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Medicine achieves ASPIRE Award of Excellence in Student Engagement

Published: 27 June 2014

The Faculty of Medicine has been successful in achieving an international 2014 ASPIRE Award of Excellence in Student Engagement.

The rigorous application process, which took several months to complete, was led by Shelley Parr, BM4 Programme Leader, ably assisted by Linda Turner, Kathy Kendall, June Abay and Alex Oldman. All five will be travelling to the AMEE Conference in Milan in September where they will be officially presented with the award.

Chris Stephens, Associate Dean for Education said: "Huge congratulations to everyone involved in the process, both to those who wrote the application, and those who helped collate the information".

The ASPIRE program for student engagement utilizes peer reviewers from around the world who have distinguished themselves for their experience and understanding of student engagement. Each application is sent to three independent panellists who review a school's application and separately record their observations.

Peer reviewers were very impressed with the thoughtful and thorough preparation of the Southampton application and although they worked hard to identify areas that the school might consider working on to further enhance student engagement, their main message was that we should take every opportunity possible to share our practices with others.

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