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Professor Dame Jessica Corner



Professor Dame Jessica Corner is Professor of Cancer and Supportive Care.  She joined the University of Nottingham on 1 January 2016 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange).

Jessica has over 30 years experience in Higher Education.  One of the first students to graduate with a degree in Nursing from London University, she went on to specialize in Cancer Nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital.  She gained her PhD in 1990 from Kings College London.  She was Director of the Centre of Cancer and Palliative Care Studies and Deputy Dean (Nursing) at the Institute of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital for 12 years and was the first nurse to be appointed to a Chair at the Institute.  She joined the University of Southampton in 2002.  In 2005 she was seconded to Macmillan Cancer Support to work as Director of Improving Cancer Services returning to Southampton University in 2008 to become Head of the School of Health Sciences.  She was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Southampton University from 2010 until December 2015.

Jessica continues to hold a number of key national roles.  She is Chair of the Council of Deans for Health and Chair of HEFCE UK Health Education Advisory Committee (UKHEAC).  She was awarded a DBE in 2014 for services to Health Care Research and Education and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.


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