National Teaching Fellow 2012
After completing his PhD in paediatric exercise science Dr Richard Winsley became a clinical exercise physiologist in the NHS, working within a busy cardiac rehabilitation department and running a GP exercise referral scheme.
The experience of working with patients, clinicians and exercise professionals helped shape his educational practice to become an effective educator to a range of audiences. Richard now brings this applied experience to his teaching of his popular module, clinical exercise prescription, in which students learn both about the theory and experience the reality of working with these populations.
Richard started his lecturing career at Exeter in 1999 and he now oversees the educational provision of one of the consistently top ranked Sport and Exercise Sciences departments in the country. As a Senior Fellow of the HEA Richard is responsible for ensuring the delivery of undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes that are innovative, stimulating and contemporary, the success of which is reflected in the consistently strong National Student Survey (NSS) results these programmes enjoy. Richard was voted by the students as Lecturer of the Year 2010 in the University of Exeter Teaching Awards with nominations of support including:
“Winsley doesn't just teach, he inspires! As a student you want to learn from the best and his combination of incredible knowledge, positive attitude and caring nature bring all the greatest attributes of an educator to this embodiment of teaching greatness!”
Richard’s student centred approach permeates not just his teaching but also his management style, in which the students are partners in helping shape their educational experience. His enthusiasm for increasing engagement sees students actively involved in identifying and implementing the responses to issues and opportunities raised in the NSS and in providing peer mentoring and teaching. His national and international educational profile is extensive having worked with partners in higher education in the UK, USA and Middle East, and also with corporate and charitable organisations such as Manchester United, Virgin Active, Royal Air Force, British Heart Foundation and the British Association.
Director of Education, Sport & Health Sciences
University of Exeter