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Bradford appoints first Director of Medical Education


The University of Bradford has appointed Professor Martin McAreavey as its first Director of Medical Education.

Professor McAreavey will lead the development of the Undergraduate Medical Programme at Bradford, working in collaboration with local NHS Partners, the General Medical Council, Department of Health, and Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Martin has a strong track record in medical education and will represent the University regionally, nationally and internationally.

Professor McAreavey’s appointment will support the University’s ambition to develop a medical school in response to the Department of Health’s objective to make the NHS self-sufficient in doctors by 2025.

Professor McAreavey said: “I am delighted to be coming to the University of Bradford to take on this important role and I look forward to working with students, colleagues and partners in helping to lead and deliver an exceptional experience for health professions students.”

He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Medical Psychology and MBChB from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He trained as a General Medical Practitioner (GP) in Scotland, becoming a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), before moving to England to train as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. He later became a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Most recently he was Deputy Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education and an Associate Professor.

Professor McAreavey is an Honorary Consultant with Public Health England, a Non-Executive Board Director for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Shirley Congdon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said: “I am delighted that Professor McAreavey has agreed to take up this important position. He has significant experience in the field of medical education and will provide strong leadership at a time when we are intending to expand our health portfolio to include undergraduate medical education and to transform the approach to medical and health care education more broadly. Professor McAreavey understands the challenges facing our healthcare system and the importance of assuring quality care whilst seeking out more effective and efficient approaches to prediction, prevention, diagnosis and care.”

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