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17 January 2007 PR 07/05

Chief Medical Officer to give guest lecture

The Chief Medical Officer for England, Sir Liam Donaldson, will be giving a guest lecture at Loughborough University on Thursday, February 1.

Entitled ‘Safety First in 21st Century Healthcare’, the lecture is open to staff, students and members of the public.

The Chief Medical Officer for England is often referred to as the ‘Nation’s Doctor’. Sir Liam has held this historic post since 1998, only the 15th person to do so since the first Chief Medical Officer was appointed as a response to the cholera epidemics that swept Victorian England.

In keeping with the traditions of the post, Sir Liam holds critical responsibilities across the whole field of health and health care. He is the UK’s chief adviser on health issues and advises the Secretary of State for Health, the Prime Minister and other Government Ministers. He also represents the UK in international fora, including the World Health Organisation.

The lecture is being held in the Wolfson Building, lecture theatre T0.03, at 5.30pm. This is a no-ticket event and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
For further information contact Pam Taylor by calling 01509 223018 or email p.taylor@lboro.ac.uk

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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