About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Dec 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

This year's RSM Christmas Lecture will be 'The art of good health'.

Join us for this free evening event as Baroness Deborah Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London) and Senior Advisory Fellow for Culture at King’s College London and Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and a Wellcome Research Fellow at University College London, discuss the potential for arts-based interventions in health and healthcare.

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Key speakers

Professor Deborah Bull

Baroness Deborah Bull

Vice President & Vice Principal (London) and Senior Advisory Fellow for Culture, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Baroness Deborah Bull is Vice President & Vice Principal (London) and the Senior Advisory Fellow for Culture at King’s College London. She also sits as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.


As Vice President & Vice Principal (London), she provides leadership for the university’s London strategy – one of five priorities within Vision 2029. The strategy sets out shared ambitions to draw London into King’s and King’s into London, maximising the potential of the university’s location in the heart of the capital to create new opportunities for staff, students and alumni, while meeting the needs of London and Londoners.


In her role as Senior Advisory Fellow for Culture, Deborah provides high level leadership for the university’s cultural strategy, supporting King’s research, education and service ambitions through mutually beneficial partnerships with artists and cultural organisations in London and beyond, strengthening an inclusive cultural community at King's and enhancing the university’s position as a global leader in engagement between higher education and culture.


Deborah joined King's College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as a performer and then as creative leader and cultural commentator. She danced with The Royal Ballet for twenty years before joining the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, including its innovative ROH2 programme. She became Creative Director in 2008, taking executive responsibility for ROH Collections and leading on the organisation’s Olympic programming as well as its live relays to Big Screens nationwide.


Deborah writes and presents a wide range of work for television and radio, is the author of four books, and regularly writes and speaks across the media on issues relevant to her work at King’s. She was nominated for a life peerage in June 2018 and joined the House of Lords as Baroness Bull in July 2018. Deborah has served on the Boards of South Bank Centre, Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC, as a judge for the 2010 Booker Prize and was a member of the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has received honorary doctorates from Derby University, Sheffield Hallam University, the Open University, Kent University and Lincoln University and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts in 1998.

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology, University College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and a Wellcome Research Fellow at University College London. Her work focuses on the effects of social, cultural and community engagement on health, with a particular interest in arts and health.


Daisy studied at Oxford University and Kings College London before completing her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL. She undertook postdoctoral work at the Centre for Performance Science (a partnership of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music) before returning to UCL in 2017. Daisy has received over £17m in research funding from the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC, NERC, Arts Council England, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, and various medical research charities. Her work has been recognised with awards from the British Science Association, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal Society for Public Health and NHS England.


Daisy is currently a consultant to the World Health Organisation on arts and health, recently publishing an evidence synthesis of 3,500 studies on arts and health that was named the Global Aesthetic Achievement of 2019. She also works closely with NHS England and Public Health England on the evaluation of social prescribing and leads the MARCH Mental Health Research Network, bringing together over 1,600 researchers and community organisations focusing on community assets and mental health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daisy has been leading a team running the UK's largest study into the psychological and social impact of the virus, providing weekly data to government, the NHS, Public Health England, and hundreds of community and third sector organisations. She is also leading the COVID-MINDS Network: an international network of over 130 longitudinal studies exploring the global mental health impact of the pandemic.


Daisy has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a BBC New Generation Thinker and regularly appears on BBC Radio 3 & Radio 4.



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