Date: 20th Dec 2016
'Teaching excellence' has been recognised after Dr Sharon Edwards was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
The Buckinghamshire New University senior lecturer in Pre-Qualifying Nursing, based at the Uxbridge Campus, had to show evidence in three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.
Sharon, who has taught at the university for 11 years, believes student learning is a collaboration and supports learning by using students' own stories of clinical practice.
She said: "When students engage in their own stories they begin to learn how to develop their own voice, giving them an opportunity to speak in their own words, the language of practice."
In addition, Sharon uses 'live' skills simulation which incorporates 'moulage', the specialism of applying mock, and often gorily but realistic, injuries for training purposes.Bucks New University is the only UK university to combine moulage with 'live' and state-of-the-art simulation laboratories equipped with manikins as 'patients', which can be programmed to recreate real-life medical situations.
It was this work which won a team of lecturers the Guardian Education award in Teaching Excellence. Sharon was also a finalist for the Student Nursing Times 'Educator of the year' award and nominated for a Students' Union award for 'Excellence and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Practice'.
Sharon says she's not afraid to try and develop something new, such as her involvement in implementing 'live' simulation with actors, self and peer-assessment, capstone assessment (the use of one simulation as a formative assessment for two modules), and video.
Sharon said: "I have spent a lot of my working life in practice, I love it and want students to love it, to understand it as much and as I do, and strive to become better at it than me. The University believes that applied, skills-based learning best prepares students for the world of work in their chosen profession."
Dean of Faculty of Society & Health Sue West said: "I was absolutely delighted to hear that Sharon had been awarded a National Teaching Fellow, although it came as no surprise given her passion to improve the delivery of care to patients, through the enhancement of the quality of learning for our student nurses."
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.
Professor Marshall, Higher Education Academy Chief Executive, said: "Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience. All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice which we can share around the sector. It's also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own work, individually and as teams - what are we getting right, what can we learn, and what could we do better?"
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