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Immunology Teaching Excellence Award 2020 announced

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 British Society for Immunology Teaching Excellence Award is Dr Nigel Francis, an Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School.

Dr Nigel Francis

Dr Francis studied Pharmacology at the University of Bath before completing a PhD in immunology at the University of Birmingham. After a postdoctoral position at Cardiff University he started working at Swansea University, where he has helped establish immunology teaching across all years of their undergraduate programmes. 

Several colleagues at Swansea have praised Nigel for his innovation and engagement of students. Dr Ed Dudley, Associate Professor at the Swansea Medical School, said: "In lectures he regularly uses interactive quizzes to engage students with their learning and was one of the first members of staff in the department to start providing audio and video recordings of his lectures to students." 

Similarly, Thomas Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, said: "He brings his love of Complement research to the programme and specialises in innate immunity and pattern recognition. He has consistently excellent student feedback with his lectures being particularly well received." 

Nigel is the co-creator of the Immunology Wars online resource and website, a guide to the immune system through reference to the Star Wars series of films. This resource is available and accessible to all, but with an emphasis on introducing students to the fundamental basics of Immunology. The was developed after consultation with colleagues and with collaborating students. 

Feedback from students about Dr Francis' teaching has also been excellent. One student noted: "Dr Francis is a brilliant lecturer - his slides contain everything you want from full text to easy to follow diagrams."  Another student noted Nigel's attention to detail: "Of particular note is Dr Francis’ lectures in which it is evident that he put many, many hours into perfecting them so it would be easier for students to understand the finer complexities of the topics he taught."

Everyone here at the BSI would like to congratulate Nigel on his achievement in winning the 2020 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.


The calibre of nominees this year was exceptionally high and the BSI would also like to give a commendation to Dr Kathleen Nolan from the University of Manchester and Dr Audrey Teh from St. George's University of London. 

Dr Kathleen Nolan
Dr Kathleen Nolan is Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Programme Director of the BSc and MSci Immunology at the School of Biological Sciences at the University Manchester. 
Dr Audrey Teh

Dr Audrey Teh is Lecturer in Molecular Immunology at the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St. George's, University of London. 


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