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St George's, University of London

St George's, University of London is the UK's only university dedicated to medicine, science and healthcare teaching and research.

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Specialist
Specialist

Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: S49

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 65%
  • Part Time 35%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library includes 40,000 books, theses and multimedia materials along with over 8,000 e-journals, with technology-enabled workstations. There is access to the library and study spaces 24/7 (except during August). Students also have access to the expansive learning resources centre in Kingston.
  • Drop-in clinics help students with study skills and MSOffice applications.
  • IT facilities include over 260 PC workstations, with three rooms open 24 hours a day, as well as over 60 Wi-Fi-enabled laptops within the library. There is Wi-Fi access throughout the library and across campus. In order to facilitate the submission of placement assessments, students use e-portfolio software on tablets which are fully supported by the university.

Student jobs

  • Students are given the opportunity to make some extra money, develop employability skills and make a difference to a young person's life by working as St George's student ambassadors. Ambassadors undertake a range of work, from teaching clinical skills lessons at summer schools to assisting with university open days and events; last year they worked with over 1,000 young people aged 9–18. Student ambassadors are paid the London Living Wage.

Careers advice

  • Careers workshops are integrated with most course programmes, covering topics such as CV or application writing, career progression and interview skills.
  • Students are able to book a one-to-one appointment with a careers consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability, including making career decisions, finding jobs, and mock interviews; or with the Applications Adviser to support CV, application, personal statement and LinkedIn profile review.
  • Students can access online career resources and information, as well as jobs and volunteer opportunities, on the virtual learning environment.

Health services

  • The university assists students with registering with a local GP (general practitioner) and dentist.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A full counselling service is available. Counselling services, including CBT and mindfulness, are available year round.
  • 24/7 online support is also available.

Disability support

  • Advisers are available to support any student or potential student with a disability or specific needs.
  • The university was a partner in the General Medical Council's Gateways project, helping develop guidance to encourage people with disabilities into medicine.

Other services and facilities

  • Specialist course facilities include extensive clinical skills laboratories, a self-directed learning room and simulation suites. There are new, state-of-the-art facilities for radiography students as well as a fully resourced dissection room and pathology museum.

Students' Union

  • Facilities for students include the Students' Union bar, school shop, games room, music room and dance studio. There are over 100 clubs and societies for students to get involved with during their time at St George's.
  • Students can take part in sports, campaigns or charitable work. An active social calendar represents the diversity of the St George's student population, and there are events to further learning and career development.
  • Professional support is available to students who are facing personal challenges during their time at university.

History

  • St George's first began training doctors through St George's Hospital, which registered its first apprentice doctor in 1751. In 1834 St George's Hospital Medical School was formally established; in 1836 it joined the University of London. This combined the advantages of a smaller specialist institution with a community feel, with that of one of the largest and most diverse universities in Britain.
  • In 1995 a joint faculty was established with Kingston University, and today St George's is the UK's only dedicated health sciences university, sharing a site with St George's Hospital, one of London’s largest and busiest hospitals.
  • In 2019, St George's, University of London was named the UK's top university for graduate prospects four years in a row (Complete University Guide 2016–2020).

Fascinating Fact

  • Based in a hospital, St George's, University of London has a long history of training doctors. In 1796 Edward Jenner (student from 1770 to 1774) successfully performed the first vaccination against smallpox; the disease was declared eradicated in 1980.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • John Hunter − often referred to as the father of modern surgery.
  • Edward Jenner − inventor of the smallpox vaccine.
  • Patrick Steptoe − pioneer of IVF treatment.
  • Muriel Powell − a leading advocate for the nursing profession in Britain.
  • Harry Hill − comedian, entertainer and writer.
  • Paul Sinha – comedian and broadcaster.

Address

St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0RE