Professor Blair Smith, Head of the Division of Population Health Sciences, has been recognised for his achievements as a teacher and mentor in the 2017 Student-led Teaching Awards, which are presented on behalf of students across the University by the University of Dundee's Students' Association, DUSA.
Professor Smith won the award for Best Postgraduate Supervisor after being nominated by one of his current MD students. So far, he has supervised a number of postgraduate students who have investigated areas including the use of new technology in delivering healthcare for diabetes patients, the experiences of healthcare professionals managing chronic pain in older adults, and development of a patient-centred physiotherapy intervention.
Professor Smith said, “I have never been more surprised than when I learned I was to receive this Award. I am amazed, humbled and honoured, particularly as I see who else was nominated and shortlisted. This has been a stormy year for me – actually three years – with cancer, surgery, chemotherapy and complications, which are hopefully now coming to a healthy conclusion – and this Award makes a very gratifying end to this difficult time.
"Supervising postgraduate students has always been a priority for me. Over the years, I’ve been very lucky to work with excellent students, for whom I’ve found student-led supervision to be a pleasure, an intellectual stimulation and a privilege. They have made my job easy – at least, this part of it!
"I’d like to thank DUSA and the Judging Panel for considering me, and Sarah Mills for nominating me. I’m also grateful for my colleagues in the Chronic Pain Research Group, the Division of Population Health Sciences, and the Medical School, for the opportunities, collegiality and support they provide.”
Kevin Burns, former Deputy President of DUSA said, “The STLAs are the student body’s way of thanking the extraordinary people at this University who make such a massive impact on us through their work, and to recognise their excellence and devotion to their students.”
Congratulations, Professor Smith, from all at the School of Medicine and the wider University!