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We are a clinical department in the University's Medical Sciences Division.  Along with our NHS colleagues, we are responsible for teaching a course in psychiatry to the undergraduate medical students, as well as teaching postgraduate students studying for DPhil and MRes degrees.

Departmental structure

The department is led by Professor John Geddes.  Since we have limited teaching commitments, compared with non-clinical departments, we have few tenured positions (currently 9 posts).  Instead, most staff are employed via research funding awarded to our Principal Investigators.  (The department has formal criteria for identifying staff as principal investigators, which are outlined here). 


Staff and students are kept up-to-date on relevant departmental information by a number of different means, including:

  • By presentations and discussions at the department's annual away-day (held every January)
  • By the monthly Head of Department briefing (open to all staff and held the first Monday of each month)
  • By monthly newsletters, weekly news and events digests, and the department's website

In addition, we welcome feedback from staff and students, both directly (e.g. by email to a member of the Athena SWAN team) and via the various departmental surveys (including the Staff Survey and Workload Surveys, as well as the Maternity Leave Survey), which run biennially.  Information collected in these ways has already led to several key changes in the running of the department, as outlined on the Athena SWAN main page.