Wellbeing and wealth of the people of Wales are our priorities says College of Medicine head

As the College of Medicine celebrates its 10th anniversary, Dean and Head Professor Keith Lloyd says that the quality of its research, learning, teaching and interaction with industry and the NHS are making it one of the fastest growing medical schools in the UK.

Speaking at a gala at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum last night (Thursday 24th July 2014), Dean and Head of the College of Medicine, Professor Keith Lloyd said that it is making huge contribution to the health wellbeing and wealth of the people of Wales and beyond, by attracting top class students and researchers, establishing major facilities and working with private companies and the NHS.

College of Medicine 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

The College of Medicine has also marked its 10th anniversary in style with the graduation of more than 70 doctors from the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) an pioneering four-year programme set up in September 2010 following work with the Welsh Government, the Wales Deanery, local Health Boards, hospitals, community organisations, students and the GMC.

Prior to the GEM programme, students at the College of Medicine followed a Graduate Entry Programme in Medicine (GEP), a collaboration between Swansea and Cardiff universities, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, where they studied for two years of study at Swansea before joining the final two years of the Cardiff undergraduate programme.

Now medical students at Swansea can expect to follow an innovative course that reflects the way in which clinicians actually approach patients, by investigating problems and conditions from all possible angles and prepares them to be tomorrow’s doctors.

Professor Lloyd also praised the impact of research being carried out at the College.  He said: ‘Researchers are investigating news ways of detecting disease, understanding how our bodies fight infection and how antibiotics are developed.  Others are looking at how to improve medical devices, grow new cartilage for our joints, evaluate new treatment and harness the mass of data in healthcare to improve treatments and outcomes for people in Wales.

“With major research facilities having been established at the Institute of Life Science and a new Data Science building currently being built it seems that the future is very bright for the College of Medicine.

Professor Lloyd said: Swansea’s medical school is building a virtuous circle – attracting bigger grants, more students, more companies and working to improve the health of the people of Wales and beyond.”

The celebration also saw the publication of a book to mark the College of Medicine's 10th Anniversary.  Read History in the Making in English neu darllenwch Hanes yn Byw yn Gymraeg.   

College of Medicine 10th Gala


View all of the photographs from the evening on the College of Medicine's Flickr feed