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UCL top in clinical senior lectureship awards

14 June 2007

Eleven UCL academics have received clinical senior lectureships from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as part of a scheme to support clinical academics' career development.

Dr Persis Amrolia

UCL won over one-quarter of the total of 38 awards made to academics at universities across England, more than any other university in the country. Imperial came second with six awards, followed by Cambridge and Oxford with three each.

The UCL academics to win the lectureships are:

•    Dr Persis Amrolia (UCL Institute of Child Health)
•    Dr John Hurst (UCL Centre for Respiratory Research)
•    Dr Rajeshwar Mookerjee (Institute of Hepatology at UCL)
•    Dr Stuart Taylor (UCL Centre for Medical Imaging)
•    Dr Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health)
•    Dr Nicholas Ward (UCL Institute of Neurology)
•    Dr David Werring (UCL Institute of Neurology)
•    Dr Anna David (UCL Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
•    Dr James Moon (UCL Centre for Cardiology in the Young)
•    Dr Neil Sebire (UCL Institute of Child Health)
•    Dr Martin Widschwendter (UCL Institute of Women's Health).

UCL's success this year builds on the five clinical senior lectureships the university won in 2006, the first year the awards were made. This year, over 91 applications were received for the posts.

"UCL takes great pride in this recognition of our academics' excellence and promise. The high number of awards we received reflects the quality and professionalism of our staff, and will be a valuable strand in the university's own strategy to nurture academics with the potential to lead their fields on a global level," said UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant.

"These new clinical senior lectureships will provide excellent career opportunities for our best clinical academics. Senior clinical academics provide a crucial role combining research and teaching with medical care. Their contribution is vital in securing advances in healthcare for patients," said Professor Sir John Tooke, Dean of the Peninsula Medical School and Chair of the Health Education Advisory Committee and the Medical Schools Council who chaired the selection panel.

"The awards also ensure the training of future doctors and dentists incorporates research awareness and will help the UK maintain its excellent reputation for clinical research."

HEFCE and local NHS trusts have committed £100 million to fund up to 200 posts that will be awarded over five years. The scheme is part of a programme to improve career pathways for researchers in medicine and dentistry, initiated by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

To find out more about the awards, follow the link at the bottom of this article.

Image: Dr Persis Amrolia, one of the eleven new UCL clinical senior lecturers