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Jackie Brearley winner of a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching

last modified Jun 29, 2017 01:34 PM
Jackie Brearley winner of a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching

Jackie demonstrating the 'haptic cow' in the clinical skills lab

We are delighted to report that Dr Jackie Brearley has been honoured with a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching, one of only 13 academics from the University to receive such an award. 

Jackie ’s overarching contribution to the University has been her work in setting up and developing the Pauline Brown Clinical Skills Centre. Under her leadership and with her enthusiasm, it is now an integrated and key element of practical skills teaching and is a major contributor to all years of the clinical veterinary curriculum. Jackie’s efforts in setting up the Centre are above and beyond her role as a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, taking up much of her personal time. The Centre has been commended in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Visitation Report 2015 and was acclaimed as an excellent facility by other veterinary schools’ clinical coordinators at the national VetEd conference in 2015 and 2016.

Jackie Brearley receiving her award from Professor Graham Virgo, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education
Further to setting up the Centre, Jackie has used a Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund grant to examine the effectiveness of the Centre and its links with the virtual learning environment. The results of this report showed that the Centre has made a significant impact in student learning and competence. Feedback confirms that students appreciate Jackie’s vision for the Centre as a supportive, friendly and safe environment in which they can develop their confidence and competence in practical skills. In addition, students rate Jackie as an excellent lecturer; in 2016 she won a Student-Led Teaching Award for her lecturing. 

We are delighted for Jackie and very proud of the fantastic teaching programme that she has been leading

Professor James Wood, Head of Department

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington – graduate of Trinity College, engineer, businessman and the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation – who passionately believed that teaching excellence was crucial to Cambridge’s future success.
The Pilkington Prizes are organised by The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, which supports staff by providing training, developing networks, hosting events and encouraging and funding innovation. The Centre also provides a focus for strategic priorities within Cambridge and for engaging with national and international developments in higher education.