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of Medicine and Health Sciences. A list of honorary appointments
and promotions ratified by Medicine and Health Sciences Board in
September 2012 and May 2013 is contained in appendix 1. We are
delighted to acknowledge their important contribution to our work.
Academic staff promotions were re-opened this year after a four
year gap. Promotions for 2013 which were recently approved at the
Medicine and Health Sciences Board are listed in appendix 2. I would
like to congratulate and sincerely thank all these individuals for their
hard work, contribution and on-going commitment to the College,
which has helped them to reach the next level in their academic
careers.

The quality of our existing Faculty continued to be recognised
externally with a number of national and international high
profile awards. Among the highlights was Professor Kevin Nolan
(Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) winning a
National Academy for Integration in Research, Teaching and Learning
(NAIRTL) award in November 2012.
Professor Kieran Murphy has been appointed Vice Dean for
Professionalism and will work closely with the Health Professions
Education Centre to develop and disseminate professionalism
throughout the curriculum.
Professor John Waddington, Department of Molecular and Cellular
Therapeutics, received the inaugural Basic Science Award of
the Schizophrenia International Research Society by the Society
President, Professor Sir Robin Murray, FRS. This award was made
in recognition of Professor Waddington's outstanding achievement
during his 30-year career.
Professor Clive Lee, Department of Anatomy, was conferred with an
Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, in recognition of over 20
years of interdisciplinary research involving anatomists from RCSI
and engineers from Trinity.
Professor Mary Leader, Department of Pathology was awarded the
President's Medal of the British Division of the International Academy
of Pathology (BDIAP). This medal is awarded by the Council of
the BDIAP to someone "who has made a major contribution to
pathology education" at an international level. This is the first
time that the medal has been awarded to an Irish Pathologist,
representing a great honour for Professor Leader, for RCSI and for
Irish Pathology.
Students and Graduates
Our primary purpose within the Faculty of Medicine and Health
Sciences continues to be to create a desire for, and to share our
knowledge with, our students. We aim to nurture, to challenge and
to motivate our students to realise their full potential, not just as
undergraduates, but by creating life-long professional learners.
The sixth edition of the RCSI Student Medical Journal was published
in April 2013. This high quality, student led publication serves to
further cement the importance of undergraduate research and
establishes the role of peer review of research at this early stage of
their careers within the RCSI medical programme.
June 2013 Conferring
June was a hive of activity, with conferring ceremonies in Dublin,
Bahrain and Penang. In Dublin, 227 graduands were conferred with
the MB BCh BAO and the RCPI and RCSI historical licentiates. We
were delighted to invite back one of our esteemed graduates the
Rt Hon Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE to receive the third
RCSI honorary doctorate to and to address our 2013 graduates.
Lord Darzi was chosen to receive the RCSI honorary doctorate to
recognise the outstanding contributions he has made in the fields
of medicine and surgery. The Honorary Doctorate Award was
established in 2011 to recognise career excellence and to provide
an inspiration to our students on their graduation day.
November 2012 Conferring
In November 2012, RCSI conferred 835 students at four conferring
ceremonies, including undergraduate medicine, pharmacy and
physiotherapy, degrees of masters in pharmacy, masters of surgery
and higher degrees by research, masters of science (MSc) degrees,
and postgraduate degrees in nursing and midwifery.

Among those conferred were the first 3U Partnership graduates
joint MSc programme in Organisational Change and Leadership
Development. The programme is the result of an innovative
partnership between Beaumont Hospital, DCU Business School
and the RCSI Institute of Leadership and is the only bespoke
hospital MSc programme in Ireland. Within the Higher Degrees by
Research candidates were Scholars from two prestigious HRB funded
structured PhD programmes in "Diagnostics and Therapeutics for
Human Disease" and in "Health Services Research".
Retirements
We extend our very best wishes to a number of Faculty-related
retirements this year: Professor Kevin Nolan, Professor and Head of
Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry and Head
of the School of Postgraduate Studies and Mr. Alec Elliot, Senior
Lecturer and Head of Biology. Kevin and Alec will be truly missed
and will be remembered as esteemed members of Faculty for their
commitment, endeavour and enormous contribution to the College
over the past 26 and 39 years respectively.
Conclusion
I would like to thank our excellent Faculty, supported by the
hardworking Faculty Executive and Vice Deans, staff of Student,
Academic and Regulatory Affairs, Academic Departments, student
support and welfare services and all those other departments and
units throughout College who contributed to the student experience,
for all of our shared achievements in the last year your collective
commitment to the College means that our students are very well
served and prepared for their career, whatever and wherever that
may be in the future.
Lord Darzi was chosen to receive the RCSI honorary
doctorate to recognise the outstanding contributions
he has made in the fields of medicine and surgery.