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In this issue, you will see a short piece about the Barts and The London Alumni Association Benevolent Fund. This reminds you of the object of this fund, which is essentially to alleviate financial hardship. 

Your Association has many purposes but benevolence is one of the most important. We receive very few requests for support from alumni and most of our support is focused on current students. Undoubtedly students are more in need than ever in this time of high fees and enormous student debt on graduation but we would not like to think that we are missing need elsewhere. May I take this opportunity to remind you of the help that is available. You only have to ask.

With kind regards,
Professor Paul Wright (q BDS, The London, 1969)
President of BATLAA

Top stories
New President and Principal of QMUL appointed
Professor Colin Bailey, who is currently Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manchester, has been appointed President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Professor Bailey, a leading researcher in structural engineering, will take up the post on 1 September 2017, following the retirement of Professor Simon Gaskell in August 2017.
Another bumper turnout for the Dental Club Annual Clinical Meeting
Over 270 alumni, staff, students and members of the dental community attended The London Hospital Dental Club Annual Clinical Meeting on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February for lectures, networking and catching up with friends old and new. The programme was curated by Dr Adit Naidu (q BDS, Barts and The London, 2006; MClinDent Prosthodontics, Barts and The London, 2012). See some photos from the event.

£2.4 million awarded for international trial on major traumatic bleeding
The Centre for Trauma Sciences in the Blizard Institute and NHS Blood & Transplant have been awarded the grant by the National Institute for Health Research and Barts Charity to carry out a large multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate a new treatment in major traumatic haemorrhage. The Principal Investigator, Dr Ross Davenport (q PhD, Barts and The London, 2011), specialises in designing and running clinical trials in major trauma, as well as tutoring and lecturing in trauma sciences.

Trial to test for oesophageal cancer risk launches across the UK 
A clinical trial designed by the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and funded by Cancer Research UK will allow GP surgeries to test for Barrett’s oesophagus - a condition that can increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer. The trial will assess whether the Cytosponge test will increase the number of Barrett’s oesophagus diagnoses in primary care. Lead author, Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald from the University of Cambridge, was a Clinical Research Fellow at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry from 1997 to 2001.

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Alumni news
Book for your place for the BATLAA-BLSA Dinner
Join your contemporaries and fellow alumni, current students and staff for dinner and drinks at the Charterhouse on Friday 12 May. This year we will be celebrating the success of sports at Barts and The London, including recent wins such as the Merger Cup and the Rugby Club’s triumph in the Hospital Cup! This event is being organised by BATLAA in conjunction with the Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA) and is open to all former and current members of Clubs and Societies, as well as any other interested alumni. Book now.
Read Athena SWAN profiles of SMD Women
The School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) has built an online gallery of women in STEM Careers within higher education and research in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017. Profiles include Professor Amrita Ahluwalia (q PhD Pharmacology, Barts and The London, 1993), Dr Sadani Cooray (q PhD, Barts and The London, 2007), Dr Sandra Evans (q The London, 1983) and Professor Anne Cushing (q BDS, The London,1973) (pictured). QMUL is part of the Athena SWAN Charter to recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in
science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine .
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Alumni in the Spotlight: Mr Michael Mew - an insight into Orthotropics
We were delighted to meet Dr Michael Mew (q BDS, The London, 1992) at a recent reunion. Dr Mew and his former classmates met in the Old Library to mark 30 years since they joined The London as dental students in 1987. Dr Mew is Clinical Director of The London School of Facial Orthotropics and is also a lecturer. Orthotropics is a natural non-extraction and non-surgical alternative approach to Orthodontic treatment. Find out more.

Last call for alumni of the Barts 16th Decennial Club
The Barts Decennial Club consists of those who entered Barts between 1966 and 1975 or those who qualified between 1971 and 1980. Dr Jim House (q Barts, 1975), who has been treasurer of the 16th since 1993, is keen to establish whether there is any interest in holding further meetings. If you would like to get involved or if you are in contact with past students who qualify for the 16th Decennial Club, please get in touch.

Date for your diary: BATLAA AGM 2017
The BATLAA Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 October in the Peggy Turner Room, North Wing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital during William Harvey Day.

Production of QMA/BLC is underway!
We are currently working on this year’s issue of QMA/BLC, which will be with you this summer. If you have any content suggestions for this or future issues please get in touch. If you would prefer to receive your copy by email (and do your bit for the environment), please let us know at batlaa@qmul.ac.uk.
Supporting our work

You’ve been through it - let them know there’s light on the other side!
With the exam period fast approaching our students are busy attending their final classes and preparing for their upcoming deadlines and exams. Do you remember sitting an exam in the Old Library, trying to remember the answer to a tricky question or the words of encouragement someone said? Well there is a way you can help our current students! You can email a ‘Study Tip’ (or a memory) to us and we’ll put it up around campus on our screens and in work spaces so students can see how former students approached their impending exams. Don’t forget to add your name and degree at the bottom of your message. It could be something like this:

‘Understand key terminology! Make flash cards and ask someone to test you.’ (
Joe, BSc Neuroscience)

We hope this activity brings back good memories for you while wishing well another generation of students. Thank you in advance!

More ways to get involved:

Thank you to our Alumni volunteers!
We are hugely thankful to those of you who actively give up your time to support our current medical and dental students. Thank you also to those of you have registered your interest in volunteering. We look forward to enlisting you as one of our Alumni volunteers.

OSCE examiners and Clinical Skills Tutors wanted
There are a number of opportunities for alumni to act as
OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) examiners and Clinical Skills Tutors throughout the academic year. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, please get in touch.

Become an MBBS Mentor
Since 2008, the School of Medicine has been running a mentoring scheme for Year 3, 4 and 5 MBBS students. If you would like to join the scheme as a Mentor, we would love to hear from you. Find out more about the programme or contact us for more information.

Get involved with QMUL’s Festival of Communities 2017
Taking place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May in and around Mile End, the Festival of Communities aim to bring people together to celebrate ‘life’, exploring living and learning in Tower Hamlets. Last year were delighted that a number of alumni showcased their projects and we’d like to encourage more of you to participate this year! We are also looking for alumni to get involved with the Festival in other ways, such as helping out with the logistics of running the event, carrying out evaluation tasks and meeting and greeting. Find out more or contact Sarah Gifford, Community Engagement Officer in the Centre for Public Engagement. 

Forthcoming events

Bespoke reunions

For more information about the above events, contact batlaa@qmul.ac.uk.
And finally...

Notice about the amalgamation of the Benevolent Funds
We are pleased to announce that The London Hospital Dental Club Benevolent Fund (LHDCBF) has been incorporated into the Medical Club Benevolent Fund to form the merged BATLAA Benevolent Fund (Registered with the Charity Commission No. 229227).

The terms of the transfer state that the LHDCBF is held as a restricted fund for the purposes of relieving need, hardship or distress amongst dental alumni. ‘The object of the BATLAA Benevolent Fund shall be to alleviate financial hardship amongst past and present students of Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, amongst past students of The London Hospital Medical College, including its School of Dentistry, and the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and other Ordinary members of The Association, and those dependent upon them.’ This is obviously inclusive and the  benefits of the joining of the Funds include streamlining management and accounting procedures, improving flexibility and harmonising the Benevolent Fund’s activities with the corresponding association. We will continue to provide medical and dental electives, intercalated bursaries and hardship support via the Fund, sourcing the various awards from the appropriate charitable funds.

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