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Immunology Teaching Excellence Award 2021

Each year, the British Society for Immunology's Immunology Teaching Excellence Award is presented to an exceptional immunology teacher working in a higher education institute in the UK. Through this award, we hope to raise the profile and recognition that immunology teaching receives in UK higher research institutes.

We want to hear about the outstanding immunology educators teaching immunology at undergraduate or postgraduate level, up to the level of teaching first year PhD students. We hope that nominees will be excellent communicators with the ability to inspire the younger generation of immunologists.

If you know of anyone who fits this description or feel that you possess the qualities mentioned above, we'd like to hear from you.

Nominations can be made for colleagues, teachers or via self-nomination. Students or colleagues can nominate someone for the award. 

Nominations can be made through downloading and completing the nomination form below and submitting it to our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy.

Download Nomination Form (Word)

Download Nomination Form (PDF)


The winner will receive:

  • £500 
  • free BSI membership for a year
  • free registration to the next BSI Congress 

The winner will also be awarded the prize, along with a certificate.


  • Nominees need to be BSI members at the time of nomination and awarding
  • Nominees must be current immunology teachers in the higher education sector at a UK institution, teaching undergraduate, master’s or first year PhD students
  • Incomplete application will be rejected
  • Late applications will not be considered

Download Nomination Form (Word)

Download Nomination Form (PDF)

Guidelines and data protection

If you are nominating someone other than yourself, the BSI will contact the nominee within 30 days of the nomination being received to obtain consent from them to hold their personal information. If we do not receive consent from the nominee within this 30-day period, we will be unable to hold their personal information and we will not be able to process the application further.

If you are self-nominating, by applying you give us consent to hold the personal information provided in the form below in relation to processing your nomination for the Immunology Teaching Excellence Award. 

All personal data will be held in accordance with our privacy policy and data protection policy


2021 Award

The winner of the 2021 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award is Dr Nicholas Barnes, Lecturer in Healthcare Science at the University of Manchester. 













2020 Award

The winner of the 2020 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award is Dr Nigel Francis, Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School. 

More information on Dr Nigel Francis and his work can be found here

2019 Award

The winner of the 2019 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award was Dr Joanne Pennock, Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester’s Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation.

More information on Dr Pennock and her work can be found here.

Jo Pennock

2018 Award

The winner of the 2018 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award was Dr Jenna Macciochi, Teaching Fellow in Immunology at the University of Sussex.

More information on the 2018 winner can be found here

2017 Award

The winner of the 2017 Immunology Teaching Excellence Award was Dr Andrew Foey from Plymouth University.

More information on the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award can be found here.







If you require any further information or guidance about the Immunology Teaching Excellence Award, please contact Eolan Healy.