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Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer receiver the award for Research Inspired Teaching

Medical School academic wins award for Research Inspired Teaching

A Senior Lecturer has won the University of Exeter Teaching Award following her nomination by students.

Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer, of the University of Exeter Medical School, received the award during the Teaching Awards 2019 evening ceremony on Tuesday 30th April.

Siobhan uses a variety of methods to integrate the latest research into her teaching, including workshops led by patients and lectures delivered by world-leading researchers. She also replaces traditional academic readings with Hollywood movies and books from the New York Times bestseller list, and draws on her own research to help students understand methods and ethics.

Siobhan said: “It is an honour to be recognised for combining my research and teaching in a way that students have found inspiring and engaging. But the real credit goes to my students, whose curiosity, dedication and creativity make it a pleasure to teach them about health research.”

Siobhan is the Pathway Lead for Health Research in the Medical Sciences Programme. She leads the ‘Introduction to Health Research’ and ‘Ethical Issues in Health Research’ modules, in addition to supervising final year students’ Research Projects. Her research interests include family care, ageing, and suicide, homicide and self-harm.

The annual Teaching Awards are an opportunity for students to recognise and celebrate the support provided by members of University staff. This year saw more than 1,000 nominations submitted by students.

Students are expected to nominate based on a member of staff’s exceptional teaching, and research and support, among other criteria.

Date: 3 May 2019

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