Inaugural ceremony celebrates thriving partnership between academia and medical practice

Posted by ap507 at May 24, 2016 01:17 PM |
Over a hundred honorary titles to be awarded by University of Leicester on 26 May for contributions to ambitious healthcare plans

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 May 2016

The University of Leicester is celebrating the close collaboration between academia and medical practice by recognising, at an unprecedented scale, the outstanding contribution of healthcare professionals to the University’s academic mission.

In what is a critical landmark in the University’s partnerships with healthcare providers, over one hundred honorary titles are to be awarded in the inaugural University of Leicester Honorary Appointment Conferral Ceremony on Thursday 26 May.

The celebration recognises, on an unprecedented scale, the contribution of healthcare practitioners to the University’s academic mission, the majority of which are working within the NHS. These dedicated individuals have demonstrated excellence in research studies, education and training, or have led clinical innovation in addition to their clinical duties.

The University is extraordinarily proud of their achievements and is recognising these by the award of Professorships, Readerships, Senior Lectureships, and Lectureships at an event on 26 May attended by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Council, leaders of clinical partners and local dignitaries at the University of Leicester’s £42 million new Centre for Medicine.

Professor Philip Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and Dean of the School of Medicine, said: “Working together, the University with its clinical partners have extraordinary academic clinical ambitions for Leicester. These ambitions are key to improving and enhancing healthcare and healthcare outcomes.

“Only by working in partnership, with cutting edge research and high calibre education of medical students and doctors, can we ensure that the healthcare provided in the city and county, attains the highest possible standards. The creation of over a hundred honorary University staff is a landmark step along the route to establishing Leicester as a premier academic health science centre.

“The inaugural Honorary Appointment Conferral Ceremony is an extremely important date in the College’s calendar. Successful clinical partnerships are absolutely critical to the success of our education and research missions. Such partnerships would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of those who we are honouring.

“I’m delighted that friends and family will attend the celebratory event; other duties are such that academic activity typically occurs in evenings and weekends – at considerable personal sacrifice. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the critical roles of those close to our Honorary appointees who similarly deserve much credit.”

John Adler, Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “We are fortunate to have a large number of high calibre clinicians teaching and delivering world-leading research, which means we can deliver the best possible care to our patients. I am delighted that the University of Leicester has been able to recognise the contribution of these individuals by awarding them honorary titles. This further cements the strong and valued partnership working that we have with the University of Leicester.”

The ceremony starts at 5pm in the Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester. Attendance is by invitation only.

Acting as a hub to bring together, for the first time, the University’s leading academics, researchers, clinicians and students currently spread across multiple sites in the city, the new Centre for Medicine will completely transform medical teaching and improve the lives of many patients in the region and beyond. 

The University is investing £32 million of scarce capital resources into the project and is seeking to raise an additional £10 million through an ambitious fundraising campaign for the project. This represents the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by any UK university in the last decade.

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For more information, contact Julie Hage on jeh33@le.ac.uk

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