Financial boost offered for medical course
Fri 17 January 2020, 10:36 am
A student aspiring to become a doctor will be given a financial boost after Medway Council announced it would offer a full-fees scholarship for a new course.
The scholarship will cover the course fees for the full five years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) course at Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS).
KMMS is a collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, and is due to welcome its first students this year. The scholarship is open to students from Medway who have a confirmed place at KMMS.
A ceremony to mark the progress of the new medical school building was held in December. It is due to open in July 2020, and will provide students with a 150-seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT suites, social spaces and a GP simulation suite. In October, KMMS received more than 1,500 applications for its 100 places on the BM BS course.
Adam Worrall, operations director from construction company Willmott Dixon, provided an update on the building’s development and sustainability at the event.
Talking about the scholarship Councillor David Brake, the council’s portfolio holder for adult services, said: “We are proud to be supporting the learning and development of our students who aspire to become doctors. We are committed to supporting people to achieve their full potential and this scholarship is a prime example of our commitment.
“The Kent and Medway Medical School is not only a fantastic opportunity for students, but it will also benefit our local health care system and help to increase the number of medical students and GPs across Kent and Medway.”
Chris Holland, founding dean at Kent and Medway Medical School, said: “This scholarship is a powerful example of how Medway Council is supporting the ambitions of the Kent and Medway Medical School.
“It is great that this scholarship will support a student from Medway throughout their five years studying with us.” Full details of the criteria for the scholarship will be available at: www.kmms.ac.uk