Medway School of Pharmacy
Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique partnership between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich. The School has achieved full accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council and is recognised as an established School of Pharmacy. The School's mission is to produce, through innovative teaching and research delivered in a supportive and caring environment, high-quality professional graduates committed to lifelong learning.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.
- Medway School of Pharmacy scores consistently highly in the National Student Survey for the quality of its teaching, and has twice been ranked as the UK’s number one higher education institution for student satisfaction. Staff regularly win teaching awards.
- In addition to excellent teaching, student care and support is a top priority. Personal tutors maintain regular contact and offer confidential help with either academic or personal issues.
- The School has an experienced and dedicated team of staff comprising academic scientists, pharmacists and teacher practitioners seconded from the NHS, together with administrative and technical personnel.
- It has a range of innovative programmes and a focus on high-quality, graduate employment opportunities. Many of its graduates are working in a variety of sectors locally, nationally and internationally.
- The School has a commitment to continuing professional development, as exemplified by its Skills for MURs (Medicine Use Reviews) course, which has an online assessment and has attracted many thousands of practising pharmacists.
- Two of the School’s Fd Sc in Applied Bioscience Technology students were honoured at the UK Life Science Skills Awards, receiving winner and runner-up awards in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category, while the School also was a finalist as Provider of the Year.
- Full and part-time study options are available.
- A number of programmes are provided via distance / flexible learning. The Medway School of Pharmacy website, and prospectus, has full details.
Student Services and Facilities
- The Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus is 184ft long and reportedly the longest library in Europe. It has hundreds of study spaces, zoned to provide silent, quiet and group study facilities plus extensive print and electronic resources. There is also a new library café, with four ‘diner’ style booths that seat between four and six students and are equipped with 40” LCD screens connected to a networked PC.
- The Medway Campus also has high-quality, on-site accommodation. The website has full details.
- Students at the Medway Campus have access to a wide range of facilities that are close to the campus including Medway Park. This regional centre of sporting excellence has fantastic facilities including an IAAF standard athletics track, a gym and fitness suite, a 25m pool, a 12-court sports hall and three dance studios. Students receive discounted rates and access to free activities.
- A short walk from the campus is the Dockside Outlet Centre, a shopping centre specialising in clothes and household goods, with an Odeon cinema.
- The Medway towns are multicultural and include a wide variety of superb restaurants. The Medway nightlife is also very good. Rochester, in particular, has a large selection of good-quality, sociable pubs, from familiar chains, such as Wetherspoons, to small landlord-owned pubs.
- The School welcomes applications from disabled people and is committed to enabling disabled students to succeed. Visit our website for more information.
Medway Pharmacy Students’ Association
- The MPSA aims to enrich student life on campus via social events and support, aspiring to foster a sense of unity within the student body.
Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together
- Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together is a new partnership between the Students’ Union University of Greenwich and Kent Union. GK Unions, as it is known, provides a number of vital services.
- It runs a fully staffed, student advice centre, based next to the main reception in Pilkington Building. This offers advice on a range of topics, including academic, finance, student funding and housing issues.
- The centre offers drop-in sessions for basic information or advice, or students can book full appointments for other issues. For further details, visit www.gkunions.co.uk/advice
- GK Unions is a democratic organisation which values the needs and interests of its members. Student officers are elected each year to represent students on the union’s executive committee.
- It also runs Coopers, a friendly campus pub, which also hosts live music, quizzes and a regular acoustic night. GK Unions also runs sports clubs, societies, events, give-it-a-go activities (where students can try out different sports and societies) and the Essentials shop.
- Union events run throughout the year. Students can enjoy the Freshers’ Ball, part of Freshers’ Week, and the Summer Ball, which celebrates the end of examinations. These feature top DJs and bands and a huge range of attractions, such as fairground rides, casinos, inflatable games and simulators.
- The union’s sports clubs and societies are an excellent way of meeting new people and really getting involved in student life.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union and Greenwich and Kent Students’ Associations Together (GK Unions). Over 2,800 jobs were advertised last year across a range of areas.
- Students are employed by the universities in a variety of roles including catering/bar staff and temping. Lots of students sign up for paid Student Ambassador work. There are also many opportunities for part-time employment in the Medway region.
- There is a huge commitment from the School in preparing students for graduate employment throughout their degree courses. Many of its programmes are vocational, with a strong emphasis on professional placements and jobs.
- Pharmacy students also have full access to both the Kent and Greenwich careers guidance services.
- The Medway School of Pharmacy Careers Fair takes place each February, which is attended by a wealth of employers from the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and many other market sectors.
- Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique partnership between the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent.
- The School opened in 2004, and the first cohort of MPharm students successfully graduated in July 2008. It is now recognised as an established school of pharmacy and had a very successful reaccreditation of the new MPharm programme in 2013, with no conditions or recommendations from the regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council.
- Today it runs a range of programmes for scientists and healthcare professionals, utilising extensive laboratories and research facilities.
- The School’s mission is to produce, through innovative teaching and research delivered in a supportive and caring environment, high-quality professional graduates committed to lifelong learning.
- Anne Child MBE – recognised for her service to people with dementia.
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