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Speaker on 11 August 2020



Vice Dean, Education
Co-Director, Academic Medicine Education Institute
Duke-NUS Medical School

Professor Curran is Vice Dean, Education at Duke-NUS Medical School and Co-Director of Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM.EI), a joint institute of Duke-NUS and SingHealth.

Professor Curran has a distinguished track record in medical education leadership, policy and professional regulation and is recognised as an expert in the field of medical education and transformational leadership.

Professor Curran has received the prestigious BMJ Award for Excellence in Healthcare Education in 2011 for his work leading London’s Simulation and Technology-Enhanced Learning Initiative (STELI). He received a UK National Clinical Excellence Award in 2010 and the national HSJ Award for Patient Safety in 2009. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2018 for his pioneering education work supporting development of the East, Central and Southern African College of Physicians. He has been awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Fellowship of the US Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Closer to home he has also been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, College of Clinical Educators.

Upcoming Episode - 18 August 2020

Employment in a micro-credential world

The job for life is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and students today will likely have several careers in their lifetime. How can micro-credentials rather than traditional education be used to help adult populations stay ahead of employment needs?

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Chief Executive

Simon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which has now evolved to offer fully online degrees and microcredentials. Previously of the BBC, Simon has a background in digital disruption as a pioneer in taking media brands and content online. Formed in December 2012 by The Open University, FutureLearn is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has over 13 million learners signed up worldwide and partners with 170+ industry-leading institutions around the globe, including 25% of the world’s top universities.

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