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University of Surrey to open new medical school

By Sam Pither
9 June 2022

The University of Surrey will begin training doctors on a new four-year graduate entry bachelor’s programme.

The new school, whose first intake is expected in 2024, will join the university’s other healthcare training programmes as part of the university’s ‘One Health, One Medicine’ initiative, which brings together expertise from a range of multidisciplinary areas.

Professor G Q Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “I'm so proud to announce that the University of Surrey has begun its journey to train highly-skilled medical doctors. We already have an exceptional reputation for training high-quality health professionals and conducting world-leading research (as evidenced by REF 2021).  

“Building on our multidisciplinary strengths in education, research and innovation across many disciplines, augmented by Surrey’s state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities, the new programme will also benefit from an established and accredited curriculum.”

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A key focus of the school will be on combining the theoretical learning with the University’s regional NHS clinical placement partners, offering students practical experience in a medical environment to prepare them for future employment.

Professor Paul Townsend, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, said: “Our medical school will combine an outstanding core teaching experience with the benefits of working alongside our multidisciplinary research specialisms – for example, through our Institute for People-Centred Artificial Intelligence and 5G Innovation Centre. 

“We have an exceptional interprofessional learning environment; our medical students will train with and alongside students from our highly respected nursing, midwifery, paramedic and veterinary medicine programmes, all ranking within the top ten in the Complete University Guide 2022.”

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