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Dean of Warwick Medical School Wins CBI First Women Science Award

Yvonne Carter
Professor Yvonne Carter
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Professor Yvonne Carter, Dean of Warwick Medical School, at the University of Warwick, has won the national Science Award at this year's CBI Real Business First Women Awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday 7 June 2006 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The awards recognise women who are trailblazers and pioneers in business - genuine 'glass ceiling' breakers. They also recognise women whose achievements or 'firsts' and individual actions have helped, or are helping, to remove barriers and open up opportunities for others to follow.

As Dean of Warwick Medical School, Yvonne has made her mark on what remains an essentially male preserve. She is only the second female dean of a UK medical school, the first dean to have a background in academic general practice and one of the youngest members of the Council of Heads of Medical Schools. She is responsible for an operation of considerable size and complexity, managing a devolved budget of around £20 million and acting as academic lead for some 260 staff, 630 medical students and over 2000 postgraduate students.

When she arrived at Warwick in 2003 she inherited a fledgling Medical School. She identified a development programme for the School and made a series of high quality appointments to key positions and has also restructured the School with clearly identified Institutes and a challenging long-term strategy that includes a commitment to medical research of international significance.

Yvonne has an established track record of expertise and achievement in health services research. She has published 25 authored-books and edited works and is author of over 70 academic journal papers. She is currently joint principal investigator of two UK evaluations of Living with Cancer and Palliative Care initiatives. In 2000 she received an OBE for services to health service research.

Sir Digby Jones, director-general, CBI and chair of the Judging panel said:

"I want women to feel that every rung on every ladder is within their reach in the world of business. It is vital that schools drive ambition and nurture aspiration in young girls, and make it absolutely clear that any dizzying height is attainable - but it is also business' responsibility to recognise and celebrate the talents that women are bringing to the Boardroom. That is what these awards are all about."

Note for editors: The awards are sponsored by Lloyds TSB Corporate, Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Morgan Stanley, Nokia, Pall-ex and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The First Women Awards are presented by the CBI and Real Business, part of organisers' Caspian Publishing portfolio of leading business titles.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager, Communications Office, University House
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
024 76 523708 or 07767 655860

Sara Milne or Gemma Cloke First Women Awards Press Office at Clareville Communications 020 7736 4022

PR42 PJD 8th June 2006