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SUSU Academic Award Winners in Primary Care, Population Sciences & Medical Education

Published: 29 April 2020
SUSU Academic Awards 2020
SUSU Academic Awards 2020

The SUSU Academic Awards are an annual celebration of the efforts and contributions of both staff and students in building, maintaining and improving the student experience.

Although it was not possible to hold the usual award ceremony this year, a virtual ceremony was held, featuring a welcome address from Professor Alex Neill, Vice-President (Education).  

There were a number of Faculty of Medicine winners from within Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, including Professor Sally Curtis (Best Pastoral Support), Dr Ian Jenkins (Best Academic Support) and Mr John Perry (Most Engaging Lecturer).  In addition, Dr Caroline Childs, Dr Penelope Nestel and Dr Stuart Morton were all highly commended.  The full citations can be found below.

In the student categories:

  • Raymond Effah, Medicine Faculty Officer received the Best Consultation award. 
  • Anne Modwen Ehle, Year 2 BM (EU) Medicine Course Representative & Leah Crabtree, Year 2 BM4 Medicine Course Representative jointly received the award for Best Impact.
  • Jodie Ackland, Medicine PGR Representative received the award for Best Contribution to the Faculty.

Hearty congratulations to all of the winners, those who were highly commended and all of the nominees.  Well done!


Full Citations:

Best Pastoral Support

Winner: Professor Sally Curtis, Professorial Fellow

Sally has been praised for her work in setting up the Medics EDI group which provides a sense of community and helps students deal with any issues that arise.  She has also launched an innovative project on reverse mentorship, allowing students to mentor senior clinicians about their backgrounds and difficulties they face.

Highly Commended: Dr Caroline Childs, Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences 

Best Academic Support

Winner: Dr Ian Jenkins, Teaching Fellow in Anatomy

Ian has gone above and beyond to help with everything in Anatomy, he has been praised for his consistent dedication and approachable manner. One nominator wrote:  ‘He seems to genuinely care about his subject and our knowledge of it, both in lectures and teaching sessions, and out of them.’

Highly Commended: Dr Penelope Nestel, Principal Teaching Fellow 

Most Engaging Lecturer

Winner: John Perry, Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication

John has been described as ‘an absolute favourite among students across the entire course.’ He runs engaging and instructive lectures as well as offering unjudgmental and individualised support for those that need it.

Highly Commended: Dr Stuart Morton, Senior Teaching Fellow in Anatomy 

Best Consultation: Raymond Effah, Medicine Faculty Officer

Raymond has been described as a ‘really engaged’ student officer for the Students’ Union’. He has worked hard to support Medics on placement and has worked alongside University members of staff, MedSoc, and VP Education and Democracy to make sure students’ academic interests are well represented. 

Best Impact: Anne Modwen Ehle, Year 2 BM (EU) Medicine Course Representative & Leah Crabtree, Year 2 BM4 Medicine Course Representative

Anne is very dedicated, emotionally engaged and always there for peer students. She spends a lot of her free time in focus groups and appointments with lecturers to ensure that students’ concerns are addressed at the right stage. Finally, she has managed to establish great communication to the faculty.

Leah has consistently attended meetings to represent the views of her entire cohort. She successfully liaised with her Faculty to make positive changes to learning and teaching and organised events and teaching sessions for her peers.

Best Contribution to the Faculty: Jodie Ackland, Medicine PGR Representative

Jodie played a key role in the setup and organisation of Student Innovation & Networking Series, which provided a wonderful opportunity for PGRs to present their past or current research alongside their hobbies outside of academia. As this was a session run by PGRs for PGRs it was a safe environment for PGRs to practise presenting their work.



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