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Outstanding impact in teaching recognised in national award

Professor Maralyn Druce from Queen Mary University of London has been announced as a new National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE today.

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Professor Maralyn Druce
Professor Maralyn Druce

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. On gaining the award, fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the higher education sector and further afield.

Maralyn Druce is Professor of Endocrine Medicine at Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, where she developed, leads and teaches on Masters courses in Endocrinology - the study of hormones and hormone systems. She is also Deputy Dean for Education (Postgraduate Taught Programmes) and Head of Governance for the Undergraduate Medicine and Dentistry programmes at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary.

Endocrinology is central to medicine and Professor Druce is passionate about ensuring that the subject is well-represented in curricula and is well-taught and accessible. Much of her working week is spent looking after patients with complex endocrine problems and she combines this with teaching, encouraging students to apply evidence to everyday clinical problem-solving. Her e-learning programme was the first of its kind in the UK, covering the full endocrinology curriculum for medical trainees. She has also contributed to and led on national teaching initiatives in this area.

Making a positive impact on the student experience

On receiving the fellowship, Professor Druce said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive a National Teaching Fellowship Award in recognition of my contribution to teaching in Endocrinology. This would have been impossible without the support of my wonderful colleagues and collaborators at the William Harvey Research Institute, the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Barts Health NHS Trust.”

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all our 2019 winners of these national awards. Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is a huge achievement. It can be truly life-changing. Creating ambassadors for innovative and impactful teaching who are valued by institutions and colleagues, and who can set in motion change and enhancements to make a really positive impact on student experience and outcomes across their institution and beyond.”

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