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Academic Unit: Medical Education

Making education happen: the Academic Unit for Medical Education provides a unique level of leadership and support for scientists and clinicians in the UK and abroad who teach students on our innovative programmes.

Academic Unit Overview


Learning environment

Experienced staff from a wide range of specialisms work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to develop an engaging, student-centred learning environment. Key to this are the students themselves, and in 2014, the team won an international ASPIRE award for excellence in student engagement.

Medical Education manages four undergraduate programmes designed to meet the needs of more than 1,200 medical students and prepare doctors for 21st Century healthcare in Europe.

Staff foster a learning culture that empowers individuals and encourages innovation and we are continually exploring opportunities for flexible education which adapts to the changing way people want to learn. Examples include the extensive use of Virtual Patients, interactive quizzes and video packages; comprehensive learning portals; and a series of online practicals which are used to 'flip' the classroom. We also offer a comprehensive suite of online staff development modules. 

Medical Education staff advise on national education policy, provide national and international consultancy and collaborate with community groups. Key external partners currently include the NHS, the Wessex Deanery, Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding, the International Malnutrition Task Force, the International Medical University Malaysia and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Academic Unit Groups

The Academic Unit comprises two main groups: the Medical Education Development Unit (MEDU) and the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences (CLAS). 

MEDU is based in the Life Sciences building on the Highfield campus and provides leadership for the curriculum themes, pastoral care, eLearning, curriculum development, staff development, medical humanities, and a number of subject and clinical specialities. 

CLAS is based in a purpose-built anatomical sciences facility at Southampton General Hospital and provides continuing professional education for many medical and healthcare professionals including surgeons and anaesthetists.

Key facts

The Medical Education Research Forum facilitates an ongoing discussion of the Academic Unit's education research and research methods and showcases new education initiatives.


Staff MemberPrimary Position
Pritti AggarwalPrimary Clinical Teaching Fellow
Lisa Marie BallardResearch Fellow
Scott BorderPrincipal Teaching Fellow in Anatomy
Norman CarrPrincipal Clinical Teaching Fellow
Tomasz CecotSenior Teaching Fellow
Ben ChadwickProgramme Leader of BM4 Programme
Sunhea ChoiGlobal eHealth Projects Lead
Jo CulpinSenior Tutor Team providing pastoral support to students in Years 3 & 4 as well as MMedSc
Sally CurtisPrinciple Teaching Fellow
Tessa DaviesPastoral Tutor Bm4 and BM 5 Years 1 and 2
Angela FenwickAssociate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education
Ian G GilesEmeritus Fellow
Faith HillEmeritus Professor in Medical Education
Sarah HughesFinal Year Pastoral Tutor (Part Time)
Martina JohnsonSenior Teaching Fellow – Faculty Development
Martina Johnson Senior Teaching Fellow – Faculty Development
Kathleen KendallAssociate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine
Siobhán LynchSenior Teaching Fellow
Ben MarshallConsultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine
Bruce McManusFaculty Assessment Analysis and Development Lead & BM Finals OSCE Coordinator
Marilyn MonkhouseFaculty Disability Coordinator
Karen NugentSenior Lecturer in Surgery
Andrew O'MalleyDeputy Director of the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences
Selma OmerSenior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education
David OwenPrincipal Clinical Teaching Fellow
Shelley ParrDirector of Undergraduate Programmes
Marcus ParryHead of the Academic Unit of Medical Education
Tim PattenCo-ordinator of Medicine in Practice Year 1 Course
Gavin PereiraMedicine in Practice Year 2 Course Coordinator
John PerryPrincipal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication
Clare PolackProgramme Leader BM(EU)
Susie Rebelo HopkinsSenior Teaching Fellow
Deborah RoseDirector of Primary Care Teaching
Jenny R SkidmoreDirector of the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences
Bhaskar K SomaniConsultant Urological Surgeon
Christopher StephensEmeritus Professor Medical Education
Anja TimmSenior Research Fellow in Education
Linda TurnerStudent Selected Unit Coordinator Years 1 and 2 BM5
Jane WilkinsonConsultant Respiratory Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer
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