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Who do I go to for the right support?

Associate Dean - Academic

Dr Mark Barrow, Associate Dean Academic, oversees teaching and learning in the Faculty. Mark chairs the Faculty's Education Committee, which functions to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning within the Faculty. The Education Committee includes representatives from the six Schools, the various Boards of Study in the Faculty and representatives from various departments and units including the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education and the Learning Technology Unit. The Education Committee provides a forum where the Faculty commitment to excellence in teaching is informed by diverse and informed perspectives from across the Faculty.

To achieve our goals, the FMHS strives to attract students of the highest standard and to provide them with a teaching and learning environment in which they will be able to excel in their chosen field of study. We focus on excellence in our curriculum whilst promoting continual pedagogical improvements through course development work carried out within the six Schools and through the activities of the Learning Technology Unit, the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education and the Clinical Skills Resource Center.

Support options

It can be confusing knowing who and where to go for what support. For help with teaching and learning there is:

Faculty Based Support

  • Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education (CMHSE)
  • Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU)
  • Clinical Skills Resource Centre

Central University Support

  • Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR)

Learning and Teaching Unit

The Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) is the FMHS based unit primarily involved in supporting flexible and distance teaching needs.

How can the LTU support my teaching?

Staff at the LTU have a focus on learning design with expertise in course and resource design and particular skills in teaching and learning with a range of technologies. They provide research-based advice to that end, enabling staff to make appropriate choices in using technologies that will improve teaching and learning experiences. 

The LTU works with all five schools in the FMHS primarily taking on work via a project round which is run biannually. During these times faculty can submit an expression of interest for a distance and/or flexible learning project.

The LTU also provides individualised support for lecturers who want to use technologies. We also teach ClinEd 711- eLearning and Clinical Education - as part of the Masters in Clinical Education.

Contact details are available on their website. 


Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education

The Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education (CMHSE) is a hub for educational research and scholarship within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, working across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and Medical Science to promote excellence in teaching and learning.

How can the CMHSE support my teaching?

The key activities of CMHSE include:

  • Postgraduate Programmes in Clinical Education
    CMHSE offers programmes in Clinical Education suitable for those staff whose teaching takes place in a clinical setting. This on-line programme has over 50 students enrolled; engaged in coursework and research. 
  • Educational Research in Medical and Health Sciences
    CMHSE has an established research track record in educational research and publication related to health professionals' education. Particular strengths include workplace assessment, simulation-based education, clinical skills, measurement scales in social sciences, evaluation research and interprofessional.

Clinical Skills Resource Centre

The Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC) provides a physical and educational resource in clinical skills learning for health professional programmes within the Faculty.

How can the CSRC support my teaching?

The Centre provides clinical and communication skills teaching and learning  and has working relationships with all of the faculty's schools and the Advanced Clinical Skills Centre (ACSC), which provides complementary learning opportunities.

The CSRC provides advice on the teaching of clinical skills that it s based on the best educational  evidence. 

It also provides an innovative learning space that staff can access with classes for learning and practicing clinical skills.


Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR)

View a quick summary of CLeaR's teaching development offerings

CLeaR is the University of Auckland's hub for higher education learning and research. Its staff works with academics at all levels of experience and engagement to develop, document and research their teaching.

How can CLeaR support my teaching?

The focus of CLeaR is to provide research-informed institutional leadership in higher education learning and teaching.

CLeaR offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Acadmic Practice.

The Centre partners with faculties, service divisions, and communities of practice to support and inform the strategic priorities of the University through 

  • higher education research
  • the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • research on the academic engagement, progression and success of staff and students, including equity groups
  • innovation in technology-supported teaching and learning (for those Faculties who do not have a dedicated Unit such as the FMHS' LTU)
  • individual and institutional capacity building in teaching, learning and research

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