Judy McKimm

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Judy’s current role is Director of Strategic Educational Development and Professor of Medical Education, working internationally in health professions’ education to develop new initiatives and programmes. In 2011, Judy was recruited to Swansea as Dean of Medical Education to lead the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) programme to its approval by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2014. Previously, she worked in New Zealand from 2007-2011, at the University of Auckland and latterly as Pro-Dean, Health and Social Care, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Judy had an untraditional route into academic life which reflects her passion for student engagement, diversity and enabling access to education. She initially trained as an orthopaedic and general nurse, then (in order to work in education) studied at the Open University for degrees in in social and health sciences, education and management. Her first job was teaching adults and 16-19 year olds in further education and in 1994 she moved into medical education at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. Following the merger of various medical colleges in London, she was promoted to Director of Undergraduate Medicine at Imperial College and worked there until 2004, leading the curriculum development and implementation of the new undergraduate medical programme (MBBS) and suite of BSc programmes. In 2004-05, as Higher Education Academy Senior Adviser, she was responsible for developing and implementing the accreditation of professional development programmes and the standards for teachers in HE.

She has worked on over sixty international health workforce and education reform projects in Central Asia, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East. She has been a reviewer and accreditor for the GMC, Quality Assurance Agency, Higher Education Academy and Academy of Medical Educators and is on the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Executive and Council. She is programme director for the Leadership and Education Masters degrees at Swansea and Director of ASME’s Educational Leadership programme. She writes and publishes widely on medical education and leadership and is highly in demand as an international speaker. In 2014, her outstanding contribution to clinical leadership education was acknowledged by an award from the Health Services Journal (as a ‘Top 100 UK Clinical Leader’) and in 2015, she was awarded the ASME’s President’s Medal for her contribution to international medical education. In her spare time, she spends time with her six children and grandchildren and trains her wolfhounds.