Congratulations to Dr Basiro Davey, Deputy Director HEAT (Ethiopia), and Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences who has been made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to health and higher education.
Basiro joined the OU in 1976 after completing a Doctorate in Tumour Immunology. She pioneered the development of the Health Sciences curriculum at the OU, including the multidisciplinary U205 Health and disease, S320 Infectious disease and most recently, SDK125 Introducing health sciences.
She was Health Sciences Awards Director for several years until 2009, leading the development of the OU’s undergraduate and postgraduate modules and awards in this interdisciplinary area.
In her long OU career she has produced hundreds of multi-media educational materials for distance-learning modules in many areas of public health, including immunology, epidemiology, communicable diseases, sexually transmitted infections and cancers.
Basiro is an expert in distance learning pedagogy, recognised by an OU Teaching Award in 2010. From 2009-11 she has been seconded to the OU’s Health Education and Training (HEAT) programme for Africa, as its Deputy Director (Ethiopia), developing training materials and leading intensive curriculum design and writing workshops with Ethiopian health experts and OU colleagues.