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New Chair of the Faculty of Medicine: Professor Aileen Clarke

aileen-clarke-small.jpgCongratulations to Professor Aileen Clarke who will take up the role of Chair of the Faculty of Medicine from 1 May 2016.

Aileen joined Warwick Medical School in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles, including as Head of the Populations Evidence and Technologies and later as Head of the Division for Health Sciences. Aileen was educated at Oxford, and practiced for a short time as a GP before returning for postdoctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Faculty of Public Health. She leads research groups in Health Sciences with a focus on applied research, methodological development as well as theoretical enquiry and discovery.
Aileen is also Director of Warwick Evidence, and has been awarded £9million over ten years from the National Institute for Health Research. She has written national policy reports on death certification and health outcomes and, together with Professor Kate Seers, established the WMS women’s academic network. Professor Peter Winstanley will continue as Chair of the Faculty of Medicine until 31 May 2016, allowing for a handover period.

The role of the Faculty Chair

In addition to chairing the Board of the Faculty, Chairs of Faculties serve on a range of University committees and are responsible for promoting the policies, programmes and procedures within their respective Faculty. Faculty Chairs are also a source of support and act as ‘first port of call’ for heads of departments and research centres and will inform and influence the Faculty on key decisions affecting it and the University. Faculty Chairs are also engaged in the appointment processes for key academic posts within the Faculty. Chairs serve ex officio on the following formal bodies: Senate, Steering Committee, Research Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Academic Quality and Standards Committee, Capital, Space and Amenities Group, the Academic Resourcing Committee, and may also act as Chair of the Investigating Committee and Appeals Committee.