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Merger creates UKs largest medical school

1 August 1997

Today, in accordance with the Imperial College Act 1997, the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School merged with Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Total turnover of the enlarged College will be approximately £300 million, the largest of any academic institution in the UK. External research income will be around £100 million.

Within the College the School of Medicine will constitute 24 per cent of the student body, 49 per cent of the teaching and research staff and 51 per cent of the research income.

There are 286 places available on the new undergraduate medical course which starts in October 1998. The six year curriculum, which includes study for an integral modular BSc degree, is fully integrated so that all teaching is related directly to clinical experience.

Chairman of the Imperial College Governing Body, Lord Vincent of Coleshill said that the enlarged and unified College offered great opportunities for better teaching, for improved cooperation in research, both within and between disciplines, for the more flexible and cost-effective use of resources, and for enhancing still further our already world-class reputation.

The Rector, Sir Ronald Oxburgh said: The College is now in a unique position to offer an exciting new medical course and to exploit the opportunities offered by the synergy of medicine with science and engineering. We look forward to major advances in research that lead to better and more cost-effective ways of treating patients and keeping people healthy.

For further information please contact:

Liz Carr
Imperial College Public Relations

Telephone: 0171-594 6703