UNIVERSITY facilities of international excellence are thought to have sparked a ‘dramatic’ rise in applications to study medicine in Sheffield.
A £3.5 million project will benefit the 2,500 students hoping to become doctors, nurses and dentists with The University of Sheffield each year.
Now the medical school, in Broomhill, includes a new open-plan social learning hub, state-of-the-art technology and a new library.
It was officially unveiled by Sir John Savill, chief executive of the Medical Research Council.
Prof Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, said: “As a result of this work, our facilities now truly are world-class and it is not an exaggeration to say The University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health now has the highest quality facilities of any university in the UK.
“We have also seen a dramatic increase in applications to study medicine at Sheffield - very much linked to the fact we now have a quality environment which matches the excellent work carried out.”
Training medics are given an insight into life on a hospital ward at the new Clinical Skills Centre in Samuel Fox House at the Northern General Hospital, Fir Vale.
It has hospital wards, an intensive care centre and resuscitation rooms, all linked by a web-based audio visual system which allows students to be observed and recorded as they undertake clinical tasks.
Ben Holden, a current student and Medical Society President, said: “Those of us studying here feel incredibly privileged.”