University lecturer wins £50,000 for exceptional teaching.

The outstanding teaching ability of an expert at the University of Sheffield has won him national recognition and an award worth £50,000. Dr Nigel Bax, Director of Teaching at the University's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has won a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) as recognition for his ability to influence and inspire students, staff and the teaching profession as a whole.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, set up by the Higher Education Funding council for England (HEFCE), is part of a drive to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. The scheme is open to all higher education institutions in the UK and each is asked to nominate one member of staff who has excelled in teaching. This year there were 81 nominations for 20 awards.

Dr. Bax's prize will fund a scheme to recruit volunteer patients who will be taught to educate and assess healthcare students. He will also be forming a Patients' Council, which will allow the University to take patients' views into account when developing the curriculum for healthcare students.

Dr. Bax says, "I am delighted to receive this award, which reflects the high quality of the teaching of medical students by, and of, their teachers. The prize will fund a very exciting project. We will be working with patients to train them to both educate and assess medical students, which will give our students a unique insight into the way their clinical practice affects the patient experience."

For further information: Please contact Jeanette Newcombe on 0114 2221032 or email mediateam@sheffield.ac.uk.