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SMD Strategy

SMD Strategy

The School of Medicine and Dentistry aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout the UK and beyond through research and teaching excellence.

We do this through 6 Strategic aims:

  • SA1: To recruit students and staff of the highest intrinsic talent and potential, and to nurture their careers.
  • SA2: To achieve the highest standards in research, integrating multi-disciplinary and translational approaches to address health related problems of local and global importance.
  • SA3: To provide all our students, wherever based, an education that is judged internationally to be of the highest quality, and which exploits innovations in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • SA4: To embed an international dimension in all QMUL activities and further enhance our stature as a leading global university.
  • SA5: To achieve maximum impact from our academic work through public engagement and partnerships with businesses, government, charities, cultural organisations, and others in the wider community.
  • SA6: To achieve and sustain financial strength to enable our academic ambitions through a balanced portfolio of activities.

We benefit from a location within a diverse population in London and the wider Thames Gateway. The local community has a high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, tuberculosis, HIV, oral disease and cancer. We are addressing these health inequalities by training outstanding and innovative clinicians and scientists, and by undertaking excellent biomedical research with a focus on translation into improved health care.

The hard work by our staff has been rewarded by excellent results in national league tables. In the National Student Survey (NSS) we had a 96 per cent student satisfaction rate in 2014 and 2015. The Complete University Guide 2016 placed Medicine 7th and Dentistry 3rd in the UK. Our Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) outputs and impact were outstanding - overall, our research quality was ranked 6th for medicine and 3rd for dentistry. 92 per cent of our dental research was considered to be world-leading. Three members of our Faculty are Fellows of the Royal Society and also have 20 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences and two National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators.

Our aim for the next five years is to grow and to further improve our research, teaching and training excellence, impacting on local, national and international communities. We will contribute and enhance the success of QMUL as a vibrant Russell Group University.