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Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd: Death of former vice-president of UoN and High Sheriff of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is saddened to hear of the recent death of Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd, former vice president at UoN and and High Sheriff of Nottingham.

Dame Liz was an alumna of the University of Nottingham, graduating with an MSc in Health Care Policy and Organisation in 1994 before devoting her professional life to the continuous improvement of healthcare.

During her career, having trained as a children’s nurse, she held a variety of registered nurse, midwife and health visitor posts before supporting the nursing profession nationally, becoming Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England and serving as Director of Nursing / Lead Director for reviews and inspections at the Commission for Health Improvement.

She was a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Institute of Health Visiting.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West said: “This is sad news and a tragic loss. Liz was a highly committed and engaged member of the Council who cared deeply for the success of the university. On a personal note, I thought of Liz as a friend and mentor, who always demonstrated integrity and was willing to challenge with compassion. She will be much missed by all who worked with her at the university.”

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In 2009 Liz was awarded the DBE for services to nursing and healthcare.

Her more current roles included commissioner on the Midlands Engine Health Inequalities Post Covid Commission, Vice-Chair of the UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives, membership of Southwell Cathedral Council and Nomination Committee and clinical advisor to Nourish.

Previously, Dame Liz was the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 2020/21, Vice President of Rainbows Children’s Hospice, and an advisor to Justice Defenders.

Dame Liz was well known to our university community, having served as a University Council member from August 2009 until December 2018 and as University Vice-President from January 2012 through to the end of her tenure in December 2018.

In addition, she was an honorary professor in the School of Health Sciences from 2000 to the present day and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the university in 2003.

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