Scott is a Principal Teaching Fellow in Anatomy, Deputy Head of Medical Education, Fellow of The Anatomical Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). At Southampton he has developed a thriving and internationally renowned centre of excellence for clinical neuroanatomy education that has served to vertically integrate the subject within the medical curriculum. In the face of continued curriculum reform, the highest standards and resources for neuroanatomy education have been transformed to meet the educational needs of tomorrow’s doctors. He is driven through his passion for working in genuine partnership with students which reflects all aspects of academic engagement.
Scott has become a leading expert on the efficacy of “near-peer” teaching in medical education and has published extensively, given invited keynote talks, and delivered workshops at international scientific meetings. He is the founder of the prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate neuroanatomy competition which has had a meaningful impact upon the career progression of countless UK students and junior doctors who have won prizes and distinction awards.
Scott has pioneered innovative, open-access, digital learning tools in neuroanatomy education via student partnership that have been quality assured by leading learned societies and have a global reach. Furthermore, he is also involved in the mentorship and training of future generations of clinical anatomists.
There are over one billion sufferers of neurological disease world-wide and in order to design effective therapeutic strategies, doctors must understand the exact mechanisms of disease and identify their anatomical characteristics. Peer training to create carefully dissected human brain specimens is a privilege for medical students and Scott is at the forefront of providing them with a unique and distinctive experience, as well as raising the profile of neuroanatomy education nationally. His practices are ultimately transferrable and Scott is ideally placed to design and lead the strategic direction of how clinical neuroanatomy is taught. He has instigated a cultural awareness of student partnership best practice in higher education which is based on robust empirical evidence, and original lines of enquiry that seek to understand differences in the perceptions of the partnership model among students and staff.