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Matched visions for the future of education

The latest edition of Comment, King’s quarterly newsletter for staff, students and friends of the College, includes a feature on the two new Deans of Education who will work alongside each other in the new Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, a restructure of the Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences that takes place in September this year.

In advance of the new Faculty structure, Professor Stuart Carney has been appointed Dean of Medical Education. He is already working closely with Dr Ian McFadzean, Dean of Bioscience Education, with a joint aim of ensuring that both Schools benefit from good quality teaching. Both Deans are eager to reassure students that, despite the size of the new Faculty (which will incorporate a School of Medical Education and a School of Bioscience Education), the support they receive from their Schools will be enhanced, with long-term improvements to education planned. 

In the Comment feature, Professor Carney says: ‘My primary responsibility is to make sure our graduates are good doctors who deliver safe and effective patient-centred care. We want them to fulfil their potential, be committed to life-long learning and be able to adapt to the changing needs of patients. We will help our medical students to do all of this by ensuring they get the best possible university and clinical education.’

Dr McFadzean, who has won numerous accolades from students during his time at King’s, including the annual Teaching Excellence Award, continues: ‘I hope that I have a reputation for being student centred and would like to think students know I have their best interests at heart. We’ve recently held our first student forum meeting for science students, chaired by students. It gives them a chance to quiz me and discuss any issues they are concerned about.’

Both Deans are committed to working together to improve education at King’s, for the benefit of both current students and for those who will attend the College in future.

Read the whole feature in Comment.