February 5 2009
A £200,000 refurbishment of a University of Nottingham research division has been officially opened by the Department of Health's Chief Pharmaceutical Officer.
Dr Keith Ridge visited the School of Pharmacy on University Park campus on Thursday January 29 to launch the re-vamped office suite for its Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health.
The division carries out research into medicines and the role of pharmacists in public health, with a view to influencing practice and policies to improve patient health and to maximise resources ploughed into healthcare services.
Specific research themes that are explored by academics within the division include public health, safety, prescribing quality, the use of medicines, health economics and pharmacy education.
Professor Saul Tendler, head of the School of Pharmacy, said: “When people think of pharmacy research they tend to think of laboratories and white coats rather than the social aspects of the profession.
“Our Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health is offering new insights into the vital importance that medicines and pharmacists play in our communities, while perfectly complementing the school’s world-leading scientific research and the excellent education we offer to pharmacists of the future.”
The opening of the refurbished office suite, jointly funded by the School of Pharmacy and the University’s Space Management Committee, was marked by the unveiling of a plaque by Dr Ridge, who also took the opportunity to take a tour of the School of Pharmacy’s research and teaching facilities during his recent visit.
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: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University 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), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Social Research in Medicines and Health 1 — (from left) Head of the Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health Professor Rachel Elliott, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge and Head of the School of Pharmacy Professor Saul Tendler.
Social Research in Medicines and Health 2 — Head of the Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health Professor Rachel Elliott, left of plaque, and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge, right of plaque, with staff and students from the School of Pharmacy.