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Immunology Teaching Excellence Award 2019 announced

Jo Pennock
Dr Joanne Pennock

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award is Dr Joanne Pennock, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester’s Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation.

Dr Pennock has been teaching immunology for over ten years and has set up two postgraduate immunology programmes: the Clinical Immunology pathway for the NHS Scientist Training Programme and the Clinical Immunology MSc. Dr Pennock also conducts research into host-pathogen interactions, currently supervising three PhD students and one postdoc.

Several colleagues at Manchester praised Joanne for her encouragement and support when it came to teaching. Iris Mair, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Lydia Becker Institute, said: “Prior to the first lecture, (Joanne) not only pointed me in the right direction for useful information, but she ensured that I felt comfortable with the preparation for the lecture and was happy to be a sounding board for my ideas regarding lecture content and structure.”

Joanne has also been the co-developer of a programme to ensure students understand the critical importance of engaging with patients to identify the impact of translational research. Lindsey Brown of the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education commented: “Dr Pennock has been a keen instigator and advocate of a comprehensive programme of activities to ensure the students develop the skills, attitude and understanding they need to embed patient and public involvement and engagement in their future practice.”

Feedback from the students that Dr Pennock teaches has also been excellent. One student noted: “Jo Pennock’s lectures were brilliant, fantastic speaker and really interesting content…nicely pitched at exactly the right level with great slides and resources.”

Another clinical student commented: “Great session to know the patient's experience. Good structure so the patient knows what to talk about… It was good to learn the day-to-day things to be considered when living with immunodeficiency… Personal and engaging,” with 100% of students saying they found the event enjoyable and informative, and agreed it should be repeated for the next cohort of students.

The judges were equally impressed noting in particular “outstanding feedback from a large number of students” and “very interesting curriculum development work around the involvement of patients”. It was clear to the judges that Joanne’s dedication and skill in teaching motivated and inspired many of her colleagues and students and that she is a deserved winner of this year’s award.

Everyone here at the BSI would like to congratulate Joanne on her achievement in winning the 2019 BSI Immunology Teaching Excellence Award. We would also like to thank the other nominees, all of whom demonstrated commitment, innovation and creativity in their teaching. Finally, thanks also go to our judges for their time and expertise in reviewing all the nominations. They had a tough task choosing just one winner due to the high calibre of all the nominees. Joanne will be awarded the prize during opening ceremony of the BSI Congress 2019 on Monday December 2 in ACC Liverpool.  



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