Message from the Head of College and Dean of Medicine

Professor Baker standing in a gardenProfessor Philip Baker

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of College and Dean of Medicine

I’m delighted to welcome you to Leicester as you embark on a critical phase of your career.

These are tremendously exciting times in Leicester. We are building an increasingly powerful partnership with the NHS Trust to ensure that both the hospitals and the University maximally benefit from the academic opportunities within the city. Leicester is in the privileged position of having an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre – the four themes act as powerhouses for academic endeavour: cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes/life style, and precision medicine.

You are joining us at a time of growth, expansion and increased investment. We have doubled the monies awarded for our clinical research activities this year – a quite remarkable achievement. We’re making new academic appointments across the range of clinical specialities – surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, psychiatry, oncology, general medicine, cardiovascular medicine, respiratory medicine – to name but a few. All of these appointments will aid the step change transformation to create an academic health centre equipped for the 21st century. These exciting innovations are underpinned by our successful bid, jointly with UHL, to establish the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute – this will act as a focus for high level clinically relevant transnational research.

In addition, the University has worked with the Trusts to appoint a network of academic champions in every discipline - who will help guide and mentor you as your academic careers develop.

I look forward to meeting with you, and learning your aspirations whatever these are, I hope we can work to help you achieve them – we will be relying on your help and endeavour over the coming years.

Very best wishes and welcome.