UWE Bristol award Honorary Degree to Professor Julia Verne

Issue date: 16 July 2015


Julia Verne

UWE Bristol awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Professor Julia Verne in recognition of her outstanding achievement in business administration.

The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at Bristol Cathedral.

Professor Julia Verne qualified as a doctor from the Royal Free Hospital School ofMedicine, London, in 1986 with Distinction in Surgery and Merit in Medicine and Pharmacology and an Intercalated BSc in Pharmacology (1983 First Class Hons).

After some clinical work she studiedfor a PhD in Epidemiology as a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial Cancer Research Fund leading the first feasibility study on screeningfor colorectal cancer by flexible sigmoidoscopy. This was awarded in 1993. Julia obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also in 1993.

Julia undertook her training in Public Health Medicine as a Lecturer at her Alma Mater. She was appointed as Consultant in Public Health Medicine to Barnet Health Authority in 1996 and as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Royal Free. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

In 1999 Julia moved to the South West Region as a Consultant to the NHS Executive South West and then to the Department of Health in the South West Regional Public Health Group. In 2002 Julia was appointed as Director of the South West Cancer Registry and South West Public Health Observatory which she merged. In 2013 Julia and her team were transferred to Public Health England.

Julia has a wide and eclectic range of experience in Public Health. Cancer and End of Life Care have been constant threads working at local, national and international levels. A new brief is to lead Public Health England's Liver Disease Framework. She is currently Head of Health Services Clinical Epidemiology at PHE including the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network and Public Health Lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network.

Julia has been an author on over 50 peer review publications and contributed to over 100 Health Service Publications. Julia has chaired the NICE Guideline Development Groups for Skin Cancer (2006 & 2010) and Bladder Cancer (2015) and was a member of COMARE from 2003 - 2009. She is a co-applicant on several research grants primarily on end of life care and cancer care. Recent reports of national importance include: Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England (March 2014); One Chance to get it Right: Improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life (June 2014); What's important for me: A review of Choice in end of Life Care (Feb 2015).

Julia was appointed Visiting Professor to UWE in 2011. Her main research interests have been with colleagues in the Social Marketing Centre and included work on obesity, skin cancer prevention and risk from sunbeds (BMJ Article under review), deliberate self-harm in teenagers and the ethics of social marketing. Over many years she has had links with a wide range of other colleagues at UWE on Childhood Injury Prevention, Road Traffic Injury, Ethics, Philosophy and the Centre for Appearance Research.

Julia feels honoured to be associated with the University of the West of England and is looking forward to strengthening these links.

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