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Appointment of Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry offers access to world-leading expertise right in the heart of London. Comprising six specialist institutes and over thirty research centres, the outcomes of the REF 2014 exercise ranked the School of Medicine and Dentistry in the top six for Clinical Medicine, top five for Primary Care and Public Health and top three for Dental Schools.

This highly regarded research base informs our teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The largest recipient of charitable income among UK medical schools, our world-leading academics are grouped across research in Cancer, Cardiovascular, Inflammation, Population Health, Trauma and the Faculty also has strengths in cross-cutting areas such as translational medicine, genetics and informatics. Through partnership with linked NHS Hospital trusts, notably Barts Health Trust, the School’s research and teaching is informed by an exceptionally wide ranging and stimulating clinical environment. In recognition of our commitment to promoting the advancement of women’s careers in science, the School has a Silver level Athena SWAN Charter award.

In 2015, a new £234m Barts Heart Centre opened at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, creating one of the largest cardiovascular centres in Europe, covering a population of six million people across North and East London.

Since 2012, our Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry has been recognised as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, the only one specifically for Mental Health Service Development worldwide.

School highlights

  • 2337 undergraduate students
  • 1327 taught postgraduate students and 445 postgraduate research students.
  • £170m annual turnover with research grant income of around £70m
  • The Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is one of the top five cancer research centres in the UK, and is 1 of 13 Cancer Research UK centres of excellence.
  • As well as working with the NHS, we are members of numerous initiatives including UCLPartners Limited (as a Founding Partner) and MedCity. We are pleased to host Genomics England, a Department of Health initiative launched to deliver the 100,000 genomes project, on our Charterhouse Square Campus.
  • The School leads an innovative Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) on behalf of North East London Health (which includes all NHS bodies in NE London). The HIEC focuses on research and pioneering new approaches for treatments of common diseases.
  • Our research benefits from our location within a diverse London population.  We are addressing health inequalities in East London and beyond, through working with our local community, which has a high prevalence of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis and HIV. 
  • Our teaching delivery is expanding: Queen Mary has a base in the new Dental Hospital in Whitechapel, which is the first teaching dental hospital to be built in the UK for 40 years; SMD has opened a new medical school in Malta and the first cohort of MBBS students started in September 2017.

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