I’ve always enjoyed teaching, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I’m now deskilled clinically but hope that what’s left of my medical knowledge can still be useful to students.


At the University of Bristol, I teach endocrinology to third-year medical students. I also run the ‘Oakhill’ sessions on the BA intercalated degree in Medical Humanities, a wonderful course that explores the intersections of medicine with literature, philosophy, ethics and the creative arts. ‘Oakhill’ refers to the late Tony Oakhill, doctor, scientist and and polymath, who pioneered major advances in the treatment of childhood leukaemia; after retiring, he joined the BA degree course in the History of Art at Bristol and became the University’s only undergraduate ever to hold a Professorship.


Further afield, I teach every year on the Research Summer Schools at the University of Angers in France – an excellent fortnight that brings in students of medicine, the allied professions and biomedical sciences from around the world.


I regularly lecture to and run tutorials/debates on vaccination and other subecjts for sixth-form school students, and in 2016 spent an enjoyable week as Visiting Scientist at Monckton Combe School near Bath.