Swansea University Medical School, UK

Swansea University first attempted to establish a medical school in the 1960s but initially missed out to other schools. The university did succeed in introducing Genetics and Biochemistry departments, laying the foundations for future expansion into medicine.

Following Welsh political devolution in the 1990s, fresh calls were made to establish a medical school to serve the people of south-west Wales. In 2001, the Welsh Government established a medical school at the university’s Singleton Park campus. By 2004, the clinical school had developed into the School of Medicine, welcoming its first students onto the Graduate Entry Medicine course – a 4-year fast track graduate entry programme in 2004 in collaboration with Cardiff University. Swansea University Medical School – Data Science building.

The Medical School has undergone considerable expansion, with the opening of the Institute of Life Science 1 (ILS1) in 2007, the Institute of Life Science 2 in 2012.A Centre for NanoHealth, the first of its kind in Europe opened in 2011 for research into NanoHealth technologies.

In 2012 ILS2 became home to one of 4 UK centres for eHealth Research (HeRCs) funded by a Medical Research Council led consortium of funders.The college also hosts the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework gave the Medical School a glowing report, ranking it joint 1st as the best research environment in the UK and 2nd in the UK for overall research quality. The new Data Science building was opened in 2015.

In 2016, Swansea University Medical School was awarded the highly coveted Athena SWAN Silver award, making it the first department in the university to achieve the prize, dedicated to promoting equality in the workforce.

In March 2017, a number of new developments were announced as part of the ARCH project, including two new Institutes of Life Science, and the Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village

The school currently employs 4 main research themes Biomarkers & Genes, Devices, Microbes & Immunity Patient & Population Healthy. These themes are centred around the main research facilities, including Biomedical Laboratories, Informatics, the Institute of Mass Spectrometry, the Centre for NanoHealth, Commercial Incubators and the Joint Clinical Research Facility.

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