Dr Rachel Thompson, Academic Mentor, Medicine

1Dr Rachel Thompson is Education Focussed academic. She is a medical doctor, trained in public health as a postgraduate.

Since 2004, she has worked in the Office of Medical Education in Medicine as a medical education academic. In 2007 she became the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Fellow for the faculty with the role of supporting L&T across the faculty and liaising on L&T across the university. This includes running the MedEd Interest Group and organising the Faculty's annual education awards, education training seminars, workshops and annual education forum. She convenes and teaches the "Quality of Medical Practice" element of the 6-year medical program and has convened/been involved in designing courses across all 3 phases of the program.

Dr Thompson has specialised in blended approaches to teaching evidence-based practice and statistics. This includes developing audio-visual content in various formats and developing Smart Sparrow adaptive tutorials. Currently, she is converting some of her class activities to team-based learning formats.

Over the years, Dr Thompson has been highly awarded for many of her contributions to learning and teaching including an Australian Government, Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Email rachelt@unsw.edu.au to enquire if Rachel is available to mentor you. 

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning
  • learning and teaching curriculum design
  • assessment and feedback
  • peer review of curriculum
  • formative peer observation of teaching
  • convening a course
  • integrating technologies into learning and teaching
  • active learning spaces
  • evaluation
  • general teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Awards and Grants

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching grant 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Program (SEIF) learning and teaching grant
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching grant


  • development of an application for a research grant
  • feedback on a journal article 
  • feedback on a conference paper 
  • reviewing a journal article 
  • managing research data
  • conducting interviews and focus groups
  • working with statistics within research projects
  • establishing a research profile
  • qualitative research approaches

Generic Mentoring

  • how to establish and build networks 
  • how to decide on career priorities 
  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions

Additional areas

  • Threshold concept framework research area

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • 3-4 mentees at any stage

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Lecturer A
  • Lecturer B
  • Lecturer C


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.