News in brief: April 2012
Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has announced that its partner members, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, are to separate. The two intend to expand independently, with Exeter becoming a new medical school named the University of Exeter Medical School, and Plymouth creating a new combined medical and dental school called Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
Peninsula has an intake of 200 medical and 64 dentistry students. The universities say the division of student numbers will be fair. “One of the principle reasons for the change is to allow both universities to invest in their medical and medical/dental schools” said a spokesperson for the universities.
The move has been opposed by Devon Local Medical Committee, representing Devon GPs. It says that the disruption will be “a disaster to all those trying to provide top quality healthcare, education, and research across the region.”