Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Helen Mossop

BVM&S MMedSci(Clin. Ed.) PhD FRCVS

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Liz Mossop, Fellowship Board Chair election candidate 2019 Proposers

Nicola Parry, Sarah Freeman


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Candidate biography

I graduated in 2000 from Edinburgh and spent several years in mixed/equine practice before becoming a foundation member of staff at Nottingham Vet School in 2006. Initially I split my time between practice and teaching, before focussing on a career in education. I obtained my PhD in veterinary education in 2012 and was heavily involved in the development of the Nottingham curriculum, specifically around teaching and assessing professional skills and professionalism. After a succession of leadership roles at Nottingham I became Professor of Veterinary Education in 2017 and I pursued an academic focus on how we prepare students effectively for our broad and diverse profession and equip them with the skills they require to develop professionally. I have a strong interest in patient safety and error in practice, and I have published and spoken widely on this topic. In 2018 I was appointed to a more extensive leadership role in education at the University of Lincoln as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) where I lead a large and complex team across the full range of academic disciplines. I hold several roles within the profession including RCVS Graduate Outcomes group and VN Education Committee, and EAEVE ECOVE (the European accreditation committee).


Candidate statement

I am a passionate advocate for our profession and became a Fellow so I could work with others to ensure we remain current and visible advocates for the advancement of veterinary science in today’s society. In order to achieve this, we must work both within and external to our profession, and the new three-year Fellowship plan sets out these ambitions clearly. We must look to each other to provide expertise, energy and enthusiasm to deliver this plan, remaining open to new and innovative approaches to becoming a modern and inclusive learned society. I would love the opportunity to drive forward this ambition should I be elected as Chair of the Fellowship Board.

I suspect, like many other Fellows, I was encouraged to apply by a mentor, and throughout my career I have been passionate about the power of mentoring and connecting people. The mentorship scheme proposed in the plan is very exciting, and we should not underestimate how much we as mentors will learn from our mentees during this process, ensuring we stay current and up to date with challenges at all career stages. The new routes into Fellowship have created an organisation with an incredibly diverse mix of practitioners, academics, researchers and others and we need to take better advantage of this by developing a collaborative platform allowing exchange of information and expertise. I can see this being an excellent way to set up both formal and informal ways of working together, and some seed funding as proposed in the plan would provide a significant catalyst to achieve this.

I am a committed, inclusive and collaborative leader and should you vote for me I would make every effort to drive the Fellowship forwards and continue the excellent work already begun by the current board and chair.

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