Lydia Dye-Stonebridge

Project Manager, London Health HE and Artist

I am currently the Project Manger for London Health HE, which represents London’s schools of medicine and health at a senior level. I studied art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and have a print on permanent display at Louisiana State University. I am also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest academic society, which advocates on behalf of the arts and sciences.

Health and arts share a common intention

There’s this concept you come across in higher educational policy called “high social value”. It usually comes as a caveat to assessing the merit of a course by average graduate pay, and unsurprisingly nursing, teaching and the arts fall into the camp that do not come with a “significant earnings premium”. In short, we know that we’d be a bit lost as a society without people who study these subjects, and know that there is worth in these disciplines.

In my role, I work with people who at the most senior level are committed to making life better – people who want to see that people with learning disabilities get the health professionals they deserve, people who want to support students from all walks of life and people who want to see the NHS continue to thrive. I see that same commitment to social justice in the creative community, which is why I feel health can be right for creatives, and creatives can be right for health.

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