Date of release: Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dr David EvansA prestigious National Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to a University of Greenwich academic.

Dr David Evans, pictured, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, and a registered nurse, has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy for the ‘sustained contribution’ he has made to education in this field for more than two decades.

One of the leading authorities on sexual health theory in the UK, David’s teaching extends across a wide range of programmes, from undergraduate to doctoral level.

He developed the widely acclaimed Sexual Health Skills course, which has enabled more than 2,500 registered professionals across the world to develop their understanding and skills. This is also now the compulsory core course within the university’s BSc Sexual Health programme.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence recruited David as co-author for the Sexual and Reproductive Health for Mental Health Professionals e-learning course, which achieved finalist status at the UK Sexual Health Awards 2012. He publishes widely and has presented at many national and international conferences.

The National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching. As one of just 55 lecturers and learning support staff across the country to be recognised this year, David will also receive an award of £10,000, which will be used to support his further professional development.

Winners were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

David, a member of the university’s Faculty of Education & Health, is a former Catholic priest and has been a Greenwich resident for more than two decades. He says he has a passion for teaching and inspiring others. “Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is the icing on the cake after 24 years of teaching and research in specialities I love, which are firstly HIV studies, then widening out to embrace holistic sexual health,” he says.

“I am truly humbled at the effect my teaching has on so many people, and I’m overjoyed to hear how many have put this into clinical practice to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of their clients’ lives.”

David becomes the fifth National Teaching Fellow at the university.

Professor Simon Jarvis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) at the University of Greenwich, says: “I am delighted that David’s outstanding contribution to the field of sexual health, which has had such a transformative impact on student learning, has been recognised by this award. An outstanding role model to colleagues, David full deserves his success.”

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England (HEFCE) and Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).

Profiles of all the 2014 National Teaching Fellows can be found here: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ntfs/ntfs_2014_fellows

To find out more about studying with the Faculty of Education & Health: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/health

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