The George Davies Centre will be officially named on 11 November

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 13, 2017 11:55 AM |
Sir David Attenborough OM and Michael Attenborough CBE will attend to officially name our Centre for Medicine in honour of fashion retailer George Davies.

Staff and students from the Medical School, School of Psychology and Department of Health Sciences have been using the centre for more than a year now, and benefiting from the £42 million building, which has already won multiple awards for its design.

Its completion and naming coincides with the introduction of Leicester Medical School’s innovative new curriculum, which puts patients at the heart of healthcare education and applied research at the forefront of improved patient safety and the fight against chronic disease.

George Davies, the founder of Next, George at Asda and Per Una for Marks & Spencer, recently donated £5.15 million towards transformative research into peripheral vascular disease and to establish the Vascular Limb Salvage Clinic at Glenfield Hospital.

George will join the Attenboroughs, philanthropic donors, senior management of the University, representatives from local healthcare organisations and staff and students of the College of Life Sciences in celebrating this landmark building.

Professor Philip Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences, said: “The Centre will become a central hub speeding the translation of research to real world improvements for patient treatment, so it is especially fitting to name the building after George Davies, whose generous donation has enabled a new limb salvage clinic to be opened and the University to invest in new research.”

Bill Friar, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Leicester, said: “The University of Leicester was established through gifts, large and small, made by the local community to honour loved ones who served and in many cases died in World War I. So it is entirely fitting that on Remembrance Day we celebrate a centre dedicated to saving lives and improving wellbeing. Our donors are once again helping the University live up to its founding motto: Ut Vitam Habeant – So That They May Have Life. ”

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