The generosity of Ulster University’s graduates and friends has provided 10 students with scholarships and all 73 of the first cohort of the Ulster University School of Medicine students with their first stethoscope.

A range of donors have helped create access to a medical education for 10 students. These scholarships aim to widen access, in supporting the education and future careers of those who are less likely to progress to Graduate Entry Medicine programmes due to financial, social and logistical barriers. The scholarships were supported by Dr Susan K Whoriskey and Dr Doug Baker, Heron Bros, Optum Healthcare, The Honourable the Irish Society and an anonymous donor.

Aoife O’Donnell, recipient of one of the ‘Of the Community, For the Community’ scholarships says:

"As someone who was born in Derry and grew up in Donegal, it is so special for me to be studying medicine at Ulster University’s Magee campus. I feel so privileged to have been selected for this scholarship and am humbled by and grateful for this incredible kindness and generosity. It offers me the opportunity to fulfil my dream of becoming a doctor without having to overcome financial barriers."

We also saw the Ulster University come together again to help raise over £6000 in a matter of days to provide each School of Medicine student with the lifetime gift of a stethoscope.

Professor Louise Dubras, Dean of Ulster University's School of Medicine says:

"A stethoscope is an essential piece of equipment that physically connects the doctor to their patient. Holding one's first stethoscope is a rite of passage that all doctors remember and cherish. We are also delighted to be welcoming Ulster University's first cohort of medical students this month and providing them with a stethoscope signals the start of their journey to becoming a doctor."

Thank you to all our donors for helping to transform lives.

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