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Queen Mary academic recognised for outstanding impact on students

A leading higher education professional association, Advance HE, has awarded Dr Vicky Jolliffe from Queen Mary University of London a 2018 National Teaching Fellow award.

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The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Dr Vicky Jolliffe is a Consultant Dermatologist and Reader in Postgraduate Medical Education at the Blizard Institute, which is part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Innovative global e-learning programme

Dr Jolliffe was awarded the fellowship in recognition of her innovative training and teaching of dermatology. She designed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology to teach GPs the key elements of dermatology and enable them to provide optimum care for patients with skin disease.

Dr Jolliffe said: “I am thrilled and honoured to receive a National Teaching Fellowship Award in recognition of my contribution to our innovative global e-learning programme in Dermatology. This would have been impossible without the support of my wonderful team and colleagues at Queen Mary.

“Our blended on-line programme widens access for individuals who, through working or family commitments, disability or geographical location may otherwise have been unable to study.”

Flexible learning

Dr Jolliffe created online soundbite videos which students could watch after surgery or whilst cooking dinner. These comprised both patient and consultant interviews alongside audio tracks supporting the curriculum text. Students could listen whilst driving to visit patients, enabling them to study whilst working.

To combat potential isolation of distance-learning and to enhance student support, she blended e-learning with in-person clinical teaching days, involving dermatology patients and webinar clinical teaching.

Enhancing teaching

On gaining the award, Fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the Higher Education sector and further afield.

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said: “The award of a National Teaching Fellowship is an outstanding achievement and I know that the whole sector will join me in congratulating the 54 new NTFs.”

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Madeline Neeson
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Queen Mary University of London