Jenny Higham is the first woman to serve as Principal of St George’s, University of London. She took up appointment in November 2015. She was also the first female to be elected Chair of the Medical Schools Council (August 2016).
Higham studied for her MBBS at University College London, graduating in 1985. She undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, obtaining her MRCOG in 1992 and FRCOG in 2005. In addition to clinical training, she worked towards a research higher degree, investigating the clinical association and treatment of menorrhagia, awarded by the University of London in 1993. She remains clinically active as a gynaecologist.
Higham has previously held senior positions at Imperial College London, including Head of Undergraduate Medicine (2006-2009) and Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs and Director of Education for the Faculty of Medicine.
She led on Imperial College London’s work to establish the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore, a partnership between Nanyang Technological University and Imperial, which opened in 2013. She then served as the school’s Senior Vice-Dean from 2013-2015. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Nanyang Education University Gold Award , the Imperial College Medal (2014) , and honoured as a Fellow of the Teaching Excellence Academy at Nanyang Technological University (2015).
Higham has received “Mentor of the Year” at the Women of the Future [WOF] Awards in 2011 and the Imperial College President and Rector’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence in 2013.
She is an active member within the Medical Schools Council, where she has been involved with academic medical policy and has chaired the Council’s Education Sub-Committee (2015-16). She was Treasurer until 2016, when she took the position of Chair, and remains a Board Member of the MSC Assessment Alliance.
She currently has a research interest in the use of advanced simulation in medical education. Her previous research publications have focused on reproductive medicine.
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