Teaching award scooped by medical school

The three ASPIRE awards won by the Institute for Medical Education at the University of Leeds

The three ASPIRE awards won by the Leeds Institute for Medical Education at the University of Leeds

A PRESTIGIOUS award that recognises international excellence in teaching and learning has been scooped for the third time by the Leeds Institute for Medical Education.

The School is now one of only two medical schools internationally, along with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, in the US, to have been awarded three ASPIRE awards.

Outstanding education

It received the latest – the ASPIRE to EXCELLENCE award – from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) for its outstanding performance in the area of social accountability.

It follows two previous awards won by the school, when it was given ASPIRE awards for assessment and student engagement in 2014 and 2015.

Professor Paul Stewart, Faculty Dean of Medicine & Health, says: “I am proud to be Dean of a Medical School that prides itself in delivering outstanding education to capacity build tomorrow’s NHS.

“Key platforms of our programme include digital delivery of the MB ChB curriculum, our assessment procedures and practice and social accountability by involving an outstanding team of patients, carers and support workers in the student’s learning journey.

“Each of these platforms has now been recognised externally at the highest level through the ASPIRE award programme. I commend the team led by Shelley Fielden for the last award and the Association for Medical Education in Europe for the award.”

Social accountability

The ASPIRE award scheme recognises international excellence in medical, dental and veterinary schools. The aim is to promote outstanding performance and excellence in schools in terms of their mission and teaching and learning programme, taking into account the challenges and contexts in which a school is operating.

The programme has as International Board of distinguished leaders in medical education as members and is supported by AMEE, working with other organisations with an interest in medical education.

AMEE acknowledged that the School had a long standing commitment to social accountability and that this activity formed a key part of the School’s culture and identity.

The organisation also commended the school’s significant stakeholder involvement including its NHS partners, patients and carers and third sector organisations. As well as its successful widening participation strategy and the diverse local and international placement learning opportunities.