The Teaching Hero Awards learning impact awards were first launched in January 2014. The awards are run in partnership with the Union of students of Ireland (USI). Students can nominate their teaching hero by completing an online nomination form, which includes the reasons why a staff member is a teaching hero as well as the impact this has had on the students teaching and learning experience. The campaign is run locally by the student’s union office within each institution.
Through the inclusion of insightful provenances and case histories, students are taken on a journey back in time to learn not only from the original donors, but also from the physicians and anatomists who treated and prepared the specimen, offering fascinating insights into the healthcare systems and the education values of the time. Careful consideration was given to which specimens were to be showcased. Specifically, those over a hundred years old, without identifying features or sensitive features such as developmental anomalies.