This year, the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) is celebrating a milestone anniversary after 25 years of promoting the development and enhancement of Britain’s degree and research programmes in biomedical sciences. To mark the occasion, a reception will be held in the House of Lords on Tuesday 1 May sponsored by The Lord Rana MBE.
The first biomedical sciences degree programmes begun in the mid-1970s and have been represented by HUCBMS since 1993. The growth in the number of programmes has been paralleled by major advancements in biomedical research that have positioned the UK as a world leader in many areas. The mission of HUCBMS has been to support these developments by:
- Promoting national and international quality standards in biomedical sciences teaching and research.
- Ensuring that adequate guidance and resources are available to maintain these standards biomedical sciences schools and departments.
- Providing benchmarks for biomedical sciences curricula.
- Promoting the exchange of views, dissemination of information and collaboration between member institutions, nationally and internationally.
HUCBMS also promotes the interests of its member institutions at a national and international level through many other bodies such as the Royal Society of Biology, as well as by holding an annual conference where discussions are held on major higher education and research policy issues. HUCBMS has achieved many successes for the biomedical sciences academic community, particularly fostering in it a sense of solidarity and mutual support.
The School sends its best wishes HUCBMS as they celebrate their 25th anniversary and looks forward to their next 25 years of work on behalf of biomedical sciences.