Academic shortlisted for Times Higher Most Innovative Teacher award

05 September 2019 

Tom Delahunt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in the category of Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

The awards, described as the “Oscars of UK Higher Education” recognises outstanding work across a wide range of university activity.

The Most Innovative Teacher award seeks to reward an academic whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students. It is open to academics in all UK higher education institutions.

Tom’s application is centred on his blog “A poetic nursing heart”, his poetry symposium and the use of poetry in nurse education.

The blog and feedback from students and colleagues is said to have been “inspirational” and has had more than 2000 visits with international reach. In summarising Tom’s work, the THE describes him as ‘a passionate, innovative and inspirational member of the School' with a creative and brilliantly challenging approach.

Through the use of poetry in nurse education, and more broadly within the University community through symposia, Tom’s work has had a transformational effect on colleagues and students both personally and professionally.

Tom has also been nominated for a “Golden Apple” award which are student-led, run by Christ Church’s Students’ Union.

The annual awards ceremony will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 28 November. For more information, visit

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