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Professor Jane Saffell

Deputy Principal (Education)

Jane Saffell is Deputy Principal (Education), Professor of Neurobiology and Bioscience Education and Director of the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education at St George’s.

She has responsibility for educational leadership and strategic development across teaching and learning, student experience, growth/diversification of the educational portfolio, access & participation, teacher & learning development, careers service and student outcomes. 

As Institute Director, Jane has responsibility for 200 staff in two focused Centres: Clinical Education & Biomedical Education, plus three cross-cutting units with a university-wide remit, the Centre for Innovation & Development in Education, a new Centre for Technology in Education and The Graduate School.

Jane Saffell is Professor of Neurobiology and Bioscience Education at St George’s, University of London. She leads strategic vision and action for education and student experience as Deputy Principal (Education) and Director of the Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education.

Prior to joining St George’s in 2016, Jane was an academic and principal investigator at Imperial College London for 16 years, first in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and then the Faculty of Medicine. Her career spans research into the role of adhesive interactions in nervous system regeneration, teaching, and senior leadership of education.

Her PhD and postdoctoral research was carried out at Guy’s Hospital (King’s) after a BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial. Jane grew up in Kenya and was the first person in her family to go to university. On arriving in the UK she worked in administration at the Royal Society of Arts for three years to gain home student status.

Jane has received awards, medals and a National Teaching Fellowship for teaching and innovative approaches that give students insight into knowledge-creation and the socio-politics, creativity and culture of research.

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