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Reflections on 2013 – Jane Dacre

Jane Dacre 2012 picAs we approach the end of 2013, is a good time to reflect on an excellent year, to wish you all a Happy Christmas, and to look forward to 2014.

The move is completed, and apart from some minor snags, everyone looks to be settled in. We achieved what we set out to do, and now have modern working, meeting and clinical skills and teaching space. I would encourage you all to visit the new space at the Royal Free and the Whittington, if for no other reason than to look at the new bright and visible medical school colour schemes.  We are planning a visit from the new Faculty Dean in January…let’s hope he likes our colours.

A number of big pieces of academic work have also been completed in the past few weeks. We have re-tendered for the GMC Fitness to Practise project for the next five years, we have submitted to the REF (the first time UCL has ever submitted to the Education Panel), and we have applied for an Athena SWAN Silver award.

Our students continue to be a source of inspiration, and are actively developing themselves as teachers, helped by our impressive Clinical Teaching/Training Fellows. We can now claim to have the biggest cohort of trainees in medical education in the UK. The MBBS admin teams are striving valiantly to cope with the complexity of the new course, and are beginning to see the light, and continue their resilient and cheerful approach, and thanks largely to them and their efforts, we still have 93% student satisfaction, in spite of a new and challenging course.

The Medical School Education Consultancy (MSEC) is gathering momentum. We have had expressions of interest from all over the world for our services, and have greatly enjoyed hosting our cohort of clinical teachers from Ningbo University in China. They want to send several more!

Many thanks everyone for an excellent year, and I wish you all a wonderful festive break. Next year will bring great things and three new UCLMS babies too!

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Professor Jane Dacre BSc MD FRCP London, FRCP Glasgow, FRCP Edinburgh, FHEA

Director, UCL Medical School

Medical Director MRCP(UK)

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