After being described by dental students as an ‘excellent teacher with the perfect balance of detail for our needs’, Dr Mark Greenwood has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Greenwood is Consultant/Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dentistry. He has a remit to develop the teaching of general medicine and surgery, pathology, pharmacology and microbiology.
He has integrated these disciplines into an innovative course of human disease and revolutionised this area of teaching gaining high levels of student attainment and satisfaction.
Dr Greenwood says: ‘It's great to have my teaching recognised by a National Teaching Fellowship. It is especially rewarding as the Fellowship scheme encompasses teaching across all academic disciplines.
’As an NHS surgeon, students get to see what I’m teaching is also what I practise. I’ve really been able to focus the training so that it’s highly relevant for students.’
Dr Greenwood is a great proponent of the non-threatening teaching environment – a break from the traditional perception of medical and dental education of the past. This is recognised by the students one of whom commented: ‘It never seems wrong to ask Mr Greenwood any question.’
This award makes Newcastle the only Dental School in the UK to have two national teaching fellowships.
Fifty fellowships were awarded this year, recognising excellence in teaching and learning. Each winner will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for their personal and professional development in teaching and learning.
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published on: 26th June 2008