Two medical schools get green light to award degrees

Two new medical schools have been given full approval by the General Medical Council, meaning they can award degrees to graduating students for the first time this year.

They are Anglia Ruskin University’s School of Medicine, in Chelmsford, Essex, and Aston Medical School, part of Aston University in Birmingham.

Their medical graduates will be added to the medical register from this summer.

Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia, head of the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University, said: ‘One of our main aims is to ensure there are opportunities for people from all backgrounds to study medicine.

‘And we are proud to have a diverse student body that will serve the profession with distinction in the future.’

Prof Helen Cameron, dean of medical education at Aston Medical School, said: ‘Our focus on providing excellent education and support to a diverse range of students, including those from disadvantaged communities, has been at the heart of our mission since the school’s inception.’