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Department of Pathology



Professor Liz Soilleux has contributed tirelessly to pre-clinical pathology teaching over many years.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, she updated the Biology of Disease histopathology practical classes to reflect current diagnostic practice. She had undertaken professional development in medical education and was awarded a PGDip with Distinction. Her innovative approach continued during the pandemic with her crucial role in transforming undergraduate pathology practical classes into a virtual format. This included her creative strategy of filming pathology pot specimens using a GoPro to ensure learners could view these precious teaching aids, filming walkthroughs of digital slides and recruiting and supporting colleagues as virtual demonstrators.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Liz was also PI of a research laboratory, Fellow and Director of Studies in pre-clinical medicine at Churchill College, and one of a handful of medical consultants running a tertiary centre diagnostic laboratory service. She carried out all of these roles to the highest standards. Liz is enormously generous in sharing her educational expertise with colleagues, never hesitating to invite their contribution and act as their sponsor in pursuing roles. This is all done with the benefit of learners in mind.




The Pilkington Prize

The Pilkington Prize awards were endowed and inaugurated in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington to acknowledge excellence in teaching. The prizes are awarded to individuals who contribute substantially to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or University. Twelve prizes of £1000 are awarded each year, with nominations made by each of the six Schools. The prizes are awarded annually by the Vice-Chancellor.