Twenty eight SJR Honours Programme students from have just returned from a two day trip to Newcastle. On arrival, students had time to explore the city and quayside area, finishing the evening in a local Italian restaurant before taking a walk over the Millennium Bridge. On the second day a full programme of activities had been arranged at the University of Newcastle for those wishing to follow courses in Medicine, Dentistry and the Sciences.
Potential Medics enjoyed a tour of the Medical School, received advice on the application process and took part in an interactive workshop on the difficult decisions doctors often have to make. Meanwhile, those aiming for a career in Dentistry were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Dental Hospital. Students wishing to follow the sciences embarked on a number of activities including a get-to-know-you activity which emulated “speed dating” where the students moved between current university students to quiz them about their particular university course. At the end of the day there was even time to explore the shops of Northumberland Street and Eldon Square before a late evening drive back to Lancashire.
Beth Heaton was one of the many students who benefitted from the day and said, “The facilities at Newcastle University were excellent and I could see myself studying Medicine at this University. I was impressed that they had a full assessment ward, paediatric unit and all the latest medical equipment within the department. The fact that the University is so close to the centre of the city and close to the nightlife has made me seriously consider applying to Newcastle next year”
Ashley Poole commented that the trip was very enjoyable and informative, “This trip has confirmed that Medicine is the career that I want to follow”.
David Gent, the Divisional Leader who co-ordinates SJR’s Future Medics Programme, said, “This proved to be an excellent trip for this exceptional group of young people. Through our partnership with Wrightington Hospital they have had the opportunity to observe many different elements of the medical profession, including surgery taking place in the Hospital Theatre. It is important that they now have the opportunity to experience the facilities available.”