University celebrates milestone of first pharmacy graduation

The 32 graduates collected their awards at a School of Applied Sciences ceremony at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre yesterday.(Thursday, 2 September 2010)

They have now entered pre-registration training across the UK and will become fully qualified Pharmacists in 2011. The University’s four-year programme is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Amongst those celebrating with family and friends was Susan Furr, who gained a First Class degree and won the Caparo Prize for outstanding achievement.

Professor Rae Morgan, Head of Pharmacy said: “Pharmacy is a highly respected healthcare profession and provides excellent career opportunities for students who are interested in improving the health of patients.”

The University has a small number of places left on its 2010 Pharmacy intake for students with good 'A level' qualifications in Chemistry and other sciences. Dr Steve Safrany is the Admissions Tutor for Pharmacy and he urged interested students to get in touch either via UCAS Clearing or directly on 01902 322291.

Dr Keith Ridge, the UK’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, is being awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his significant contribution to the Pharmacy profession. He will receive his award on Wednesday, September 8 2010.

Dr Ridge became Chief Pharmaceutical Officer in March 2006 and is the lead professional within the Department of Health on implementation of the Government's Pharmacy in the Future programme, progressing the significant role that pharmacists play in a high-quality, patient-centred health service.

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