Dean of Hull York Medical School wins award for Services to Medicine at the English Women's Awards

19 March 2018

Dean of Hull York Medical School awarded for services to medicine

The Dean of Hull York Medical School has received an award for her Services to Medicine at the inaugural English Women’s Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of British Women including female entrepreneurs, civil servants, and charity founders amongst other professionals, whose hard work, talent and commitment is often under-represented.

Professor Una Macleod was named Northern England winner at the awards ceremony in Manchester ahead of professors and other academics from the University of Manchester, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool and Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.

In addition to recognising individual achievement, the awards are intended to provide an opportunity and platform for women to inspire others.

Professor Macleod said:

“From my early years working as a GP in Glasgow to my current role as Dean of Hull York Medical School, I have always worked to improve health provision through earlier diagnosis, treatment and care.

“I am passionate about my research to tackle cancer inequalities by focusing on different regions where patients are experiencing different levels of support and treatment. This motivates me on a daily basis and I am always keen to explain the importance of this commitment to our students. By engaging them in this way, it is my intention to help instill the kind of values that will enable them to be the best doctors they can be. At Hull York Medical School, we produce a different kind of graduate – one with the scientific knowledge, problem solving and analytical skills, and communication skills needed to deliver brilliant healthcare.”

Professor Macleod is Dean and Professor of Primary Care Medicine at Hull York Medical School. She is a national leader in the area of cancer and early diagnosis research, and her work has contributed significantly to policy development.

Professor Macleod currently holds research grants from Cancer Research UK, Department of Health Policy Research Unit, the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care exploring different aspects of cancer awareness, screening, diagnosis, and palliative care. She leads a £4.9 programme grant funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research which is designed to tackle cancer inequalities in the area and also a further Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study to improving the early diagnosis of lung cancer involving community and general practice interventions.

Before joining the School in 2010, she worked in Glasgow, where she trained in medicine, as Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Care.

Professor Macleod worked half-time as a GP principal in the east end of the city, and continues to practise as a GP in Hull.

The English Women’s Awards – North 2018, organised by Creative Oceanic, have been inspired by the success of Scotland’s inaugural Women's Awards 2017 which also showcased some of the most hard working, talented and committed women in Scotland.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “For far too long women have never been appreciated for everything that they manage and achieve despite the odds and with this year marking 100 years since the vote for women, this is the perfect time to launch this awards ceremony and celebrate their outstanding achievements.”

The awards evening helped to raise funds for the official charity partner Smart Works, an organisation which empowers women in need by providing them with the attire, advice, training and confidence that they need to unlock their potential and success in the workplace.