A cutting-edge veterinary education pioneer who helped The University of Nottingham come top of the veterinary schools’ National Student Survey for student satisfaction for the past six years has been recognised for her work.

Associate professor of veterinary education Liz Mossop joins the ranks of eight other Nottingham academics who hold Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowships – the most prestigious award available to teachers in UK higher education.

Outstanding achievement

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Liz Mossop (left) with fourth-year veterinary medicine students Simon Patchett and Rosanna Kirkwood, and Twig the springer spaniel.

The award celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning, and reflects the achievements of Dr Mossop in her role in developing the popular and innovative veterinary education programme at Nottingham.

As sub-dean for teaching, learning and assessment at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Dr Mossop has a remit to lead undergraduate teaching, but also pioneers cutting-edge research into veterinary education – its design, delivery and the assessment of veterinary students.

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. The inspiring and supportive environment at The University of Nottingham has facilitated many of my innovative approaches to veterinary education, which would not be possible without a collaborative approach both within my own school and further afield.

“My own experiences as a practitioner have strongly influenced my curriculum development work – especially in professional skills – and I hope opportunities such as the business game and communication skills teaching have helped students to navigate a smoother transition to practice life.”

‘Inspirational work’

Dean of The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Gary England said: “This award is a huge accolade for Liz and is very well-deserved. Her inspirational work here is part of the wider achievement across the school that has forged the best possible veterinary education – innovative and adapted to the changing professional landscape.

“Our top position since 2011 in the National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction at UK vet schools is testament to the outstanding abilities of the staff who teach here.”

Dr Mossop will receive her National Teaching Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy Awards ceremony in London on 25 January 2017.

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