Key appointment to new Aston Medical School

Dean of Medical Education, Aston Medical School
Professor of Medical Education Helen Cameron

8 March 2017

  • Key appointment at Birmingham’s new medical school announced
  • Role to include establishing degree programme at Aston Medical School

Helen Cameron, one of the UK’s highly regarded medical educators, has been appointed to a key position in the new Aston Medical School at Aston University, Birmingham.

She will take up her new role as Professor of Medical Education and Dean of Medical Education on 1 April.

Helen is currently at the University of Edinburgh - which has a prestigious medical school of international reputation - where she is Professor of Undergraduate Medical Education and the Director of the Centre for Medical Education.

Professor Asif Ahmed, Executive Dean of Aston Medical School and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health, Aston University, said: “Helen comes to us from a stellar university and my old medical school which produces doctors of the very highest calibre. Her wealth of experience will be of enormous benefit to Aston Medical School, its students and also the West Midlands region. Her role will be to deliver and quality assure the MBChB medical degree programme and help us in our drive to advance innovation in medical education in England.”

Professor Cameron said: “I look forward to joining Professor Ahmed and team at the new, vibrant and visionary medical school at Aston. It really is an exciting opportunity to develop an innovative undergraduate MBChB programme in this context.” 

Edinburgh’s enviable record in medical education dates back nearly 300 years and its medical school is known throughout the world because of the influence of its graduates and staff on clinical practice, the medical sciences, and education. It has also become one of the UK’s top centres for medical research.

Helen qualified in medicine at Edinburgh and went on to posts in general medicine and palliative care before moving into higher education. She took up a Fellowship in Medical Education in Edinburgh in 1998 and became Director of the Centre for Medical Education (CME) in 2003.  In addition to overseeing change in the undergraduate medical programme, the CME has developed into an academic unit with postgraduate degrees in medical education and an international profile. 

Three years ago, Helen received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award at the University of Edinburgh for her contribution to transforming the education of medical students in Edinburgh, Europe and Africa and she continues to contribute her expertise to international projects developing university education.


Notes to the editor

  • The new Aston Medical School is scheduled to open its doors to its first medical undergraduate students in the autumn of 2018. In addition to a small number of places reserved for local students from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds who complete the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme and meet also the entry criteria, the School will accept up to 80 international* medical students each year. (*subject to change)
  • Work to build a purpose-designed medical school at the heart of the Aston University campus is due to commence in 2017 at a cost of £15 million.
  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry.
  • Aston'sVice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Alec Cameron, is the principal academic and executive officer of the University. Alec has overall responsibility for Aston's executive management and day-to-day direction.

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