Prestigious teaching fellowship for radiographer

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A passion for innovation has continually driven academic and former NHS radiographer Dr Philip Cosson to seek new methods which help his students to learn through experimentation.

Now, Dr Cosson, from Teesside University’s School of Health & Life Sciences, has been recognised as a National Teaching Fellow for his contribution to teaching and learning.

He is among 56 new National Teaching Fellows to be announced this year, the 20th anniversary of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

Dr Cosson said: “I am extremely happy that my work has been recognised in this way. I could not have achieved any of this without excellent Teesside University colleagues and students, past and present. My special thanks must also go to my business partner, Neil Willis, who has brought my ideas to fruition by developing a superb suite of simulation tools for radiography education; a vital resource for these difficult times.

“I look forward to using my time as a National Teaching Fellow to further innovate, and support tutors nationally and internationally in their efforts to enable student learning via simulation.”

During his clinical career, Dr Cosson worked in six different hospitals, including time working alongside Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, the legendary Nobel laureate who developed the CT scanner.

Having joined Teesside University as an academic in 1992, Dr Cosson spent three years as a lecturer before being tempted back into clinical practice.

He returned to practice as a superintendent radiographer, seconded to the information department of a local health trust to progress their electronic patient record project. But following that project, which included postgraduate training, he re-joined Teesside University in 2001 as a senior lecturer.

During his academic career, Dr Cosson has gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), trained in social research methods, and gained a doctorate in advancing educational practice in diagnostic radiography.

Dr Cosson was recognised as National Learning Technologist of the year 2007, by the Association for Learning Technology. This was in recognition of his work in distributed computer simulation in radiography education.

He co-founded Shaderware Ltd, a radiography training simulation developer in 2006. This company was set up in collaboration with Neil Willis, a former student, and supports over 170 university and college customers worldwide to deliver contextual experiential learning to their students via distributed simulation technology. This has proved to be a vital tool worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Cosson has continued to innovate, publish pedagogic research and accept invitations to speak in support of interactive and contextual learning methods and tools in diagnostic radiography education.

He was the elected representative of Northern region radiography professionals on the national council of the Society of Radiographers 2014-2019 and is currently elected to the College of Radiographers Board of Trustees, serving a five-year term. He has also been appointed to the post of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra.

The National Teaching Fellowship scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Alison Johns, Advance HE CEO, said: “All of the winners should be extremely proud of their achievement of what are prestigious, national teaching awards. Their work epitomises the outstanding commitment to teaching in the UK higher education sector, which this year has been more demanding than ever before.”