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Professor Dame Pam Shaw is appointed to Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We are delighted to announce the appointment of SITraN Director Professor Dame Pamela Shaw as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

Professor Dame Pam Shaw said: "I am honoured and truly delighted to be invited to take up the Pam_cropped.jpgappointment of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. We have a very special University, founded by the people of the city, at the cutting edge of research and innovation in so many areas, and providing a vibrant and stimulating environment for our students and staff.

"I am very much looking forward to working with the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Keith Burnett, and with the CEO of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sir Andrew Cash, and their senior management teams to build on the existing strengths of our successful Faculty so that we can develop our full potential on the international stage and attract the resources needed in terms of high-quality people and funding to achieve this. In my new role I will try to get the very best out of our talented workforce of staff and students in teaching and learning and in research. I will be encouraging clinicians and scientists to work together to harness research advances and translate these discoveries into benefits for human health and wellbeing and for the prosperity and reputation of our city and region.”

During her eminent career Pam has supervised the research training of over 100 colleagues and generated over £52 million in research funding. She has also held a wide range of senior clinical and leadership roles in regional and national centres in her areas of research.She was made a Dame in 2014 in recognition for her internationally-recognised contribution to neurosciences, and particularly through the pioneering work she leads at SITraN.

Professor Pam Shaw will continue to oversee her programme of research into motor neuron disease (MND) at SITraN, a cause to which she has been dedicated since her early medical career and which has led to the creation of SITraN in 2010, now a world-leading centre for basic and clinical research into neurodegenerative disease. Her new role as PVC will be supported by the appointment of a high quality Scientific Director for SITraN to ensure the continued momentum and upward trajectory of the translational neuroscience research in SITraN.

Professor Shaw said: “A recent university-wide review has identified neuroscience research in Sheffield, and SITraN in particular, as a key strength and future research focus for the University. The role of PVC will allow me to build on this and continue to improve the outcomes for patients with MND while sharing my experience in interdisciplinary translational research to develop and benefitThe Queen with PJS and JCK.jpg other key research areas within the Faculty.

"I take up this role from my colleague Professor Tony Weetman who has led the Medical School and then the Faculty for the last 16 years. As a result of his leadership, I will be inheriting a very successful Faculty, with an award-winning team of professional services staff; research teams in biomedical sciences that were top-ranked in the most recent national Research Exercise Framework; a happy and well-supported cohort of students who ranked Sheffield very highly in the recent National Student Survey; and some wonderful new research facilities including the NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine and SITraN.”

Professor Dame Pam Shaw will take up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health from 4 January 2016 and will work with Professor Tony Weetman to ensure a smooth transition.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett commented:
“I am absolutely delighted that Professor Dame Pam Shaw has agreed to lead the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, and I am sure that she will be a tremendous asset in our work together.

"As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Pam will unite her enormous sense of vision and purpose with the strengths of our University and excellent-rated Teaching Hospital Trust. She is committed to working closely with internal partners in the Faculties of Science and Engineering, to focus, strengthen and sustain our excellent biomedical and life sciences research and also steer the continued growth and success of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. She is also determined to build on her strong and long term relationships with key colleagues in NHS to address the biggest health challenges facing our country, our health service and our world today.

"Pam has broad experience of academic, clinical and institutional leadership in a range of settings as well as an inclusive approach and I have no doubt that she will be a tremendous addition to the Executive Board. She will shape the Faculty’s vision for the future, working collaboratively with an exceptional community of colleagues and students to build a strong future for the University and all those who will benefit from its work, while continuing to provide visionary leadership in her own areas of academic expertise."

The Vice-Chancellor added: "I would also like to offer my thanks to Professor Weetman who has demonstrated an enormous commitment to the University over his many years in leading the Medical School and in the past eight years as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty. He has made a real difference in the world of clinical and higher education leadership and as a member of the University’s Executive Board, and we wish him the very best in his retirement."

Professor Weetman will continue his role with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust Board and other senior commitments until his retirement during the summer of 2016.