Angela Shore

Professor Angela Shore

As the inaugural Vice-Dean Research for the University of Exeter Medical School, Professor Angela Shore is renowned as both a world class researcher in hypertension and diabetes, and an excellent strategist.

Angela is highly respected throughout the Medical School and the University, as well as in the field of medical-related science nationally and internationally. Last year she was among the first to be awarded Fellowship of the British Hypertension Society, in a new category to recognise hypertension specialists. She sits on the European Research Council's Life Sciences panel and is Treasurer to the European Society of Microcirculation, and is the EU representative on the World Microcirculation Board.

She was previously Interim Vice-Dean Research for the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry since 2009. She is the Scientific Director of the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine and Associate Director for Experimental Medicine for the UKCRN diabetes research network.

Despite this international renown, Angela said her proudest achievements are those in our own region. She explains, “I am particularly proud of bringing the first clinical science research to Exeter and contributing to the establishment of the highly successful new medical schools in the South West.”

As well as overseeing and developing the Medical School’s research strategy, which is continuing to build on it global reputation for excellence, Angela has been at the heart of a number of key developments within the Medical School, including the new Research, Innovation, learning and Development building in partnership with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust.

Angela was part of the large team that last year helped secure the Medical School’s prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award, which recognises a commitment to gender equality. She said that for her, equality for women means “breaking down barriers which make it difficult to succeed.” She added: “Breaking down barriers makes it easier for all staff – not simply for women – and should encourage flexibility of approaches to all employees.”

Her advice to others is to “believe in yourself, build networks of support and aim higher.” Many things in life bring her joy; from watching the transformation of talented PhD students into leading professionals in industry, in the NHS and in academia, to being outside in nature – particularly on the fells – and being together with her family.