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Health's Got Talent 2019 event rewards educational excellence

School of Health Sciences event demonstrates excellence and innovation in teaching

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

The School of Health Sciences held its seventh annual 'Health’s Got Talent' event last week to promote excellence in education within the School, with an emphasis on student support and satisfaction.

Staff were asked to submit a project or innovation that they thought was worthy of recognition. Presenting their idea to an audience of their peers from across the School, a panel of judges chose the most innovative project.

Standing out in a high-quality field, the winning project (Gold Award) was created by:

Dr Peter Campbell, Dr Byki Huntjens, Student Development Manager, Ben Butler and Daniel Chung (3rd year Optometry student), with their project entitled: ‘Optometry Personal Development Programme (PDP) Module: encouraging students to get the job they want’.

Professor Rachael-Anne Knight with Gold Award winning team members Dr Peter Campbell, Dan Chung and Dr Byki Huntjens

The second placed initiative was with the following presentation receiving a silver award:

Dr Rakhee Shah, Dr Irene Ctori and Focus Group Students, with their project entitled: ‘Can service users enhance our provision of student feedback? – The students’ perspective’.

Third place was tied this year between three projects, with the following project teams receiving bronze awards:

Dr Irene Ctori and Dr Sophie Willis’ project entitled:  'Understanding issues around supporting and promoting success for students from non-traditional routes: the transition from foundation to BSc’.

Julie Attenborough and Lucy Myers’ project entitled: ' "I thought that they were just people that said you need glasses, or you don’t":  Inter-professional Learning pilot within the School of Health Sciences'.

Gill Harrison, Allison Harris and Anise Bullimore’s project entitled, ‘What impact does talking to “experts by experience” have on students’ empathy scores?’.

Dr Sophie Willis and Dr Irene Ctori discussing their project

The other projects also received a high commendation, including:

The project from Gill Harrison, Dr Tamsin Callaghan, and others with the Learning and Development (LEaD) Team entitled, ‘Developing a Formative Assessment Toolkit’.

Ellinor Olander and Judy Brook’s project entitled: ‘"I didn’t know they did so much": Supporting midwifery students to work collaboratively with health visitors'.

The People’s Choice Award, a category in its second year, was also won by the ‘Optometry Personal Development Programme (PDP) Module: encouraging students to get the job they want’ project team.

The 'Excellence in working with Service Users and Carers Award' was won by the ‘What impact does talking to “experts by experience” have on students’ empathy scores?’ project team.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Rachael-Anne Knight, Associate Dean for Education Excellence and Innovation, and organiser of the event, said:

Health's Got Talent 2019 really demonstrated what a fantastic range of talent we have in the School of Health Sciences, with a strong theme of interdisciplinary collaboration between staff, students and service users evident this year.

We innovate in this School like nowhere else, and all entrants demonstrated exciting and worthwhile projects with enormous impact on our students and courses. This event showcases healthcare education at its very best with staff using the most up-to-date and imaginative methods in education.

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