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2016 Medicine graduate.

What have you gone on to do after graduating?

I graduated in 2016 after spending 6 years at Newcastle which included my medical degree and an intercalated year of study during which I completed a Masters of Research in Cancer.

I went into employment as a Foundation Doctor in August 2016 at St Mary's Hospital in London.

What were the benefits of the PARTNERS Programme for you?

I was naturally really nervous about attaining the required grades to get into medical school and so PARTNERS offered a very attractive option for me with the reduced offer on completing the Academic Summer School.

I found the Summer School itself very helpful in orienting me into the city and the campus itself. It also meant that I got to meet people starting at Newcastle that September ahead of time and made me more confident about starting university as there were already some friendly faces!

The PARTNERS staff and reps were all so friendly and kind and really cared, easing the whole transition from school/sixth form.

If you could give advice or tips to a new PARTNERS student, what would it be?

Embrace the opportunity being given to you - not everyone is fortunate enough to have this kind of provisions, PARTNERS offers a great opportunity to make friends and gain some confidence in the campus and your chosen degree ahead of everyone else, so when your flatmates/course mates turn up on day 1 you can use this to your advantage by showing them around and thus make friends!

Any final words...?

I am so grateful for the opportunity PARTNERS gave me - without it I may not have gone to Newcastle and I cannot rate my degree and time at Newcastle highly enough. The team are brilliant!