She will take up her new role as Professor of Medical Education and Dean of Medical Education on 1 April.
Helen is currently at the University of Edinburgh - which has a prestigious medical school of international reputation - where she is Professor of Undergraduate Medical Education and the Director of the Centre for Medical Education.
Professor Asif Ahmed, Executive Dean of Aston Medical School and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health, Aston University, said: “Helen comes to us from a stellar university and my old medical school which produces doctors of the very highest calibre. Her wealth of experience will be of enormous benefit to Aston Medical School, its students and also the West Midlands region. Her role will be to deliver and quality assure the MBChB medical degree programme and help us in our drive to advance innovation in medical education in England.”
Professor Cameron said: “I look forward to joining Professor Ahmed and team at the new, vibrant and visionary medical school at Aston. It really is an exciting opportunity to develop an innovative undergraduate MBChB programme in this context.”
Edinburgh’s enviable record in medical education dates back nearly 300 years and its medical school is known throughout the world because of the influence of its graduates and staff on clinical practice, the medical sciences, and education. It has also become one of the UK’s top centres for medical research.
Helen qualified in medicine at Edinburgh and went on to posts in general medicine and palliative care before moving into higher education. She took up a Fellowship in Medical Education in Edinburgh in 1998 and became Director of the Centre for Medical Education (CME) in 2003. In addition to overseeing change in the undergraduate medical programme, the CME has developed into an academic unit with postgraduate degrees in medical education and an international profile.
Three years ago, Helen received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award at the University of Edinburgh for her contribution to transforming the education of medical students in Edinburgh, Europe and Africa and she continues to contribute her expertise to international projects developing university education.
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