University Pair Win Teaching Fellowships

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University Pair Win Teaching Fellowships


A CLINICAL academic and a qualified nurse have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to student learning.

Cardiff University's Sheila Oliver and Jane Thomas, of Swansea University, have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their excellence in teaching and support.

Mrs Oliver is director of assessment and feedback and a specialist in oral surgery at Cardiff University's School of Dentistry.

Her career has included specialist practise in oral surgery and special care dentistry and the provision of internationally recognised dental education.

Supporting students beginning their dental course through to graduation and into postgraduate life, she has been focused on emphasising holistic patient care using a range of teaching methods including clinical simulation. In her role as assessment director, Mrs Oliver's work has included the development of assessment and feedback strategies and the piloting of electronic marking and feedback for written assignments. As a founder member of the Dental Education Unit within Cardiff, she has developed teaching modules to facilitate the development of vocational trainers across the country.

She said: "Personally, I'm delighted that my commitment to learning and teaching has been recognised at a national level.

"I'm also pleased that the school's commitment to excellence within this field has been acknowledged."

Professor Jonathan Osmond, Cardiff's pro vice-chancellor for education and students, said: "Sheila has established a model of dental education that brings professional practice directly into the curriculum, consistently setting the standard for key areas of contemporary dental education criteria.

"She clearly demonstrates a real passion for transforming the student experience and it is only right that she is recognised with this prestigious award.

"I'd like to offer the university's congratulations on this accolade. …

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