Celebrating our academics: National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2019

Our academic staff have again been recognised in the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2019

Andrew Sturrock, Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy, has become our latest National Teaching Fellow.

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Andrew Sturrock, National Teaching Fellow 2019

Throughout his time at the University of Sunderland and indeed in Higher Education, Andrew Sturrock has successfully driven improvements to the student experience. Under his leadership the University’s Master in Pharmacy (MPharm) programme has been wholly transformed, both in terms of student success, learning and teaching approaches and assessment.

Andrew’s improvements have made a positive difference to student satisfaction and overall performance. In the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Registration Assessment results 95% of University of Sunderland students achieved registration at first attempt, 15% higher than the national average. This result is testimony to Andrew’s transformational approach to teaching and the supportive work he and his team have undertaken in preparing students to become qualified pharmacists.

The University of Sunderland’s Pharmacy programme was first established in 1921, making it one of the longest-running programmes – and it’s been at the cutting-edge of Pharmacy education throughout that time.

Professor Michael Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, commented: “By linking his research with teaching, Andrew has spearheaded innovative inter-professional education that moves well beyond the traditional ways that allied health professions work alongside one another. Andrew’s research interests are embedded in teaching and provide authentic, experiential learning for students, through simulation, inter-professional learning or working directly with patients.

“Andrew’s work on curriculum transformation and the development of pedagogical approaches has had a significant impact on the student experience, outcomes and employability not only at the University of Sunderland but also in other institutions. He retains a strong focus on leading and developing other academic staff from the University of Sunderland and beyond. Andrew has undertaken the role of tutor to those working as part of the Academic / Community Pharmacy Pre-registration year, acting as a mentor to potential future generations of academics to ensure student success and employment.”

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