Yet the lessons he took from the format have this week contributed to him being announced as a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE in recognition of his innovative educational practice as Professor of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry in the University of Brighton's School of Applied Sciences.
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates those in UK higher education who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.
In awarding the fellowship to Professor Patel, Advance HE said: “He is renowned for his work on developing novel educational practices for the delivery of analytical chemistry, and… passionate about enhancing employability skills and understanding the barriers faced by minority ethnic students in higher education.”
Bhavik said: “My teaching and learning activities are really focused around exploring innovative approaches towards teaching, either using digital technologies or different sort of activities that resemble a real-life work experience in a classroom setting. The reason that’s important is because often getting those higher-level skills of employability is really difficult to do unless a student goes on a placement or internship.”