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​Leadership transition at LKCMedicine sees new Vice-Deans for Faculty Affairs and Education appointed

Published on: 20-Jul-2020

This July, LKCMedicine announced two senior leadership changes. Earlier this month, Associate Professor Andrew Tan took on the role of Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs following the retirement of Professor Michael Ferenczi. The second appointment followed the announcement that Vice-Dean for Education Professor Naomi Low-Beer will be leaving the School to pursue a new opportunity back in the UK. Taking on the mantle from Prof Low-Beer is Professor Jennifer Cleland, who will officially take over the reins as Vice-Dean for Education on 1 September. 

Championing faculty development and growth
Prof Ferenczi joined the School in 2012 from Imperial and during his time with the School held multiple leadership roles, which culminated in his appointment as Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs. Taking on the newly created role in 2017, Prof Ferenczi promoted rigours and fair faculty development at the School. 

“He has done outstanding work in establishing the position and the Office of Faculty Affairs,” wrote LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best in a message to all staff. 

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Prof Ferenczi (left) handed over the baton to A/Prof Tan (right)

Prof Ferenczi handed the baton on to A/Prof Tan on 1 July. A/Prof Tan first joined NTU’s School of Biological Sciences (SBS) in 2005 and subsequently transferred to LKCMedicine in January 2019. A/Prof Tan’s significant leadership and competence have been recognised across the University during his stint as Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Affairs of SBS from 2006 to 2008, followed by his role as Associate Chair for Students from 2014 to 2018. 

In April 2019, he took on the role of Facilitator for the Nanyang Leadership Academy. In this role, he built the pipeline of future-ready leaders for the evolving needs of the University together with co-facilitators from other schools. These experiences have developed his excellent knowledge of the landscape and administrative processes of NTU.  

“In his role as Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs, A/Prof Tan will work with me and the senior leadership of LKCMedicine and NTU in ensuring that the current well-structured academic support system continues to recruit high-quality faculty and support faculty members to realise their full potential,” stated Prof Best.

Speaking on his appointment, A/Prof Tan said, “I am delighted to be appointed as Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs. Building on Professor Ferenczi’s outstanding work, I am committed to enhancing the experience of our faculty by ensuring their well-being, promoting their careers and nurturing future leaders.”

Driving continuing innovation in medical education
As part of the School’s pioneering members of staff, Prof Low-Beer has played an instrumental role in the School’s curriculum development right from the outset. She first joined the School as Curriculum Development Lead in London, before taking on the role of Vice-Dean for Education. During her seven years in the role, Prof Low-Beer has overseen the development of the curriculum.

“After seven years of exceptional commitment to LKCMedicine, Professor Low-Beer will be stepping down from her role as Vice-Dean for Education on 31 August 2020. She will be returning to the UK to take up the position of Dean of Brunel Medical School in London. This appointment is a strong recognition of her abilities and achievements, and we wish her every success in her new role,” wrote Prof Best.

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Prof Low-Beer (left) hands the reins over to Prof Cleland, who will officially take on the role of Vice-Dean for Education on 1 Sept

Prof Low-Beer hands the reins over to Prof Cleland, who joined LKCMedicine in January 2020. Prof Cleland first joined the School as Professor and Director of the Medical Education Research and Scholarship Unit (MERSU) before taking on the concurrent appointment as Assistant Dean for Assessment.
Before coming to Singapore, Prof Cleland held the John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research at the University of Aberdeen in the UK. 

A clinical and occupational psychologist by training, Prof Cleland is a highly regarded international leader in medical education and educational research. She has played a key role in contributing her expertise to the re-design of the MBBS curriculum and assessments over the last five months in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I look forward to working with Professor Cleland in furthering the School’s ambition to provide outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate education,” said Prof Best.

Looking ahead to her new role, Prof Cleland hopes to use this opportunity to take stock. “LKCMedicine today is at a different point of organisational development and now is the time to reflect on the systems and processes.” 

She wants to ensure the School remains on track to be a leader in education and innovation.

“I also want to explore how we can further develop visible links between LKCMedicine and Imperial, particularly for the students, and engage more with colleagues from the National Healthcare Group for education and research purposes,” Prof Cleland added.

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