Transfer of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
(13 July 2016)
The governing Councils of Durham and Newcastle Universities have approved the transfer of Durham’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University.
The development involves a commitment from Newcastle University to long-term investment in medical education and training in Teesside.
The decision follows extensive consultation with staff and students in the Durham University School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health as well as key external stakeholders. The move comes as Durham develops a new University strategy which focuses on where it has the potential to offer the greatest regional, national and global impact in terms of research and engagement (across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities), education and the wider student experience.
The transfer of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University will ensure a coherent and sustainable regional medical education provision for the future. It positions Newcastle as one of the few Universities in the leading Russell Group which will be able to offer programmes and research in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, psychology and pharmacy with synergies across all three of its Faculties.
The earliest any changes to programmes will take effect will be for the start of the 2017/18 academic year though detailed timings are yet to be agreed. Both universities will carefully manage the transition and will provide appropriate support to minimise any disruption.
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.”
Newcastle University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Brink said: “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.”