School of Medical Education

Our Facilities

Our Facilities


Our students and researchers have access to a range of excellent facilities.

Our facilities include:

  • two 400-seat lecture theatres
  • a suite of smaller lecture theatres
  • seminar rooms
  • computer clusters
  • a laboratory to learn and practise clinical skills
  • a specialist library

Small group teaching takes place in our seminar rooms. Many of these are based in the newly refurbished Ridley Building, near to the Medical School.

There are a number of computer clusters within the Faculty. Some of these provide 24-hour computer access for students. 

The University's ReCap service makes lectures available online, which is a great resource for revision.

Clinical Skills Laboratory

Our Clinical Skills Laboratory provides a safe environment in which to learn and practise clinical skills.

Students can practise on mannequins, their peers and patient volunteers in a safe environment where mistakes can be made. Supervision is provided by senior staff and young doctors.

Developing clinical skills

The development of early clinical skills is a philosophy which has been held by Newcastle Medical School for many years. Our laboratory allows students to learn and perfect clinical skill procedures before moving onto the wards. These include:

  • basic life support
  • CPR
  • venepuncture
  • pulses and BP measurement
  • clinical examination of the eye, ear, breasts, joints, abdomen and chest

Studying anatomy

In their first two years, students undertake the study of anatomy. This uses cadavers and takes place under the close supervision of the anatomy demonstrators.

This practical experience uses multiple approaches to enhance understanding of clinically applied anatomy. These include:

  • prosections
  • models
  • ultrasound
  • radiological imaging
  • body painting

Students have the opportunity to dissect the body as a Year 4 student selected component.

The Walton Library

The Walton Library caters for students within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. It enjoys an excellent reputation.

The Walton Library is a dedicated library resource for medical students. It's located in the Catherine Cookson Building, within the Medical School.

The library provides access to a wide range of information resources for teaching, learning and research.

For details, visit the dedicated Walton Library pages on the Newcastle University Library website.