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A series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald.
What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn't - expected of them?
For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.
This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to 'life', what tips do they wish they'd been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?
The third in the second series of conversations will be Sally Davies — Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer for England.
Sally Davies is currently the Chief Medical Officer for England — the first woman to hold this post — and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health. As a clinician with a background in research, she strives to achieve both a patient-focused and evidence-based approach to health-related policy making.
Her efforts to strengthen the links between clinical medicine and research include the successful establishment of the National Institute for Health Research in 2006, which has transformed the NHS’s approach to clinical and applied research in the UK.
In addition to her advisory role to the UK government, Sally is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and sat on the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research from 2000–2012. She was awarded a DBE for services to medicine in 2009, and in 2013 she was named the sixth most powerful woman in the UK by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Places are free but bookings are essential.
This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Jock Colville Hall.