Principal Jenny Higham received an honorary degree from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in a ceremony that took place Friday 13 July.

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Professor Higham was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine for pushing the boundaries of medical education for the benefit of wider society, and for reflecting the values important to both St George’s and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

As well as recognising her clinical and research practice in relation to the treatment of menorrhagia (heavy periods), the award recognises her contribution to encouraging women who choose a career in science. This includes her role as assessor for the UK’s Women of the Future awards, an award she herself won in 2011. She is also the first female to be elected Chair of the UK’s Medical Schools Council.

She has connections to Brighton, having worked there as a Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the 1990s, later returning as an examiner at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She also sat on the Joint Board between Sussex and Brighton Universities.

Of receiving this honour, Professor Higham says, “I was absolutely thrilled and surprised to be awarded an Honorary Brighton degree. I have really enjoyed my career and it continues to evolve – Brighton was, and this award is, a part of that journey.”