As Dean, Professor Kumar will lead the development and implementation of an ambitious plan for Warwick Medical School’s future direction. The Dean ensures that the School plays a full role in the delivery of the University Strategy, with particular reference to high quality teaching and learning, research excellence and research collaborations. He will also lead on the development of partnerships with the National Health Service (NHS).
Commenting on the appointment, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift said “Sudhesh brings to the role of Dean a broad and impressive range of skills and experience in teaching, research, academic leadership and partnership working.”
Professor Kumar has served as Pro-Dean for Research and as Interim Dean and he is an active researcher with an extensive range of interests, including his collaborative research work as Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare.
“He is well placed to lead Warwick Medical School into the next exciting phase of its development and I’m delighted he has been appointed," said Thrift.
Speaking about his appointment, professor Kumar said he is “delighted to have been appointed as Dean and to be able to continue working with the many wonderful and talented colleagues we have at Warwick Medical School.”
“I want to ensure our students get the kind of education that is recognised as amongst the best in the sector and that we continue to grow our exciting and ambitious research agenda,” Kumar said.“I also believe that we have a vital role to play in the provision of excellent local healthcare services and I look forward to working with colleagues across the University and the NHS to further this agenda," he added.
In addition to his appointment, professor Kumar was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given by the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) at their Annual Diabetes Conference. Professor Kumar was given the award for reducing inequality of health outcomes in the south Asian diaspora in the UK.