Pandemic-adapted placement learning model helps Associate Professor land highest teaching award

Published by  Communications

On 5th Aug 2021

Dr Lisa Taylor

UEA’s Dr Lisa Taylor has reached the pinnacle of the Higher Education teaching profession, having been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).

Lisa’s relationship with the University spans almost three decades, having commenced her BSc (hons) in Occupational Therapy in 1992 before going on to complete a Master’s and PhD at the University whilst working as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, before becoming a UEA lecturer in 2011. Alongside her lecturer roles, Lisa has held leadership roles as Employability Director in the School of Health Sciences, and then more recently as Associate Dean for Employability in the Faculty of Medicine.

“I work part-time and balance my career with family responsibilities. The University has always given me flexibility and opportunities within my work that’s allowed me to develop in my roles. Working part-time doesn’t have to stop you progressing. Having worked in employability leadership for almost ten years alongside my lecturing roles and responsibilities, I am particularly pleased that my employability leadership work within Higher Education is being recognised nationally.” 

Lisa’s National Teaching Fellowship was awarded based on her higher education experience to date, including numerous employability initiatives that she has led, to support student learning. One example of these is an online placement model (Peer Enhanced e-Placement – PEEP) that provided Health Sciences students with a practice-based learning experience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The feedback we’ve had from multiple placement teams who have implemented a PEEP has been overwhelmingly positive, especially around the peer learning side of things and the scope it provides for professional reasoning. It gives students the opportunity to stop and reflect and consolidate their learning, which isn’t always possible in busy clinical environments.”

The entirely online model has proved so successful that that it has been rolled out to multiple health and social care professional groups across the globe, as well as receiving professional validation from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. It was also selected as a finalist in the recent UEA Innovation and Impact awards.

Lisa said: “I am thrilled to be receiving this award, to have all of my experience to date validated at a National Level is fantastic.”

Prof Kay Yeoman, who leads the UEA NTF programme added: "Lisa's achievement is amazing, and has lifted the morale of everyone in the team. To win this award in such difficult times is testament to her outstanding contribution to her discipline over many years. We are very proud.”

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