New medical schools Watch
UCLan are quite new; they also now offer an undergraduate Physician Assistant/Associate integrated masters (so you don't have to do bioscience degree + 2 year masters with placements). ARU is news to me though I was aware they seem to be expanding their biomedical related courses lately so I suppose it makes sense as a prelude to a medical course.
I have doubts ARU completing the new facilities by 2018, although I have no idea what timescale the GMC and government runs on for accrediting programmes and arranging funding for them, respectively.
I suspect the latter problem was the cause for UCLan's programme to be international only; we may see it transition to a typical medical course in coming years if the Conservatives stop gutting every government budget that isn't used for stockpiling nuclear weapons...
Although this is good news for people like me who are hoping to do GEM as it may mean less competition? But I really hope this does not turn into a situation like with pharmacy where we end up with a large excess number of graduates.
It's based in Chelmsford, not Cambridge from what I can find, so it should avoid that issue. I imagine that was part of the shift of the biomedical stuff to the Chelmsford campus originally, and since there isn't a local medical school in the Essex area as far as I know.
But that's what Buckingham seem to be doing with MK hospital, so I guess it could work.
I guess if people from said med schools want experience in e.g. neurosurgery, paeds surgery etc then it'll have to be via optional placements and/or elective only.
As it's the second day of clearing, a timely reminder that for anyone that doesn't get in to study medicine this year, that access to the ARU degree in medicine can be made by transfer from the first year of the Biomedical Science course subject to meeting a number of criteria (listed elsewhere on this site). This transfer route is new and not listed on this site currently, but is discussed in the ARU admissions thread.