University of Bradford
Professor of Pharmacy Education
Simon Tweddell is a Professor of Pharmacy Education in a UK School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. In 2011, Dr. Tweddell led the development of a new highly integrated pharmacy curriculum delivered predominately by Team-Based Learning, and supported its implementation in an existing school. Designed using sound educational theory this employer-informed curriculum aims to develop the transformational learning needed for employment as a pharmacist in the 21st Century. To deliver the programme, they sought a learning and teaching strategy that motivated their students both to prepare for and attend class, and once there engage them in active, student-centred learning. Team-Based Learning (TBL) addressed these needs whilst also developing the transferable skills necessary for the workplace and to enhance their employability skills. Pharmacists in practice need to develop the skills to communicate, collaborate, problem-solve, teach and manage their own learning; skills that are developed during their 4-years studying a curriculum delivered predominantly by TBL. Dr. Tweddell has led the development and mentorship of his academic faculty staff so they have the skills to deliver TBL effectively and have more recently delivered academic staff development workshops in TBL at other HEIs. Dr. Tweddell has found facilitating learning using TBL a rewarding, fun and enjoyable experience. His students come to class prepared, ready to apply their new knowledge to solve authentic, challenging and real-world problems that develop their team-working and critical thinking skills. Dr. Tweddell now disseminates the benefits of TBL to others in the UK and in Europe and he established the European Team-Based Learning Community and is the inaugural Chair of the Board that oversees it. Dr. Tweddell was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 and was part of the Team that was awarded a national CATE (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) by the Higher Education Academy in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.