Dr Paul Johns, senior lecturer in neuroanatomy at St George’s, has been shortlisted for the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award, which identifies the UK's leading bioscience higher education teachers.

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Also a consultant neuropathologist specialising in brain and spinal cord pathology for St George’s Hospital, Paul has a longstanding interest in learning and teaching, with more than fifteen years of experience in higher education.

Nominated by Paul Cater, Head of Anatomy at St George’s, Paul said: “I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious national award and delighted that initiatives like this exist to recognise and raise the profile of teaching.”

The Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award recognises the invaluable role teachers play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists.

Paul explained: “I enjoy all aspects of teaching, but perhaps the thing I like best is creating enthusiasm for neuroscience, which students often find intimidating at first.”

Paul is passionate and enthusiastic about education and has consistently received outstanding student feedback.

During his time at St George's, he has also been awarded several prizes for teaching excellence and innovation, including the 2017 Farquharson Award from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Paul said: “I think the most important thing is to have genuine enthusiasm for your subject and to make it interesting.

“If students enjoy what they are doing they will pay attention and remember.”

Having been shortlisted for the award in round one, Paul and the other finalists will prepare a written educational case study, give a 15-minute teaching presentation and be interviewed by the Royal Society of Biology judging panel for round two. 

The winner of the award will receive the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000 to spend as they wish, one year's subscription to an OUP journal of their choice, one year's free Membership of the Royal Society of Biology and a free place at the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Spring Meeting.