Professor Hisham Khalil

Year of NTFS award: 2017

Institution at time of NTFS award: University of Plymouth

Hisham is the Head of the Peninsula Medical School. He is also a Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust as well as a Non-Executive Director.

Hisham is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. He has a doctorate degree in Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also an External Assessor for the Irish Medical Council and a General Medical Council Associate. Hisham has been involved in the accreditation of Medical Schools in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and in Malaysia. His research interests include new models of healthcare delivery, sino-nasal cancer, chronic rhinosinusitis, student support and reusable learning objects in education. Outside medicine Hisham has an interest in writing poetry, short stories and landscape photography.

Throughout my career, I have been committed to the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicine, dentistry and nursing. This spanned three universities, two surgical training programmes and includes an active teaching practice with local, regional and national assessment roles.

My work has had an impact at multiple levels including curriculum design and development, quality assurance of teaching activities, mentorship, engaged student learning, selection and admissions, introduction of educational innovations, and provision of high-quality learning resources. My approach to quality management of medical education has gained local, national and international recognition. I have contributed to a number of national pilots and consultations through the General Medical Council including the ‘Approval of Trainers’ pilot and ‘Enhancing Patient Safety Through Medical Education’, leading the University of Plymouth team in the HEA engaged-student learning initiative. As a GMC Associate, I have a national role in medical school accreditation. I have also led a project on the recognition of medical specialties in the Republic of Ireland.

Through peer-reviewed publications, local, national and international activities and presentations I have contributed to the development of colleagues and the body of evidence in medical education.

My current projects include: 

  • Technology-enhanced clinical learning; using technology such as Holo Lenses to facilitate remote learning when students can’t be physically present in the clinical environment.
  • Supporting University students with mental health problems.
  • Continue work on reusable learning objects including mobile applications.
  • Introducing Personalised Learning for medical students.


My pedagogic expertise:

  • blended learning - inter-professional education
  • curriculum design and review
  • quality assurance
  • student support.