Prof. Jane Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School, has won the Medicine & Healthcare Category for the 2012 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award. The announcement was made at the Celebration evening, sponsored by Lusso, held in the Museum of London, Docklands, on Tuesday 30th October.
Prof Dacre was one of just seven eminent women who secured success and won their category. The highly competitive award scheme saw a wide variety of talented female executives from across London and the Home Counties go head-to-head to compete for the Women in the City Award.
On winning the award Jane said; “I am delighted to have won this award. Working in a Russell group University, and Medical School can be challenging for young women, particularly clinical academics. To be recognised for this award will help to show those coming through, that, although it is still a tough environment, it is an exciting place to be, and worth the challenge. I would not be here without the support of a fantastic team of colleagues, who have kept me sane along the way.”
On presenting the award, Dr Fiona Cornish, President of The Medical Women’s Federation commented; “Professor Jane Dacre is a trailblazer in medical education with her work on women doctors, spotlighting the needs of an increasing proportion of women in the profession. She has led investigations into the impact of gender and ethnicity on the achievements of medical students and doctors. As Director of University College London Medical School, she is responsible for a large medical education budget and the training of 400 newly-qualified doctors each year – and yet still manages to have a fulfilling family life. She is respected for her down-to-earth and collaborative approach and truly is a beacon and role model for women in the medical profession for the 21st century. “
The Award judging panel is chaired by Prof Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, Director, Cranfield International Research Centre for Women Leaders. The principal aim of the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award is to highlight and formally recognise those women who, as well as fulfilling a demanding senior level role, are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women in their organisation and sector.
Prof. Dacre will now go on to contend for the overall 2012 Woman of Achievement Award. The main Woman of Achievement Award prize for 2012 includes a place on the prestigious Accelerated Development Program delivered by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business at its London campus. This prize will be presented on Friday, 23rd November at the 10th Annual Women in the City Celebration Lunch held at Plaisterers’ Hall, London.
We wish her luck, and hope to report more good news soon!