Applied Microbiology International is celebrating after trustee Dr Emmanuel Adukwu was awarded the Royal Society of Biology’s Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year award for 2023.


AMI chief executive Dr Lucy Harper said the society is extremely pleased to see a trustee and long-term friend of AMI recognised in this way. 

“Emmanuel is an active member of AMI and throughout his tenure has advocated passionately for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in Higher Education, enabling AMI to remain informed of all relevant developments. Congratulations Emmanuel - this is very well-deserved,” she said.

Incredible candidates

The RSB took to social media to commend Emmanuel on his award, saying he stood out among some incredible candidates.

The yearly Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year award celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of biosciences at university level.

The RSB said the shortlisted candidates have each shown individual excellence in teaching through innovative and inclusive teaching practices, dedication to personal development, and commitment to supporting colleagues within and beyond their own institution.


Emmanuel is the Deputy Head of the School of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.

He is research-active and leads a group of researchers utilising different approaches to further the understanding of antimicrobial resistance and control of infectious diseases. 

As a teacher, Emmanuel utilises a participatory, collaborative and inclusive approach to working with students and wherever possible, in the classroom or on projects, he ensures his students are as co-creators of knowledge and partners in their learning development.

Inspiring change

As an academic, Emmanuel has developed leading innovations and inspired change at his institution including the development of transformative employability approaches, student support frameworks and tools enabling inclusive practices in higher education.

Also on the final shortlist were Dr Kelly Edmunds, an Associate Professor within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and Dr Ellie Davison, an Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning of the University of Lincoln Science Foundation Year.


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