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12 December 2019

Faculty staff recognised in GKT Teaching Excellence awards

The winners of the GKT Teaching Excellence Awards have been announced including three members of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

students in lecture room

The awards ceremony took place as part of the GKT School of Medical Education Annual Teaching and Learning Conference on 11 December in the Science Gallery, Guy’s Campus.  

Those nominated represent the very best in innovative and sustainable teaching for King’s MBBS students across the GKT network. Congratulations to all!

Teaching Excellence

The Breast Teaching Associate team were awarded the Teaching Excellence Award. 

Breast Teaching Associates are members of the public who have learnt how to teach breast examination, using themselves and each other as subjects, doing so in a holistic manner, including dealing with issues of dignity and consent.

the team were praised for teaching thorough and comprehensive examination techniques.

Their nominator, Dr Richard Phillips, said: “The Breast Teaching Associates teach in very small groups, often with just one or two students at a time. Students find the experience very powerful, and often it stands out in their memories.”

Stage 1 Teaching of the Year Award

Dr Monica Agromayor, School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences, has been recognised with an ‘Excellence in Teaching’ for Stage 1 Teaching of the Year award.

Monica was recognised by her peers for her dedication and high standards in supporting the education of GKT medical students, including working in tandem with the Digital Education Team to create e-learning online lessons.

Monica’s nominator Dr Stuart Knight said: “Monica has fulfilled her block lead role positively by writing additional questions and reviewing learning outcomes when asked. Monica has also revised and improved the online learning resources in response to comments from students. We now have a clearer picture of how to deliver e-learning: what works and what students want and like.”

Exceptional Contribution Award

Dr Derek Knight of the Centre for Education is the winner of the Exceptional Contribution Award.

Derek taught the ‘Supporting Life’ workshops for the last two years. These workshops combine clinical scenarios with the underlying basic science. Derek visited both the Cardiology and Kidney wards to learn more about the patient experience and the clinical environment to ensure he can run these workshops in the most effective way.

Professor Claire Sharpe, who nominated Derek, said: “Derek gets excellent feedback from the students and always goes above and beyond.  Many scientists have understandably been reluctant to teach clinical scenarios, but Derek has embraced it and as such has been a great role model for students and staff alike.”

Nominations were reviewed by the Faculty Development subcommittee selection panel, who chose the winners. In addition to receiving the award itself, a recipient of the awards will be invited present at next year’s conference.

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Monica Agromayor

Senior Lecturer