Dr Jason Corner, HSC Lecturer in Nursing Sciences and MSc Mental Health Nursing course director, has been shortlisted for the National Educator of the Year Award by the Nursing Times for his highly innovative and inspiring teaching and support to students, including a 'Critical Incident Day' which takes the concept of simulation to an entirely new level. He was nominated by fellow lecturer Kirsty Henry, for "his innovative and inspiring teaching methods".
As well as developing a ‘Critical Incident Day’ to test the skills and resilience of staff and HSC students involved, Dr Corner’s “humble and friendly” approach, his openness in describing his own academic challenges, and his support in helping students overcome theirs, has led him to be described by a colleague as “a role model in demystifying academia.”
Dr Corner (middle) with HSC students
Having recently completed his PhD, Dr Corner is in a prime position to translate the importance of evidence-based care into the student journey, inspiring students to confront research in a positive and comprehensive manner. In addition to supporting final-year students through their capstone projects, he is actively working with research leads to simplify research terminology and processes much earlier in student journeys.
Alongside being an inspiration in the classroom, Dr Corner regularly competes in fundraising and awareness raising activities that stretch his physical capability to the limit. In the past year, his activities have included; competing in the London Marathon to support the National Autistic Society, cycling 210 miles for East Anglian Children's Hospice, and walking 306 laps around the UEA lake over a twenty-four-hour period to raise awareness of International Men's Day, where he was joined across the day by students and colleagues.
Kirsty Henry, Lecturer in Nursing Sciences (Learning Disabilities), said:
"Jason is a truly inspirational lecturer, who always places his students at the heart of his teaching. He is imaginative in his creation of engaging learning activities, he is kind and responsive to student needs, and he is supportive of his lecturing colleagues. Jason is both physically active and research active, often combining both to raise awareness and much needed funding to support research campaigns locally and nationally, enthusing students and colleagues along the way."