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Dean sets sights on making Cardiff the best 'all-round' medical school

01 April 2009

The new head of Wales' largest centre for medical teaching and research has set his sights on making Cardiff the best 'all-round' medical school and building on the School’s international reputation.

Professor Paul Morgan has been appointed Cardiff University’s new Dean of Medicine, responsible for leading the University’s medical research and training.

Professor Morgan, who took up his new post on the 1st April, is a specialist in Clinical Biochemistry, Head of the University’s Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology and the University’s current Dean of Medical Research.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Paul Morgan said: "I am delighted that I have been given this opportunity to influence the future direction of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. The School already enjoys an excellent reputation for training the doctors of the future and for its internationally recognised medical research - I want to build and extend on that during my tenure as Dean.

"My first priority is to ensure that Cardiff University provides excellent medical training for our students and continue to produce excellent doctors. The University, in partnership with Welsh Assembly Government and NHS Wales, has already made major financial investment in improving our students’ experience.

"Major investments in a new lecture theatre complex and a Medical Education Centre are already in progress. The new Medical Education Centre will house library, tutorial, student training and social facilities, as well the administrative centre of the School of Medicine. This will help Cardiff University create a Medical School fit for the 21st Century. As part of the student experience, I will also be striving to engage more closely with current and past students - our Alumni should be fully involved in the evolution of the School."

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the UK with some 500 academic staff and 300 support staff, together with more than 1,000 undergraduate and 1,100 postgraduate students enrolled on medical and science courses.

Professor Morgan added: "My work at Cardiff University has already led to a series of new research initiatives, including the establishment of SARTRE – a joint project with Bristol University, funded by the MRC to focus on biomedical research into therapies, interventions and diagnostics covering areas like cancer, infection and heart disease.

"As Dean, I will do all that I can to balance the main priorities of the Medical School –teaching, research and engagement with the public. My aim is to make the School of Medicine the best all-round medical school in the UK."

The School of Medicine is internationally recognised as a centre of medical research, which spans from basic science to clinical practice in hospital and community settings. The School benefits from a number of key interdisciplinary projects working across a number of University departments which include research into neuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular science, infection, immunity and inflammation.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "Professor Morgan joins the School of Medicine as Dean, at an extremely exciting if somewhat challenging time. During his time as Dean of Medical Research at the School, he has already increased the School’s international reputation.

"I wish Professor Morgan well in his new role and look forward to working with him to enhance the reputation of the School, both nationally and internationally, as a centre for medical training and research excellence."


Notes to Editors:

1. Professor Paul Morgan

Llanelli-born Professor Paul Morgan graduated from the University of Wales, College of Medicine in 1980. Following his early medical training in Cardiff, he specialised in Clinical Biochemistry obtaining his PhD in 1984.

Following two years in the US developing his research skills, Professor Morgan returned to Cardiff University to take up a lectureship in Clinical Biochemistry. He won the prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellowship in 1987, and remained a Fellow for 15 years.

In 2001, he was appointed Head of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology in the University of Wales College of Medicine and in 2007 became the Dean of Medical Research, responsible for developing the School’s Medical Research strategy.

Professor Morgan is a research specialist in Clinical Immunology and has created an internationally respected research group at Cardiff working in Complement Biology. He has published over 300 research papers and reviews and remains research-active, particularly in the role of complement in neurological and degenerative diseases.

A list of all of Professor Paul Morgan’s publications are available at:

2. School of Medicine

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research, delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.

The School is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares with the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. The School has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health.

A key partner in this role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the School is linked at all levels. This mutual dependency is illustrated by the teaching of medical undergraduates in more than 150 hospitals located in all of Wales’ health authorities. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Further Information:

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Chris Jones

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 20 874731