Vision and Strategy



The Faculty of Medicine and Health aims to facilitate groundbreaking improvements to health and reduce health inequalities locally, nationally and internationally. 

The Faculty has a strong commitment to international health, is a prominent member of WUN and has also established relationships with low-middle income countries for health-focused research and learning.

The Faculty's strategy maps on to the university strategy map.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers and celebrates good employment practice in STEMM academia: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
The Athena SWAN Charter is a national initiative aimed at supporting and developing the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) disciplines in higher education and research. The University became a Charter member in 2008 and achieved a Bronze University Award in 2009, which was successfully renewed in 2013. The Bronze Award submission included an ambitious 3-year Action Plan aimed at improving the prospects for supporting and developing the careers of women in SET.  A number of funders of Research Councils have indicated that from 2015 they will prioritise their funding on Departments that hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Currently within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the School of Medicine and School of Healthcare have successfully achieved Bronze Athena SWAN awards and will soon be submitting an application for Silver status.  The Institute of Psychological Studies also aims to submit for a Bronze Athena SWAN  award shortly.  Bronze Award Holders must evidence the following achievements: 

  • Demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future
  • Use quantitative and qualitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities
  • Have a plan that builds on this assessment, and lessons from any activities already in place

Facts and Figures

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has:

  • £135 million annual turnover (25% of University total)
  • Diverse range of programmes of study taught in collaboration with NHS partners
  • 93% graduate employability at 6 months
  • Strong teaching partnerships (e.g. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust)
  • £59 million annual research income with 900 “live” grants
  • Strong collaboration with 14 separate professional bodies (GMC, GDC, NMC and BPS)
  • A strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching with over 1,000 internationally-renowned researchers
  • Over 300 research students studying for a range of degrees
  • Research Assessment Exercise (2008) rated more than 50% of our research output as ‘internationally excellent’, placing us in the UK’s top 10