University of Edinburgh, School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Edinburgh, UK
The University of Edinburgh's academic structure is based on 3 Colleges containing a total of 22 Schools; focus is placed on the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health (SCSCH), established in 1998, which has a long held international research reputation. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. As a world-leading centre of academic excellence SCSCH aims to: a) Enhance its position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure its performance against the highest international standards; and b) Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.
SCSCH comprises four Divisions, each with several Sections: Clinical and Surgical Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Medical and Radiological Sciences, and Reproductive and Developmental Sciences. Its interdisciplinary research centres aim to conduct world class research. The Centre for Reproductive Biology maximises the benefits of integrating basic sciences and clinical research in a common environment. In 1989 it was officially designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. The Centre for Inflammation Research was established to bring together internationally outstanding researchers in inflammation harnessing the skills of both basic and clinical scientists. The Centre provides a focus for high quality multidisciplinary research in topics of population health importance, typically involving the development and application of statistical, epidemiological and social science methods. The mission of the Centre for Cardiovascular Science is to promote excellence in research and training in sciences relevant to cardiovascular disease.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Members of SCSCH staff engage in research, teaching, NHS service and consultancy. Divisions were created in 1998 as the main administrative layer within the University. NHS Service is achieved primarily through the General Practice Section, which runs a general medical practice. Consultancy to government, the NHS and industry is undertaken by many staff. Research and Professional Training is an important activity for SCSCH, and it is accomplished predominantly through an ongoing large multi-disciplinary postgraduate research student group.
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