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Professor Olwyn Westwood
Director of Postgraduate Education / Professor of Medical Education


Professor Olwyn Westwood has a wealth of experience within the diverse contexts of Higher Education, and committed to curriculum design, and shaping an environment where learners flourish. Having worked in routine diagnostic NHS pathology, she took a Ph.D in immunology and cell biology research, before making a successful transition into pedagogic practice and research, which led naturally to academic and leadership roles within post-1992 and Russell Group institutions. As an enthusiastic educator, she is keen that disciplines are accessible across the range of student demographics, and relevant and transferable to the 'World of Work'. Her research and pedagogic practice have been chiefly across the NHS and HE, working and collaborating with scientists and clinicians. As a reviewer for a number of medical and healthcare education journals, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Olwyn Westwood is also an assessment advisor for the National Prescribing Safety Assessment, a Royal College membership examinations, and has a successful track record in research supervision and examination of Ph.D. and Masters Awards. With 10 years’ experience as a visitor for a Professional and Statutory Regulator, she is well-versed in education quality assurance and enhancement.As an international consultant in curriculum development in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Georgia, Australia, South Africa and Mexico with around 30 years’ experience in education design and delivery, she has a keen interest in technology-enhanced learning and developing flexible learning frameworks. Accordingly, cross-institution, faculty and external partnerships have facilitated her personal insight into the cultural, social and political requirements of professional and discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and assessment within the UK and for global education and research. ... see more


B.Sc. (Hons) Nutrition, University of Surrey (1980)

Ph.D. Biochemistry UMDS (Guy’s Hospital, now Kin's College London), University of London (1989)

Title of thesis: Placental Protein 14 (PP14): A study on the isolation, purification, physical characteristics and molecular biology of a protein

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (1999)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)




10 years as a Visitor on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education from 2006

Adviser to the GMC on the Bologna Declaration and implications for UK degrees

National Prescribing Safety Assessment: Member of the Stakeholder Committee: for a National skills assessment for UK medical undergraduates.

Curriculum advisor, Modernising Scientific Careers postgraduates, Health Education England

Member of the Board for the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Medicine and Health Professions (2019-2022)