College Overview and Structure

Two staff members looking over a laptopThe College of Medical and Dental Sciences is the largest of the University of Birmingham's five Colleges, with over 1,700 members of staff ensuring teaching and research excellence across a wide range of pre-clinical and clinical disciplines.

College Structure

The College is structured into eight institutes:

Our institutes are focused academic units in identified areas of high-performing research and teaching excellence, each with an ambitious strategy and empowered leadership. We draw together outstanding academic, clinical, and professional services staff around coherent and highly collaborative themes. 

Professional Services

A diverse range of committed and high-performing professional services staff, managed through integrated College-wide teams, underpin and provide support to the establishment, development and delivery of all aspects of the College's activity. They support academic staff and students and provide core functions and support services in addition to delivering specialist technical services.

The model of central management with localised focus and delivery provides flexible, high-quality support according to academic need. The teams operate in close and effective partnership with colleagues across campus and in the NHS. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of the College’s strategic vision and an issue that the College’s Board takes very seriously. The College's EDI team drives and embeds behavioural and cultural change; by promoting EDI events, developing and signposting EDI related policies and services, exploring barriers to success and providing scrutiny and advocacy for strategic decisions.

The College was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in October 2020 in recognition of progress made to address gender equality in higher education and research settings, and has a race equality action plan as part of the University's Race Equality Charter Bronze award. Visit the dedicated College Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages for further information on family friendly working, key resources and policies and guidance.

Athena SWAN silver award logo

Workplace wellbeing

The College is committed to enabling a positive inclusive working environment that generates a supportive culture for all, transparent communication about what we are doing and how to get involved, and encourages feedback from all staff.

The College's EDI team maintain strong relationships with the University's Staff Networks for disabled staff, LGBTQ+ staff, parents and carers, race equality and women, to ensure these groups have input into plans and policies and so equality issues can be flagged. 

We work hard to effect positive change, such as training a network of Speak Up Guardians and Mental Health First Aiders, providing comprehensive support. We also host a programme of events to raise awareness and celebrate the diversity of our College's community throughout the year. 

Our colleagues

We’re proud to have many esteemed colleagues recognised by professional bodies and national honours, including:

  • Professor Dion Morton, Barling Professor of Surgery, who was awarded an OBE for services to innovation in the NHS in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours
  • Mrs Parbir Jagpal, who received the British Empire Medal for services to diversity and inclusion in health also in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours
  • Professor Jon Deeks, who was named an Academy of Medical Sciences Fellow in 2021
  • Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard was awarded a DBE for services to General Practice in the New Years Honours list January 2022
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Find out more about our Professional Services teams