Exceptional Hull York Medical School teaching celebrated at glittering awards night

27 April 2018
Hull York Medical School Teaching Excellence Awards

Guests came together to celebrate the exceptional medical education and support provided to Hull York Medical School's Medicine and Physician Associate students

More than 150 guests came together on the evening of 18 April to celebrate the exceptional medical education and support provided to Hull York Medical School MB BS undergraduates and Physician Associate students, at the school’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards.

The glittering event, which saw prizes awarded in six categories, was attended by primary and secondary care tutors and senior representatives from each of the School’s NHS Trust and University partners, as well as clinical skills and problem-based learning (PBL) tutors, support staff, student liaison teams and students.

The student-led Teaching Excellence Awards provide an opportunity for students on the Medicine and Physician Associate programmes to honour those tutors and support staff who have gone the extra mile to support them in their studies, on clinical placement or in PBL sessions, as well as in a pastoral or extra-curricular capacity.

Presenting duties were undertaken by a mixture of Phase I, II and III MB BS students and first and second year Physician Associate students, who were given the opportunity to share some of the comments about winners, submitted as part of the nominations process.

For Emmily Nonas, fourth year Medicine student and Chair of the Student Staff Committee, the event provided an opportunity to reflect on her experiences as a student before she embarks on her final year at Hull York Medical School. Speaking to guests on the night, she said: ‘During my time here, I have had the opportunity to be taught by inspirational teachers, who have equipped me with the confidence, knowledge and communication skills that I know will help me succeed in the working world.

‘The close-knit culture at Hull York Medical School enables students to interact and draw on the expertise of many health professionals, each of whom fosters an open learning environment, and instils within us the firm knowledge that there is no such thing as a silly question. Every student here will have their own list of tutors who have inspired them to succeed, whether that’s through their hands-on approach to teaching, investment of their own free time, or simply their passion for their area of expertise.

‘I want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to all the members of teaching and support staff for making our time here so memorable, and for preparing us to take the next steps in our medical careers.’

Welcoming guests to the event, Dean of Hull York Medical School Professor Una Macleod said: ‘The awards recognise the commitment of our tutors to providing not just medical education, but exceptional medical education. This is what makes us a different kind of medical school: our students don’t just become doctors and PAs, they become brilliant doctors and PAs, fully equipped with the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing NHS.’

Winners of the Teaching Excellence Awards

Phase I Teacher of Excellence
Dr Kathryn Hammersley
Dr Nicholas Sykes

Phase II & III Teacher of Excellence
Professor Andrew Clark
Dr Timothy Bruning
Dr Tolu Adedipe
Dr Uzma Khan
Dr Yang Bong Lee
Mr Konstantinos Lasithiotakis
Dr Emma Falconer

Physician Associate Teacher of Excellence
Mr Anthony Mekako
Dr Georgina Wildgoose 

Administrative Support Award
Jayne Callan
Diane Day
Jeanette Clews and Ed McCormack 

Team Excellence
Snaith & Rawcliffe Medical Group
Stillington Surgery
Scunthorpe Student Liaison Office Team
South Holderness Medical Practice, Withernsea 

Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience
Mr George Spink
Dr Alan Gopal
Sarah Cox and Janet Tasker
Dr Heidi Baseler
Dr Bill Laughey