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As Christmas draws nearer it is an appropriate time to reflect on 2016 and the activities of your Alumni Association. It has been a busy year for BATLAA, managerially, socially and most importantly, charitably. So as the latter can be developed and flourish it is important to seek ways of realising the funds to do this.

As part of Queen Mary University of London, BATLAA has been working with the Annual Fund to ensure that together we support medical and dental students in the best way possible. This year's telephone campaign is nearly over but if you receive a call please remember that, while this money is not collected by BATLAA, we do have a say in how it is used to consolidate our own giving. If you have not been called but would like to receive a call then please contact us at Maybe this will make Christmas a better time for those who need our help.

Meanwhile I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope you are able to look forward to 2017 with happy anticipation.

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

Top stories
Next Chairman of QMUL Council appointed
Lord Timothy Clement-Jones CBE, a Liberal Democrat Peer, has been announced as the next Chairman of Council at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He will succeed Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, who completes his term at the end of July 2017. Lord Clement-Jones is London Managing Partner for law firm DLA Piper and Chairman of their China Desk. Council is QMUL's governing body, responsible for overseeing the strategic mission, direction and affairs of the institution.

Alumna elected President of the Royal College of Pathologists
Professor Jo Martin (q The London, 1984) has been elected as the incoming President of the Royal College of Pathologists. In addition to her position as Professor of Pathology in the Blizard Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Martin is Director of Academic Health Sciences and an Honorary Consultant Histopathologist at Barts Health NHS Trust. She will take up the presidency in November 2017.

Barts and The London Medical School in Malta now open for applications
The MBBS Malta programme will be taught in English and have an identical core curriculum to the MBBS in London. For the first two years, students will mainly be taught on the Gozo campus, where they will use Gozo General Hospital's new teaching and training facilities. In the third, fourth and fifth years, they will then spend time on the wards and clinics in Gozo General Hospital, St Luke's Hospital, Mater Dei Hospital and other relevant clinical facilities.

Eat, drink and network with Barts and The London alumni
Join fellow alumni for an informal get together from 7.30pm at The Bishops Finger in Smithfield on Friday 2 December 2016. The occasion will give you the opportunity to meet up with your contemporaries, make new contacts and celebrate the fantastic spirit of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as our excellent standing in this year’s Guardian University Guide, in which we placed 2nd in the UK for Medicine and 3rd for Dentistry. Book now.

Save the date! BATLAA-BLSA Dinner 2017
Following on from the success of our inaugural event, we are delighted to announce that the next BATLAA-BLSA Dinner will be held on Friday 12 May 2017. The dinner, which is being organised in collaboration with the Barts and The London Students' Association (BLSA), will be held at the Charterhouse. Register your interest to receive more details.

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Alumni news
Honour for leading sports medicine specialist
Professor Nick Webborn OBE (q The London, 1979; Dip Sports Medicine, 1993; MSc Sports Medicine, 1996), one of the UK's leading sports medicine specialists, visited Buckingham Palace last month to receive his OBE for services to Paralympic sports medicine and the British Paralympic Association. Professor Webborn, who was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June, was Chief Medical Officer for the London 2012 Paralympics and for the Invictus Games. He established Sportswise, a specialist clinic for the treatment of sports injuries, in 1997.
50 Golden years - recent reunions
A number of significant anniversaries have been marked at reunion events this autumn. Alumni who joined Barts 50 years ago in 1966 enjoyed a tour of our Charterhouse Square campus followed by dinner at the Charterhouse on 14 October, while Medical graduates who qualified from The London in 1966/67 (pictured) marked their golden jubilee with lunch in the Old Library on our Whitechapel campus and dinner in the Great Hall at Barts on 3-4 November. If you are thinking about organising a reunion, we would be happy to assist you. Please get in touch to discuss your plans. Read our guide to organising a reunion.
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Alumna featured in ELLE magazine
Dr Storm Lonsdale (q Barts and The London, 2014) featured in the October issue of ELLE magazine. Dr Lonsdale, who is now a Junior Doctor working in A&E at Queen’s Hospital in London, was profiled in a careers feature titled ‘How to be happy at work’, in which she talked about her role and how she maintains a work-life balance. Read the article (page 191).

Barts and The London MSc Trauma Sciences #TraumaSummit16
Alumni of the Trauma Sciences (Military & Austere/Humanitarian) and Orthopaedic Trauma Science MSc programmes, undertaken at the Centre for Trauma Sciences, are invited to attend #TraumaSummit16 on Tuesday 13 December 2016. This afternoon event coincides with the first ever Pan London Major Trauma Symposium on Wednesday 14 December. More information.

Supporting our work

The surroundings have changed but the needs haven’t
Do you believe nobody should give up their education because of poverty? That’s what Barts and The London stood for in Victorian times, and it’s a battle we’re still fighting today. Take Uche, who finished his medical studies last year. He was living in homeless hostels until a bursary helped with accommodation. He told us: “I can’t put into words how grateful I am. Staying in hostels where you have to share a bathroom with 12 other families isn’t a very good environment for study and focus. I’ve seen a lot of friends go down the wrong path and subsequently end up in gangs, in prison or dead. Thanks to alumni help, I could rent student accommodation right next to the university and could focus on my exams. I can’t explain how much of a relief this was.” You can help too. By giving now to help someone like Uche, you can give them a fantastic future. Imagine the weight you’ll lift from someone’s shoulders, and the smile on their face. Your kindness could make a difference for a lifetime. Thank you!

BATLAA awards support students
In the 2015-16 academic year, your generosity provided 15 medical students and nine dental students with elective bursaries enabling the recipients to experience medical and dental practice in a working, and often international, environment. Your support also enabled us to provide five students with bursaries for their Intercalated Degrees. In addition, three students are currently in receipt of the Dental Excellence Scholarship, which is awarded in the first three years of study. Your support makes a real difference and is much appreciated; thank you!

More ways to get involved:

Would you like to help with MBBS and BDS Admissions interviews? 
Our colleagues in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are looking for alumni to help with Admissions interviews for the MBBS and BDS programmes. If you qualified before 2011 and are in a senior position in your medical or dental career, you may be eligible to assist as an interviewer. The MBBS interviews will be held on 24, 25, 26 and 27 January and 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 and 15 February (with a briefing session on 28 November, 5 or 19 December). BDS interviews will be held on 31 January and 1, 2 and 16 February (with a briefing session from 1 - 2pm on 12 December at the Dental School). Please email us for more information.
Forthcoming events

Bespoke reunions
  • 17 October - 50th Anniversary for q Barts, 1967 
  • November 2017 - 40th Anniversary for q Barts, 1977

For more information about the above events, contact
And finally...

Dionysian Society to celebrate Diamond Jubilee in 2018
The London Hospital Dionysian Society will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in November 2018. A celebratory event is being planned. Please register your interest to receive more information.

Latest Centre for Trauma Sciences Newsletter
Read the Autumn 2016 issue.

New Global MBA to be launched by University of London and QMUL
Queen Mary University of London and the University of London are collaborating to launch a new Global MBA. The programme has been specifically designed for working students and provides considerable flexibility in the mode and place of study. Applications open on 9 January 2017.

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