UWE awards honorary degree to Professor Roger Feneley

Issue date: 21 November 2005


Issue date: 21/11/05

The University of the West of England is awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Roger Charles Leslie Feneley in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, both as a practitioner and in related research and development, and in particular his contribution to the establishment of the Bristol Urological Institute. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Applied Science on Thursday 24 November at 14.45 Bristol Cathedral.

Roger Feneley was born in Bristol and attended Clifton College. He became a Boyd scholar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and read for Part 1 of the Tripos in Natural Science, graduating with first class honours. Following three years of clinical studies at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, he was awarded the Cunning Prize in the final Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BChir) examination. He subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) and gained the degree of Master of Surgery (MChir) at Cambridge.

From 1969 until 1998, Roger Feneley was a Consultant Urologist to the South West Regional Health Authority. During that time he served as: Chairman of a Health Care Committee of the British Standards Institution; Chairman of the Southmead Hospital Research Foundation; Project Leader of the Disability Equipment Assessment Centre; Vice-Chairman of the Regional Higher Awards Committee; President of the Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society; and, President of the Urology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has also served as a member of the: Council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons; Regional Awards Committee; and, the Editorial Committee of the British Journal of Urology. He has been an examiner for the Speciality Examination of the Intercollegiate Board in Urology and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

The Honorary Graduand has long been associated with clinical research and practice and the exploration of urology in general, and catheter-related problems in particular. One of his special interests has focused on bladder dysfunction. In 1971, he founded the Bristol Urodynamic Unit. This identified the high incidence of urinary incontinence amongst those referred for investigation.

In 1998, Roger Feneley founded the BioMed Centre at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, with the aim of improving the care of patients with intractable urinary incontinence. He has published many articles and succeeded in attracting research grants from bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health.

In recent years Roger Feneley has established an interdisciplinary network involving clinicians, scientists and industry, working closely with patients and carers in order to research and develop a new range of products and procedures aimed at improving the managements of intractable urinary incontinence in the elderly and disabled.

Following his retirement in 1998 after thirty years of consultant practice, Professor Feneley became an Emeritus Consultant Urologist to the North Bristol NHS Trust and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England. He is also a past President of the Dolphin Society, an ancient Bristol Society supporting the elderly.

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