UCL Medical School


Professor Jane Dacre to receive DBE

14 June 2018

We are delighted to announce that Jane Dacre has been awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours! Jane is a Professor of Medical Education with us, was previously Director, and is a UCL alumna – so we are incredibly proud and happy for her.


Jane has said:

‘I am delighted to have been awarded a DBE. It makes a huge difference to have been recognised for the work I have done over many years in medicine, and medical education. I am in debt to all of the wonderful colleagues and organisations I have worked with, and who have supported me throughout my career to date. I am particularly proud to be recognised as a medical educator, as we are often unsung heroes, but strive to make a difference to the next generation.’

The Honour Citation from the Cabinet Office


Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, has made unrivalled contributions to medicine and medical education, driving up standards and securing international recognition. She has promoted improved models of healthcare provision and has stressed the importance of integrated care and support for trainees.


She was elected Academic Vice President at the RCP. Her leadership of the MBBS curriculum and examinations at UCL Medical School led to over 93% satisfaction ratings in the National Students’ Survey. She has led the restructuring of examination and assessment processes in medicine to ensure fairness and reliability and has developed assessment processes for doctors referred for poor clinical performance. In October 2017, she opened phase 1 of a major new RCP clinical centre of excellence in Liverpool, with plans for a bespoke building in 2020.


She has worked tirelessly to improve diversity, leading a dramatic shift in the demographic of the RCP Council with more women and BME candidates standing and being elected than ever before. As Medical Director of the MRCP, she encouraged the publication of examination results by gender and ethnicity and contributed to research on examiner bias. She is co-creator of the GALS screen, a new and simple way of examining the joints, now taught in all UK medical schools and internationally. She continues to deliver care to patients as a rheumatologist.