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Global health expert to lead University of Hull’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Paul Hagan has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull.

Professor Hagan will lead the University’s engagement with the NHS, the broader health and social care sector and the promotion of health as an economic driver of the region.

Professor Hagan said: “I am looking forward to engaging with the NHS, the LEPs and partner organisations in our region. In these challenging times, the University’s strong links with local hospitals, industry and other healthcare providers are essential.

“We have long established relationships where we will continue to support partners with our research capabilities and benefit from their commitment to enabling our students to develop their skills as healthcare professionals through the placements and other work experience opportunities they provide.

“The University has a wide range of expertise, researchers and facilities within the area of health and wellbeing. We will harness all of these areas to impact on improving the health of the local population.

“The University is dedicated to driving improvements to healthcare in our region and beyond – and has stepped up during the pandemic to support the NHS and care sector. Our staff, students and graduates have joined the frontline at critical points during the battle with Covid-19, we have conducted international trials into drugs to combat the virus, delivered training and we have donated medical supplies and equipment. I am committed to ensuring we continue to provide such support.”

Professor Paul Hagan

Professor Paul Hagan

Professor Hagan began his career in academia as a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. On completion of his PhD he joined the Medical Research Council Unit at Fajara, The Gambia, in 1981, to begin research on the immunology and epidemiology of human schistosomiasis (a disease caused by a parasitic worm disease which affects hundreds of millions of people in tropical countries around the globe). He continued this work when he moved to join the National Institute for Medical Research in London, developing partnerships with researchers in Egypt, Zimbabwe and many other countries in sub-Sharan Africa.

Professor Hagan is an Advisor to the World Health Organisation on Parasitic Diseases and currently chairs the WHO Guidelines Development Group (GDG) for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. He holds Honorary Membership of the British Society for Parasitology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.

He joins the University of Hull after five years at Robert Gordon University, where he was Vice-Principal (Research) and Deputy Principal. Prior to that, he was Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Further and Higher Education Council, where he made many contributions, including establishing Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme.

Professor Hagan’s career also spans twenty years in various roles at the University of Glasgow, as Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity and Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Between 1995-1998, he was seconded from Glasgow to the European Commission in Brussels where he had responsibility for the Parasitology portfolio within the International Cooperation with Developing Countries Programme (INCO-DC).

The University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, which has cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, is home to Hull York Medical School and the departments of Biomedical Sciences; Midwifery and Child Health; Nursing; Paramedical, Perioperative and Advanced Practice; Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work; Psychology; Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

The Faculty carries out world-leading research to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing society and is a major contributor to the region's healthcare workforce. Its graduates include doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health workers, as well as social workers, psychologists, biomedical scientists and sports scientists.

Professor Hagan said: “There is no doubt that graduates from the Faculty of Health Sciences are making an important contribution to the health of the region.

“As a Faculty, we are also addressing health inequalities and the well-being of society as a whole through high-calibre research. Our world-leading research hub, the Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR), brings together a range of specialist research groups from cancer care to cardiology to drive improvements to healthcare.

Professor Hagan is looking forward to new challenges and getting to know Hull and Yorkshire. He said: “I have arrived at a challenging time for the University, the city and the region.

“In the weeks since I arrived, I have been hugely impressed by the willingness and determination of people from organisations across the region to combine their efforts to make a difference by improving the health and wellbeing of the people and supporting economic development.

“I have had a tremendously warm reception from everyone I have met, even if only online. Already I feel at home and I am sure I am going to enjoy living and working in Hull.”

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