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Professor Alison Curnow, co-director of medicine

Medicine co-director in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A cancer researcher who heads up the medicine programme has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

The Women in Healthcare Leadership (WIHL) project announced Professor Alison Curnow as part of their 100 Word Project, designed to shine a spotlight on inspirational female healthcare leaders.

Alison, co-director of medicine and cancer drug specialist at the University of Exeter, said: “It’s an honour to have been named as an inspirational leader and to encourage other women to take up healthcare related employment as a profession. Being part of aspiring doctors’ lives is a privilege, especially within my native Cornwall. I was the first of my extended family to leave home to attend university and want to encourage others to also realise their full potential.

“A key piece of advice I would share with anyone would be to realise that your life is happening right now, not some time in the future.”

Each day, the WIHL project feature a different inspirational person for 100 days, and Alison was named on day 27. The project is part of the Health Leadership Academy which, aims to create a bank of resources for women aspiring to become leaders in healthcare and address gender imbalances within the NHS.

Alison was named for being part of the success of the Medicine programme in Exeter, which has gone from strength-to-strength, hitting the top 10 in both the Complete University Guide 2020, and The Times 2019 guide.

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Date: 20 January 2020

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