Dr Jo Brown, head of clinical communication in medical education at St George’s, has today (26 July 2012) been named a recipient of one of 55 National Teaching Fellowships – worth £10,000 – in recognition of her contribution to higher education.

National Teaching Fellowships, which are granted by the Higher Education Academy, recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning, and are awarded to academic staff across higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.


Dr Brown, who took up her first academic post in 1992 and has worked at St George’s since 2006, is a curriculum designer, an academic leader and an external examiner. She presents at conferences and writes books, articles and reviews for education journals. Her research centres on workplace learning and her focus for the future is the more authentic placement of clinical communication teaching and learning in the clinical environment.

Over the last ten years Dr Brown has developed a comprehensive academic support programme and is passionate about supporting medical students to learn effectively. During this time she has worked with more than 800 students to facilitate their progress through medical school.

The award winners were chosen from more than 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions. Each will receive an award of £10,000, which may be used for Fellows’ professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Successful nominees were backed by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Within her award submission Dr Brown was applauded her enthusiasm for her subject and one of her students, Zofran, said of her work:

“You truly inspire students to achieve their best and this can be seen by the effort you put into your teaching. Please keep doing what you are doing for students as it is truly appreciated.”

The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and is open to staff whose roles support the student learning experience at institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The new National Teaching Fellows will officially receive their awards at a ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 10 October 2012.