Teaching prize for Leeds lecturer

Dr Dave Lewis, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded the Physiological Society's Otto Hutter Physiology Teaching Prize for 2013.

The prize was awarded in recognition of Dr Lewis’s excellence in physiology teaching, specifically the introduction of an in-vivo techniques module, a suite of alternative (non-laboratory based) final year research projects, the teaching of bioethics and educational research internships.

Professor Paul Millner, said: “We’d like to congratulate Dave on his award. All of these interventions aim to make our programmes distinctive and provide an exceptional educational experience for students and enhance the employability of our graduates.”

The feedback from students has also been positive. One student commented: “Dr Lewis’s module was the best module I have attended at Leeds so far because it was unique, challenging and each element of the course forced you to think and act like a scientist as opposed to a student.”

Dr Lewis has also raised the profile of physiology teaching, nationally and internationally, as Chair of the University of Leeds Biosciences Educational Research Group, Co-convenor of the Physiological Society’s Education & Teaching theme, his work with the Society of Biology, the HEA and in developing in-vivo education internationally.

The award also recognises  Dr Lewis’s substantial public engagement activities to promote physiology to the wider community and, in particular, to hard-to-reach groups that have limited prior engagement with science.

Dr Lewis has already won a number of awards for teaching excellence including a University Teaching Fellowship and the British Pharmacological Society’s 2012 Rang Teaching Prize in Basic Pharmacology.

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