This week Queen Mary University of London held the opening ceremony for their new satellite campus for the teaching of medicine in the heart of Ilford.
Working with Redbridge Council, Queen Mary has taken over the 12th floor of council building Lynton House, under a long-term lease. The space will be used for education purposes enabling our physician associate students, medical students, colleagues from Queen Mary’s NHS partners and the local community to learn both in the classroom and a mock ward environment.
Professor Arunthathi Mahendran, Queen Mary’s Director of the Institute of Health Science and Education, said:
“I’m an Ilford girl, I grew up just a stone’s throw away from here, in the midst of a strong and supportive Jewish, Gujarati and Punjabi community. Today, that community has given way to a different vibrant and dynamic community. But the hopes, the aspirations and the dreams this local community has, are the same ones my parents and grandparents had. Our vision at Queen Mary is ‘opportunity for all’, whatever your background or life circumstances. And our mission is to provide the most inclusive education of its kind, anywhere in the world, therefore we want to engage the local community with our Medical School so local people can access medical education and healthcare training. In Lynton House we are reimagining how to teach and learn Medicine whatever your background. If you have a strong work ethic, talent, ability and drive then what you need is the opportunity to achieve your potential. At Queen Mary, we are about providing that opportunity. This splendid learning space at Lynton House, is a testament to that vision.”
The move forms part of Redbridge Council’s commitment to supporting local people to improve skills and gain employment by expanding local opportunities.
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said:
“A good education can transform lives, Redbridge is home to exceptional schools and colleges and now, thanks to our partnership with Queen Mary University of London, a new world class university in the heart of Ilford.
Now local people can achieve their dreams and meet their aspirations right on our doorstep in Ilford. We’re incredibly proud to partner with Queen Mary and look forward to seeing the opportunities the new Ilford Medical School Campus will create for local families, students, and our local area”
Queen Mary University of London is ranked among the best universities in the country and is one of 24 leading UK universities who make up the prestigious Russell Group.
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