Durham University gives up teaching medicine

The Holliday Building at Durham University's Queens Campus in Stockton.
The Holliday Building at Durham University's Queens Campus in Stockton.
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Durham University is giving up its medical school.

The university's governors have approved the transfer of its School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University.

The current pharmacy programme is delivered solely by Durham while the undergraduate medical programme is delivered through a partnership between the two universities.

Ninety-five medical students a year undertake two years' training at Durham’s Queen’s campus in Stockton, while 240 are trained at Newcastle University. All students spend their final three years placed in hospitals, GP practices and community settings under the management of Newcastle University.

Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge said: "I would like to thank our staff and students in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health for their contribution to the success of the School and for taking part in the consultation and providing honest and detailed feedback.

"We value our close working relationship with Newcastle University and the transfer of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health will ensure a sustainable and effective regional medical education provision for the region.

"Durham University remains committed to Queen’s Campus and Stockton, where plans for our International Foundation College and other investments are well advanced.”

His Newcastle opposite number Professor Chris Brink added: "We work closely with Durham University in many areas, building collaborations that facilitate world-class research and ensuring the highest quality of education for students.

"We are making a commitment to healthcare in Teesside by investing in teaching facilities in the region. We look forward to welcoming staff and students and building on the relationships that already exist."