The developing new medical school located at the University of Kent Canterbury campus has reached a new milestone with a topping-out ceremony occurring earlier this week.
There were many turnouts at the ceremony which includes University of Kent Professor and vice-chancellor Karen Cox, Professor Chris Holland, Canterbury Christ Church university vice-chancellor and principal Professor Rama Thirunamachandran and the Founding Dean of KMMS. Professor Cox composed a speech and offered huge appreciation to those involved in the project which was announced back in early 2018.
Construction company Willmott Dixon was praised for their work so far, with the operations director of the team providing an update on the medical buildings development and thanking those who have helped. A £4 million award was given towards the development recently by South East Local Enterprise.
The medical school will be a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent and is planned to be open by July 2020. It’s already received an outstanding amount of recruitment applicants with 1,500 people applying with only 100 spaces available for the first year.
According to the University of Kent website it will ‘offer a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree with medial placements in Primary, Community, Mental Health and Secondary care’. With the aim of providing ‘highly-new trained doctors and GPs’ in the region.
It will offer all the services of a general university such as IT suites, seminar rooms, a 150 seat lecture room, social spaces and a GP simulation room.