Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
The Faculty, one of three in the University, includes Biosciences, Dentistry, Medical Sciences Education Development and Psychology, in addition to the traditional medical disciplines.
It has focused its core research activity at the basic science/clinical interface into seven Research Institutes that contain internationally strong research in ageing, genetics, cancer, health and society, biosciences, cellular medicine and neurosciences.
The Faculty was ranked eighth in the UK overall for all “medical” units of assessment combined in the 2008 RAE. Based on research power it was ranked fifth for hospital-based clinical subjects and fourth for laboratory-based clinical subjects in the UK. It was also in the top ten in cancer studies, dentistry, psychiatry, neuroscience and clinical psychology. Cancer studies and laboratory-based subjects were also ranked third on research quality.
The Faculty has an excellent record in teaching, with Medicine coming top and 5 of the other 8 subject areas in its provision achieving higher than 90% satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
Undergraduate teaching is organised in four ‘streams’ – medicine, dentistry, psychology and biosciences, with a total undergraduate population of over 3000. Dentistry, Psychology and Bioscience degrees are administered by the Schools of Dental Sciences, Psychology and Biomedical Sciences respectively, while the undergraduate medical programme is administered at Faculty level.
The Graduate School currently has over 800 postgraduate students registered for both taught and research degrees.
The Faculty has benefited from a significant period of capital refurbishment, funded largely through the Science Research Infrastructure Fund (SRIF) and University investment. In addition, successful bids to Wellcome, the Department of Health and One North East (the Regional Development Agency) have resulted in strategic capital developments at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality.
The Faculty is also a key player in the development of Newcastle Science City. The Newcastle Science City initiative aims to establish North East England as one of the world’s premier locations for the integration of science, business and economic development, and to break down barriers between science and the wider regional community for the benefit of all.
The project targets commercialisation of research in four key areas: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine; Ageing and Health; Molecular Engineering; and Energy and the Environment.
The Trust and the Faculty have formed a strategic partnership – Newcastle Biomedicine – which benefits from key synergies between the two organisations, acting essentially as an Academic Health Science Allegiance. This is overseen by an Executive which includes the Chief Executive, Medical Director, Chief Operating Officer, R&D Director, Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Clinical Medicine. It is responsible for the continuing development of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and has a Joint Research Executive, Joint Business Executive and Joint Education Executive. There is also a Joint Research Office and state-of-the-art Clinical Research Platforms. For further information click here.