St George’s cuts graduate entry places
- By: Elizabeth Dunningham
St George’s University of London (SGUL) medical school is cutting student numbers on its graduate entry programme, from the 120 places offered in 2012 to a target of 50 in 2014.
SGUL gives several reasons for the action, including the national reduction in the numbers of medical students, the impact of £9000 (€10 700; $14 500) fees, and uncertainty over government funding. A spokesperson for SGUL said external factors have driven the university “to carefully review the balance of student numbers between the five year entry and the graduate entry programme to ensure that we have a strong and sustainable basis for student recruitment.”
The university is making more places available on its five year course—35 more in 2014 than were available in 2013. The spokesperson said the five year course is a more accessible course than graduate entry course, since it “can be targeted at schools with low higher education participation