Terence Stephenson, Professor of Child Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at The University of Nottingham, has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Professor Stephenson will serve a three-year term from April 2009 until 2012.
A practising doctor specialising in child health, his areas of expertise and research interest include foetal programming, neonatal nutrition and acute paediatrics. Professor Stephenson is also a Non-Executive Director of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
He said: "It is a huge honour and a privilege to be elected by one's peers to serve paediatricians and children."
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Colin Campbell, said: "Terence Stephenson's election is excellent news for doctors working in child health in the United Kingdom and represents a significant achievement by a senior academic at The University of Nottingham.
"He has been an outstanding Dean of Medicine and we are delighted he should receive such recognition. We are all very pleased to congratulate him."
Peter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Professor Stephenson. This is an outstanding accolade and one which recognises his excellent work and commitment to the profession. We are fortunate to have such a distinguished national figure contribute to Nottingham's patient care."
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It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.