Professor Barry Quinn awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Professor Barry Quinn from The School of Dentistry has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) by Advance HE.

The NTF Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in Higher Education.

Barry is a highly regarded colleague and has demonstrated his passion for developing haptically-enabled virtual reality simulation for surgical skills development and surgery rehearsal for dental students as well as qualified dentists. His innovative approach to working with staff and students promotes more individualized learning and goal-setting, objective feedback and increases students’ self-efficacy and autonomy and ultimately better patient care.

Furthermore, Barry has, through his passion for learning and teaching, enhanced the experiences of staff, for whom he acts as a role model. He receives outstanding feedback following his approach to using active learning, simulation and peer work to develop an authentic learning environment.

Professor Vince Bissell, Dean of the School of Dentistry, said: “Barry has an international reputation for excellence in the field of haptic simulation. This is a field of rapidly expanding applicability in the training of healthcare professionals and has the potential to radically improve the learning experience of students. We are incorporating this into our curriculum as a consequence of Barry’s enthusiasm and expertise”

Liverpool University has had continued success with both National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence CATE. The awards have become Increasingly competitive and NTFs play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the higher education sector and further afield.

Professor Gavin Brown, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education said: “The University is delighted that Professor Barry Quinn has been recognised for the outstanding contribution he has made to the staff and student experience at the University of Liverpool. Barry has played a leading role in pioneering new approaches to teaching clinical skills which have proved particularly effective in supporting students’ surgical abilities and confidence.” 

Further information

More information on the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence is available at Teaching Excellence Awards

Colleagues who are interested in applying for an NTF or CATE award via The Academy, to represent the University of Liverpool, should contact Dr Charles Buckley at