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Welcome to the new look UCLMS newsletter: Nov 2012

It’s a time of exciting changes at UCL Medical School. The new MBBS 2012 Curriculum has now launched and staff are seeing all the preparation and hard work over the last few years come to life. This is the first edition of the new look newsletter, along with the introduction of a new editor. We hope you like it!


We have new members of staff (including me!) who you can get to know better in ‘new faces at UCLMS‘, and newly appointed academic leads for Years 1, 2, 4 and 6. Existing staff have been very welcoming, and we hope that everyone can get to know each other better through the new programme of academic and social events, details of which are on the ‘events‘ page.

New premises are in the pipeline as we say goodbye to the Holborn Union Building. We look forward to finding a new home for the highly successful Clinical Assessment Centre that recently celebrated its first birthday.

One thing that isn’t new is the success of our students and staff. In between the many social events described in the student perspective, students have managed to excel academically and comedically! 350 new UCL doctors have been released into the world, and some have recently won prizes, from the Betuel Prize in the University of London Gold Medal, to the Chortle Student Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Staff have not been left out of the honours. Many familiar faces were seen receiving Excellence in Medical Education Awards at Graduation, and others have been rewarded with Provost Teaching Awards, Travelling Fellowships and promotions. Not only this, numerous members of ACME staff presented research at the recent AMEE Conference in Lyon. And most recently Prof Jane Dacre was awarded a prestigious Woman of Achievement Award, in the Medicine and Healthcare category of the Women in the City Awards.

All of this success is reflected in the recent results of the National Student Survey in which UCL Medical School is No1 in London again! Not only this but other league tables put us at 4th in the UK and 6th in the world. With the recently launched UCLMS Education Consultancy we hope to spread this expertise far and wide. Have a great term!

Dr Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLMS

Dr Deborah Gill and Dr Anne Griffin, Deputy Directors, UCLMS

Professor Jane Dacre, Director, UCLMS



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