Woman of 46 wins place to study medicine
- By: Helen Barratt
A 46 year old mature student has been given a place at one of the country's newest medical schools, at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. Unusually, 57% of the first intake will be mature students; seven of the 110 students starting this autumn are over 40 and a further 22 are over 30. Only 33 are school leavers.
Admissions staff at UEA decided that they could not justify taking an applicant's age into account when considering offering them a place. Although medical schools are technically not allowed to set an upper age limit for successful applicants, it is widely acknowledged that preference would normally be given to younger students.
According to Professor Sam Leinster, dean of the new medical school, a person's contribution to medicine should not just be judged on the length of time they can contribute to the NHS as many older applicants can bring