: “These staff prizes are incredibly heart-warming and valued by the winners, because they are voted for by students. Our staff are absolutely outstanding – they deliver a world-class education, while instilling qualities of empathy, compassion and life-long learning, by leading from the front. I’m incredibly proud of our entire community.”

The full list of staff winners is:

Most Inspirational Teacher Pre Clinical BMBS       Tim Harrower

Most Inspirational Teacher Clinical BMBS              Jurg Ehmann

Supporting Hand – Pre Clinical    Nick Davies

Educational Inspirer        Dr Jane Nash

Excellence and innovation in Clinical Teaching Team award for GP Practices – Exeter          Coleridge Medical Practice Exeter

Excellence and innovation in Clinical Teaching Team award for GP Practices – Truro            Sunnyside Truro

Excellence and innovation in Clinical Teaching Team award for Hospital teams – Exeter RD&E         ENT RD&E Exeter

Excellence and innovation in Clinical Teaching  Team award for Hospital teams – Truro RCHT          Haematology Truro

Medical Sciences Inspirational Teacher   Gillian Phua

Medical Sciences Supporting hand            Joanna Tarr

Medical Sciences Educational Inspirer     Siobhan O’Dwyer

SEMS Inspirational Teacher          Musarrat Maisha Reza

SEMS Supporting Hand Alex Clarke

SEMS Educational Inspirer            Obi Ukoumune

Neuroscience Most Inspriational Teacher              Kate Ellacott

Neuroscience Supporting Hand  Talitha Kerrigan

Neuroscience Educational Inspirer            Craig Beall

MI Inspirational Teacher               Ben Sherlock

MI Supporting Hand        Robyn Lane

MI Educational Inspirer Fiona Mellor

Best placement Hospital team    Derriford