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Leading cardiology expert appointed at RGU

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Susan Dawkes
RGU has appointed leading cardiology expert, Professor Susan Dawkes, as Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice (SNMP).

In her new role, Prof. Dawkes will lead the School’s partnerships and collaboration with the health and social care sector and its provision of high-quality health education and research.

Prof. Dawkes joins RGU from Edinburgh Napier University where she was a Professor in Cardiovascular Health at the School of Health and Social Care and part of the School's Senior Leadership team.

Professor Steve Olivier, Principal and Vice Chancellor commented: “Prof. Dawkes brings a wealth of experience in cardiology, nursing and leadership and will be a tremendous asset to the University, which is one of the largest providers of allied health professionals for the region.

“Under her leadership, the School will continue to produce highly skilled graduates who contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the community.”

Since October 2019, Prof. Dawkes has held the position of President and Trustee of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. This multidisciplinary membership organisation provides support to its healthcare professional members to enable them to deliver high quality, evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation for patients with cardiovascular disease.

She is also an Honorary Research Consultant for the Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation teams at NHS Lothian, where she supports clinical healthcare professionals in their research, service evaluation and improvement.

Prof. Dawkes added: “I am delighted to be joining the excellent team at RGU which has a proven track record of providing dynamic and transformational learning and teaching, as well as research that makes a leading contribution to improving local and national health and wellbeing.

“I look forward to working with the staff and students at RGU to further enhance our delivery of student-centred, demand-led, contemporary teaching and learning and to grow the research portfolio.  I want RGU to enhance its reputation as a leading institution for nursing, midwifery and paramedic practice education and research.”

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