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New Head appointed at Manchester Medical School

11 Jul 2011

The University of Manchester has appointed Professor Tony Freemont as the new Head of Undergraduate Medical Education for Manchester Medical School.

Tony Freemont is Professor of Osteoarticular Pathology at the University and previously held the post of Head of the School of Biomedicine.

Committed to excellence in undergraduate education, teaching forms a large part of Professor Freemont’s time. In particular he lectures on the intercalated Pathology BSc, is an academic advisor, and takes undergraduate research projects in the history of medicine and regenerative medicine.

He has previously held a number of education posts within the University and was the academic lead for the Teaching Quality Assurance in 2000 when the medical undergraduate programme was judged to be the best in the country by HEFCE (the government body that funds University education) and the General Medical Council.

As a Pathologist who undertook his training at the University, Professor Freemont is also an Honorary Consultant Pathologist specialising in bone and joint disease and is an internationally recognised expert in this field.

His outstanding clinical and research skills saw him being awarded an MD for being the first person to show how blood vessels help fight disease.

His research into defining the impact of a dynamic bone disease and the early management of arthritis has also resulted in changes to clinical practice.

Outgoing Head of School, Professor David Thompson, said: "Tony is an excellent teacher and researcher and I know that he will do a fantastic job in continuing to lead the Medical School from strength to strength. I am confident that he will ensure that Manchester remains a leading medical school in the country for teaching.”

Professor Freemont said: “I am thrilled to be leading the medical undergraduate programme. I consider this to be one of the most challenging and exciting jobs in the University and look forward to continuing to improve the student experience and the quality of education our students receive.”