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University consulting on proposals around Pharmacy course

The University of Sussex is consulting upon a proposal not to admit any new Pharmacy students from 2019. 

The University’s Executive Group decided to launch this consultation after low student recruitment to the University’s MPharm degree for the third year running. 

Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), said: “We routinely review our portfolio of courses to ensure that we are offering the degrees that students want to study and that represent our strengths as an institution.

“The demand to study Pharmacy at the University of Sussex has been low over a period of time. 

“The University is currently receiving feedback from staff and students on the proposal. 

“Whatever the outcome of the consultation, I want to be clear that our students will continue to remain our priority.” 

Should the University decide to close the course to new entrants from September 2019, the University is committed to teaching out the course for existing students and ensuring they are provided with the same level of support that it provides to all students as they transition to work or further studies. 

In addition, the University has had assurances from the General Pharmaceutical Council that they will be able to work together to establish a bespoke accreditation process for the Pharmacy course to protect the interests of students. 

Once a decision on the course is taken, the University will communicate this to staff and students.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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