17th April 2001




Influential figures in public health will be in Lincoln on Thursday (19th April) for the launch of the new Lincolnshire Institute for Health.


Prof H T Hassan*, director of the institute, will preside over the launch of the new organisation set up at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to support health agencies and organisations across Lincolnshire. The event will begin at 10am at the Lincoln campus of ULH, where the institute is to be based.


Prof Hassan, formerly Head of Biomedical Science and Professor of Oncology at  the University of Wolverhampton, said the institute will work across professional and organisational boundaries for the benefit of the county’s health sector.


“The institute will enable the university to contribute to the development of the health, cultural, social and economic life of the community,” he said. “Over the next five years we will be shaping a portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes, and we expect to be teaching 1,000 students in Lincoln within five years.


“We aim to be a first-class, modern, student-centred institute providing learning, teaching, CPD, scholarship and research to all health professionals in Lincolnshire in partnership with regional NHS Trusts and further education colleges.”


The event will feature speakers including Prof Hassan, Dr Mandy Bretman, Director of Public Health at the Lincolnshire Health Authority, Mark James, Chief Executive of Boston Borough Council, and Don Nutbeam of the Department of Health.


Proceedings will begin at 10am with a welcome address by Prof David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. The day is scheduled to end at 4pm.


Prof Hassan studied his PhD at Cambridge and has taught at the Universities of Hanover and Hamburg as well as at Wolverhampton. He took up his post as the Director of the Lincolnshire Institute for Health on Monday 2nd April 2001.


* Note: Prof Hassan Hassan is known professionally as Prof H T Hassan.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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