National Teaching Fellow 2014
Dr David Evans’ sustained contribution to sexual health education for over 24 years has resulted in national and international recognition and student success. David maintains his teaching is a ‘performance’ of life; not a job or chore, but a passion and love-affair with learning he gladly shares with others. Originally commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing, he developed the widely acclaimed ‘Sexual Health Skills’ course, which is now the compulsory core course of the University of Greenwich ‘top up’ BSc(Hons) Sexual Health. ‘Sexual Health Skills’ has enabled over 2,500 registered professionals across the UK and some abroad to develop their understanding and skills in this critical area of health and social.
David has been a student for 34 out of 39 years since leaving school at 16 with only two O-levels, which he says affords him empathy with students needing inspiration for learning. His teaching extends across a wide range of programmes from undergraduate through to doctoral level, providing multi-professional sexual health learning.
A growing awareness of David’s reputation in teaching and the development of high quality resources for face-to-face and online modes of delivery resulted in the Social Care Institute for Excellence recruiting him as co-author for the ‘Sexual and reproductive health for mental health professionals e-learning’ course, which achieved finalist status at the UK Sexual Health Awards 2012. He publishes widely and has presented at many multi-professional national and international conferences.
A registered nurse and former Catholic priest, David returned to nursing in 1989 to care for HIV positive clients and soon after moved into full-time HIV and sexual health education. These experiences in nursing, priesthood and education afford unique qualities to his teaching career.
A colleague comments that with a national strategic presence through which he advances nurse education, “David’s ability to support and nurture the learner is astounding. [...] He is well recognised as one of the leading authorities on sexual health theory in the United Kingdom”.
David also has a firm belief that ‘honey goes down better than vinegar’, and that using judicious humour in the education he provides promotes learning for therapeutic practice. David is on Twitter @David_T_Evans
David was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) - for services to nursing and sexual health education - in The Queen's Birthday Honours, 2017