Students’ hard work secures conference

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TWO students proved they have the chemistry for success by winning a bid to host a top pharmacy event.

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) will be holding the 70th anniversary of its annual conference at Sunderland University thanks to Minna Eii and Mark Learmouth.

The week-long conference is expected to attract 120 undergraduate pharmacy student, and junior pharmacists from across the UK, Europe and as far as Malaysia to the university campus, which has a highly respected pharmacy school.

Mark, 21, from East Boldon, and Malaysia-born Minna, 21, are members of the BPSA and put themselves forward to make representations to the national board to host the conference in Sunderland this month.

After defeating other universities to win the bid, the pair have worked tirelessly, with the help of university staff, to organise entertainment, events, guest speakers, accommodation and conference spaces, all culminating in a grand ball.

Mark, who aims to be a hospital pharmacist, said: “We thought with the opening of the university’s new sciences complex last year, celebrating the 90th anniversary of pharmacy at Sunderland and all the new facilities we have here now, it seemed like the perfect time to host the BPSA event and showcase what is on offer.”