'Excellence in higher education' was the theme of this year's annual St George's Education Day.

calendar-icon 9 November 2016

Jeevakan Subramaniam, one of the winners of the research poster competition

Opening the event, Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George's, reflected on the extraordinary amount she has learned from colleagues since joining St George's just over a year ago. She said, "I am so proud to be part of this organisation and of the people here. It sends a really positive message that so many people are committed to attending an event like this."

Education Day is an opportunity for teaching staff and students at St George's to share ideas and best practice, talk about the way our subjects are taught and the teaching methods used, and explore the ways we teach and learn healthcare science subjects.

A keynote address was given by Professor Dilly Fung, Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director at the UCL Centre for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She discussed the overlap between scholarship, education and research, noting that the UNESCO publication 'Rethinking Education' states that the purpose of good education is 'for the global common good', embodying a 'shared responsibility for a sustainable future' - descriptions that could apply equally to research.

Professor Fung went on to share the work underway at UCL to develop a 'connected curriculum' which aims to close the gap between education and research. The aims include giving all students opportunities to participate in research and to share their learning with an external audience, for example through creating blogs and videos.

After the morning break there were parallel sessions including a workshop on what should be done when students breach medical professionalism standards. Led by Dr Judith Ibison and Dr Nicoletta Fossati, the attendees looked at the range of sanctions available to discipline students and discussed several case scenarios. There was an emphasis on taking the circumstances of breaches of professionalism into account when deciding sanctions. The session also covered remediation theory and practice.

A panel of students discussed what makes for a successful lecture, with students praising lecturers who link the subject matter of the lecture to "their own research and experience".

In the last session of the day Professor Jane Saffell, Director of the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education, held an overview of the day, and awards for research posters were presented. Winners included a poster on teaching students how to catheterise, which had also been developed as an e-learning resource, and a poster on the design and evaluation of a video on how to examine Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.