Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Student-Led Teaching Awards are back to recognise outstanding members of learning and support staff. After a challenging year for everyone, we’re celebrating our worthy nominees by shouting about their successes across our digital platforms.
What is your full name?
What is your job title?
What school or service do you work in?
Clinical Sciences Teaching Organisation
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your role.
In over two decades of my career, I have engaged in, and supported education, learning, training, research and development in higher education in the UK and overseas, and have continued to expand my knowledge and experience in Medical Sciences and Pharmacology. I was a Post-doctoral Research fellow for about a decade at the Centre for Integrative Physiology (Now Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) at University of Edinburgh.
I was a Lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Nursing and Women’s Health, Birmingham City University; Honorary Research Associate, at the School of Bio-sciences, University of Birmingham; Associate Research Fellow, at the School of Chemical Sciences & Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
I am a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the IBMS & the Higher Education Academy, and an online mentor of third world Postgraduate students appointed by the Biochemical Society (Scientific global mentoring bonds).
In Aug 2018, I joined the Department of Clinical Surgery as the Lead for the Edinburgh Surgery Online global outreach strategy and the Academic Lead for the ChM General Surgery programme, to support the Online Masters programmes at the University of Edinburgh. I also coordinate and tutor the Academic Surgery class on the B.Med. Sci. programme at the University of Edinburgh and engage in supervision of post-graduate research projects, and double as a personal tutor for students at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
What does it mean to you to have been nominated for a Teaching Award this year?
It is amazing to be nominated, but not surprising as I have always contributed my quota to supporting the success of every student that cross my path. Without any doubt, this nomination will motivate me to do more.
What’s your favourite part of your role and working with students?
Supporting, mentoring and role modelling for my students.
How have you adapted your approach to teaching and supporting students under the Hybrid Model this year?
The transition to the hybrid Model and remote working has greatly improved my technological knowledge and understanding, and taught me the importance of flexibility.
What’s been the biggest challenge in your role this year?
Understanding and meeting students’ holistic needs, remotely.
What would you say to the student(s) who nominated you, or students who are considering submitting a nomination for a staff member who has had an impact on them?
Many thanks for your recognising my help and support for you, and nominating me. You have motivated me to do more.
To find out more about the Teaching Awards and browse nomination categories, please visit the Students’ Association’s website.