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Welcome from the Dean


Welcome to Warwick Medical School.
We are a young medical school with big ambitions and a track record of success across research, innovation, and education, a vibrant community of students, educators and researchers.

With outstanding expertise, techniques and facilities at our fingertips, WMS has a reputation for research excellence, our researchers investigate solutions to global health challenges and our interdisciplinary research impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.

Our Biomedical researchers deliver world-class discovery science, working together as a hub for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research across the University and supports our ambition to further develop translational medicine programmes in partnership with the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW).

Our Health Scientists focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions and how the application of knowledge in these areas changes clinical practice and ultimately health outcomes.

The Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)works closely with regional NHS partners to deliver a portfolio of excellent research. Warwick CTU has the largest NIHR funded portfolio in the UK, providing the expertise to design and deliver later stage clinical trials with plans to expand innovation and translational medicine portfolios.

Our ambition is to develop a Warwick Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) that will be a key hub for the University-wide and regional health innovation ecosystem and drive improvements in patient outcomes.

We are a Centre of Excellence for learning and research with powerful collaborations, allowing us to innovate and develop strong partnerships with industry and the health care sector. Translational research is at the very heart of our strategic intent. We strive to be innovative, bold, interdisciplinary, and inspiring, while ensuring a positive research culture and an advocacy for open science.

We are leaders in the UK for Graduate Entry Medicine with our ‘Warwick Doctor’ proving to be one of the best there is, producing some of the very best graduate outcomes in the country. We have had a transformative regional impact through demonstrable improvement in the provision of quality healthcare locally.

Due to our expertise in this field, we were approached by the University of Chester and have re-entered into a partnership to support delivery of a graduate medicine programme in the North-West.

We recently expanded our education portfolio to include two undergraduate courses; MSci Integrated Natural Sciences and BSc Health and Medical Sciences that recruited their first cohorts in autumn 2020. They are truly innovative courses due to their interdisciplinary approach and our methods of teaching that differentiate us from medical faculties elsewhere. We were delighted to host the inaugural graduation and celebrate the achievements of our BSc Health and Medical Sciences graduates in July this year, many of whom are moving on to work in industry and sought after graduate programmes.

Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes aim to provide exceptional education and continued professional development for healthcare professionals across a number of areas, including advanced clinical and critical care practice, diabetes, leadership, medical education, interdisciplinary biomedical research, public health, and health research. We provide postgraduate education programmes worldwide through an innovative blended learning approach that we plan to grow with our partner iheed.

We also offer full and part time research degrees either at Warwick Medical School or in a clinical setting across PhDs, MD Doctor of Medicine, PhD by Published Work and MSc by Research.

Our vision is to be a leading world-class Medical School, known for the excellence of our education and research which ultimately transforms the lives of patients. Our core values underpin everything we do; they define who we are and how we conduct ourselves, they are key to the success of our School.

WMS was the first medical school in England to receive the bronze Athena SWAN award in 2012 and we are now a proud holder of a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to equal opportunity to all. To learn more about equality, diversity and inclusion at WMS, please visit our Athena Swan web pages.

I am dedicated and committed to ensuring we continually strive for the very best at Warwick Medical School and make a difference to improving health and wellbeing of people through our work. I am honoured to serve our community and lead the School as Dean. I welcome the opportunity to take the School’s reputation for educational excellence and world leading impactful research to the next level. We are fortunate to have truly exceptional and talented people at WMS, and a positive culture that allows our community to thrive, and create a truly collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment for all.

Professor Gavin Perkins
Dean of Medicine, Warwick Medical School
University of Warwick