Head of School, Medicine
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
HEAD OF SCHOOL, MEDICINE
Since its foundation less than a decade ago, the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire has rapidly developed a reputation for innovation and a commitment to widening access. It has achieved full GMC accreditation, and delivers five courses at Undergraduate level, a Foundation programme, a comprehensive portfolio of Postgraduate programmes, in addition to several executive programmes across three campus sites in Preston, Burnley and Westlakes. It is looking to expand its programmes and activities over coming years, as well as building on its research profile. A significant proportion of its students are international, and the University recruits to its full number within the cap of UK students. It operates in new, state-of-the-art facilities, and has a number of successful partnerships both in the UK and overseas. There are a number of flourishing areas of research including the National Centre for Remote Rural Medicine and the Mackenzie Clinical Research Institute.
The founding Head, Professor Cathy Jackson, has moved into an Executive Dean role within the University and we are now seeking someone to build on her success. The new Head will develop the School as it expands its programmes, invests in research and delivers new approaches to medical education in keeping with the University’s ethos and mission. S/he will play a central role in relations with regulatory bodies and other external bodies.
The appointee will be a strong academic, likely to have a clinical background, who has recent experience of leading teams and working with key external bodies such as the GMC, the National Optometry Council and NHS Trusts. Strong candidates will be resilient and innovative, determined to explore new approaches and opportunities within a broader disciplinary framework that can be both resistant to change and highly competitive. The context of medical education as societies recover from Covid-19 will necessitate fresh thinking and this will be a perfect opportunity for someone who is strategic and willing to embrace the new.