University of Derry celebrates first medical scholarship

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The University of Ulster celebrates its first Medical Education Fellows, the donors and partners who made this possible, and welcomes its second cohort of scholars to the Magee Campus School of Medicine.

Launched in 2021, the University of Ulster Medical Scholarships supported ten students in the inaugural year of the School of Medicine and will support ten more in 2022-23 with this life-changing opportunity .

To date, £380,000 has been secured to support scholarships which aim to remove the financial barrier for people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to access medical education.

The university was also able to provide 150 students with their first stethoscope through donations from private sector donors, as well as improve the teaching and learning environment at the medical school through an investment of £1.25million in Professor of Medicine Randox.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Professor Carol Curran spoke of the impact of this support: “This support contributes significantly to our commitment to our students and staff, significantly improving the quality of our teaching, research, and campus, whether by providing scholarships that significantly enhance the student experience, or by investing in academic quality through teaching and research positions, such as the support for medical professor Randox.

“We were delighted to recently welcome our donors and partners to an event at our Magee campus in Derry to celebrate our inspiring students and the impact of our donors and partners’ investment in the School of Medicine.”

Rua Feehan, Heron Bros Scholar 2021 and second-year medical student at Ulster University, said: “Without this financial support, I simply would not have been able to pursue a career in medicine, which has been the one of my goals because it aligned my interest in science with my desire to help those in need.

“It’s very hard to put into words how grateful I am for the generous support of The Heron Bros.

“Quite simply, getting the medical scholarship changed my life.”

The Dean of the School of Medicine Foundation, Professor Louise Dubras, said, “Supporting the School of Medicine at the start of its journey is transformational and improves our work immeasurably.

“It benefits our employees, our students and our staff, it benefits our place, improving our campus and the student experience, and it benefits our partnerships, and these will be essential in ensuring that we get better. better and position ourselves and the city of Derry as the go-to university for graduate-entry medicine.

Gavin Killeen, Ulster University graduate and supporter of the Gavin Killeen Medical Education Scholarship, says: “I have decided to support this scholarship as I am acutely aware of the impact of creating the School of Medicine in the North West, which will help address the continuing shortage of medical personnel and build a sustainable medical workforce for the region.

“I also admire the willingness of these people to take that brave step into education and begin their journey to becoming a doctor.

“I believe this opportunity should be given to those with potential, not just those with the financial means, which is why I am investing in this way to help support equity of access.”

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