UNE academic wins prestigious Principal Fellowship in the UK

Published 29 January 2016

A University of New England academic and senior Oxford Brooks researcher has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship to further her research to benefit patient care this month.

Professor Debra Jackson

Professor Debra Jackson

Professor Debra Jackson is Director of the Oxford Institute for Nursing and Allied Health Research, and holds a position in Nursing in the UNE School of Health, is one of 15 Oxford-based researchers who will each receive £15,000 a year over three years to support research in areas such as genetics, childhood vaccines, eye surgery, skin conditions and nursing.

The Principal Fellowship is awarded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in the United Kingdom.

The only nurse to receive the award – other recipients comprised bioscientists and medical doctors – Prof Jackson’s research will have a direct benefit on the care the NHS provides to its patients.

“I am honoured and delighted to be awarded this Principal Fellowship and look forward to continuing to contribute to the work of the Oxford BRC over the coming years,” Prof Jackson said.

In total, £675,000 has been awarded to senior Oxford researchers following the successful conclusion of the first Principal Fellow Awards competition.

Each of the recipients was chosen because their leadership has had a strong impact on healthcare and research as well as a high quality and volume of international research and significant contributions to the BRC and BRU.