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Mayor welcomes further progress in Medical School plans

06 August 2020

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, has warmly welcomed news that Ulster University's new School of Medicine at Magee can officially begin the process of recruiting future doctors.

The University confirmed today that it had successfully progressed through the next stage in the General Medical Council's quality assurance process for new medical schools. This will now allow the university to recruit staff and students ahead of the planned opening date of September 2021.

Speaking following the announcement, Councillor Tierney said he was delighted to see the campaign reach the next stage in its delivery. "The delivery of the Magee Graduate Entre Level Medical School is a major strategic project for the growth and development of this City and the North West. I am delighted that following the announcement from the Executive last month that money had been ring-fenced for the school, the momentum is continuing and positive progress is being made.

"More than ever we are conscious of the serious need for locally based, skilled medical professionals. The new Medical School will offer the opportunity for local medical students to live and work close to home, as well as attracting new students to locate here in the North West. It has the potential to boost the region's profile as a centre of clinical excellence and innovation, in tandem with the pioneering research work that is currently taking place at Altnagelvin.

"I want to acknowledge the huge amount of work that has gone into the delivery of the School of Medicine to date and I look forward now to the successful completion of the next steps in this process and to welcoming new students in 2021."

The Graduate Entry Medical School programme will offer students who have successfully completed an undergraduate qualification the chance to join a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree programme that is unique in Northern Ireland.

For further details on entry requirements and GAMSAT dates at Magee visit: ulster.ac.uk/medicine