Monday 17 December 2012

Successful launch
Over 300 consultants, GPs and senior figures in the NHS attended launch events for the Medical School held in Exeter, Truro, Torbay and London. Presentations about UEMS research, teaching and investment were positively received. We will be following up the events by mailing a short introductory booklet about the School to those who could not attend. The booklet will be available to view on the UEMS / project website shortly.

Recruitment drive
Our recruitment campaign for new senior staff was launched nationally. Under the banner 'Are you as ambitious as we are?' we are seeking professors in areas including Functional Cell Biology, Systems Medicine, Genetics/Epigenetics, Clinical Trials, Complex Health Interventions, Experimental Medicine, and Diagnostics. We will also be advertising for the Gillings Chair in Applied Health Statistics. Posts available at other levels (Senior Lecturer and Lecturer) will be advertised in the New Year.

GMC Submission
The submission to the General Medical Council, which we require for validation of the BMBS programme, has been submitted. Thanks to all those who have been involved in bringing this together. In the New Year the first of the GMC’s visits will mark the start of the five-year approval process.

Veysey Building
The University will shortly be completing a lease on Veysey, securing the building for it’s current use by UEMS until 2015. One of the first improvements planned is a new swipe card entry system, and we are also reviewing the CCTV and external lighting. The arrangements for room bookings will change shortly. Grateful thanks to all those colleagues in Veysey for their patience whilst we work through this transition period. If you work in Veysey and have any particular concerns or queries do contact the UEMS Project team at

Biomedical research facility
The University has approved £3.8m for a new biomedical research facility at the Hatherly building on the Streatham Campus. The new facility will link into the existing Hatherly spaces and will be used for several years until the £50m Living Systems building comes on stream in 2016. These are vital facilities for new colleagues whose research faces the Medical Research Council and bridges biomedical and translational medicine.

Athena SWAN
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. The University has gained Bronze University status of the charter and the College is applying for Bronze departmental level in April 2013. Various working groups and initiatives are taking place in the College to benefit both women and men as part of the work to gain departmental status. Details of these and the College working groups can be found at

HR Support
Vicki Farish will join the College as HR Business Partner at the beginning of January 2013, reporting to Chris Lindsay. I am sure you will all welcome Vicki to the College

UEMS and PCMD Webpages
The University of Exeter Medical School website was recently launched and we are working hard to ensure that all content from the PCMD website has been transferred and is up to date. In the new year web development plans for the UEMS site include: more interactive content for students (current and prospective), a more automated staff profile system (using feeds from Trent and Symplectic) and the development of the intranet. It is now important that staff use the UEMS website as their first point of call and ensure that the pages they are responsible for are up to date on that site. The website is now managed and developed by the UEMS Web Marketing Officer, Sally Cowling, although the content of some pages (eg. research group information) is maintained by key staff members. If you need changes or alterations made to your pages, please email Sally Cowling, who is currently based in the Web Team office at Northcote House, Monday to Wednesdays. Together with our colleagues at Plymouth we have taken the decision to retain the PCMD webpages “live” for a little longer so that the research content, in particular, on the new medical schools’ sites is as good as it can be before the PCMD website functions simply as a redirection page to the two new medical schools’ websites. This means the PCMD website will remain in full operation at least throughout January and February.

For staff
Please do use the Staff Directory on the web to help you find useful information. We have improved the layout so it is easier to search for topics and are also now putting “back-issues” of the UEMS News In Brief and Steve Thornton’s locality meeting messages at the same project web location, as we are conscious not everyone can catch these first time around.

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