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SMD Strategy

Over the next five years, we will pursue our strategic aims linked to the five key principles underpinning our core values:

1. Working across academic disciplines to solve present day health challenges

We will seek out and bring together a range of expertise in QMUL and our partners to address health needs and inequalities, and to rapidly translate discoveries into health benefits. This is attained through an integrated continuum bench-to-bed and vice versa.

An example of interdisciplinary cross-faculty work led by QMUL is the newly-launched Life Sciences Initiative (LSI), a multidisciplinary endeavour to establish a unique life sciences cluster in east London. Working with the local community, higher education, the NHS and industry, we will make a significant contribution to the LSI and, therefore, the health of people and populations both locally and beyond. The LSI will create a new and dynamic interface between the clinical services of our primary NHS trust partner, Barts Health NHS Trust, and life sciences research and teaching across all three Faculties of QMUL.

2. Achieving excellence through external partnerships

The Faculty has successful, long-term partnerships with local NHS Trusts and charities (e.g. Barts Health NHS Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust [ELFT], The Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Trustees and Barts Charity). Our membership of University College London Partners (UCLP) enhances our interactions with a broad range of Universities and Healthcare organisations across north east London and Essex.

In 2015, the new Barts Heart Centre was opened at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, bringing together services and staff from the London Chest and University College London hospitals. This created one of the largest cardiovascular centres in Europe, covering a population of six million people across North and East London.

A further example of partnership is the establishment of a Barts and The London School of Medicine in Malta. The new School will deliver the QMUL curriculum with the full support of the Government of Malta. We will follow this by exploring opportunities for integrated research and training in southern Europe.

Over the next five years, we will elaborate and expand working relationships in the UK, EU and worldwide with institutions and organisations that embrace our aims and values and share our dedication to educational and research excellence.

3. Translating research rapidly for health benefit

Translating research into improved health and wellbeing is a key element of our business. We are committed to supporting the highest quality science that improves our understanding of disease mechanisms, and to ensure its translation into patient benefits. Working with end-users of our research, including industry, the NHS, policymakers and the public,

we will reduce the delay from innovation and discovery to implementation to improve healthcare.

4. Developing careers through a supportive academic pathway

Recognising that our staff and students are our most important assets, we will sustain and protect a supportive environment. We will provide enhanced and equitable career development for existing staff, acknowledging the wide range of skills and competences required by academics and those who support them. We will nurture careers to ensure existing staff are able to develop to their full potential, always aiming for excellence in research, training and education.

Recognising that we need to grow the leaders and academic stars of the future, we have launched an initiative to recruit individuals in the early part of their academic careers.

For example, an initiative in 2012 attracted a cohort of 33 outstanding early career researchers who made a substantial contribution to our excellent REF results. We also recruited

a cadre of enthusiastic clinical teaching fellows to deliver and develop a range of educational initiatives on our MBBS programmes. They have expanded and improved the quality of our community placements and enhanced e-learning and anatomy capability. We will continue to invest in new talent.

5. Maintaining and developing our commitment to teaching excellence

The excellence of teaching characterises and distinguishes us across all of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This is the bedrock of our success. We will maintain and improve our high educational standards.