Leeds lecturer shortlisted for HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year

Dr Dave Lewis from the School of Biomedical Sciences has been shortlisted by the Society of Biology for the title of HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year.


Dr Lewis seeks to develop innovative, research-led teaching which is not normally found in the curriculum yet addresses a clear demand from employers, and to provide opportunities for students to develop key employability skills.  These include a Level 6 module which provides an education in in-vivo physiology and pharmacology, a suite of non-traditional final year research projects and the teaching of bioethics.

He actively involves his students as full partners in his curriculum development and pedagogical research activities through an educational research internships scheme he has developed.

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth CBiol CSci MSB, director of education and training at the Society of Biology said: “This year’s award yet again highlights the invaluable role played by teachers in Higher Education. The shortlisted individuals displayed a dedicated commitment to student learning through their outstanding, innovative and research-based teaching. Congratulations to the four finalists who each play such a vital role in inspiring and educating the next generation of biologists.”

For the final stage of judging, the finalists had to submit  a short case study which highlighted how they had enhanced bioscience student learning.  Dr Lewis’ case study described the extracurricular student partnership opportunities (educational internships, Pop-Up Sciences and a student-led ethics discussion group) he has developed.

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