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UCL Masterclass: Inspiring Research

Course Description

UCL is home to numerous world-leading researchers, whose research, ways of working and careers provide inspiring models for any researcher at an early point in their career. UCL Masterclasses are a  programme of talks and workshops designed specifically for researchers to hear from, interact with and be inspired by outstanding academic researchers. 

The first Masterclass in 2014/15 academic session will be delivered by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot is currently Director of the Institute of Health Equity and MRC Research Professor in Epidemiology at University College London (UCL).

He has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He has been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct a European review of health inequalities. At the request of the British Government, he previously conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He chaired the Department of Health Scientific Reference Group on tackling health inequalities.


Social Determinants of Health: from research to policy

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

The first Whitehall Study of British civil servants showed that men in the lowest employment grades were much more likely to die prematurely than men in the highest grades. The second Whitehall Study, set up by Sir Michael Marmot nearly 30 years ago, continues to investigate the underlying determinants of the social gradient in death and disease in men and women.

Sir Michael will discuss how his life as an epidemiologist led him from leading research into the causes of health inequalities to seeking to build a global social movement to tackle health inequalities. He will describe the work of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, which he chaired, that advocated for action on the wider social, economic, political, and cultural determinants of health in order to improve population health and reduce health inequalities within and between countries Sir Michael will also discuss learning from the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England (Marmot Review) and from recent reviews in Europe, and how it can be applied in different contexts nationally and locally to build fairer and healthier societies.

"It was a great pleasure to listen one of the most successful UK scientists and hear his views on how scientists should conduct research both from practical and philosophical point of view."

"It was a really interesting scientific talk"

Researcher Development Framework Categories

B3) Professional and career development
C2) Research management

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • 2nd Year Research Students
  • 3rd Year Research Students
  • 4th Year Research Students

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Registration information will be available in due course.

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