Medical Students (Newcastle)

Health written question – answered on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students there were at (a) the Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School and (b) the Newcastle upon Tyne Dental School in each of the last five years; and what plans she has to increase the numbers of such students.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Table one shows the full-time undergraduate student numbers for medicine and dentistry at the joint Newcastle and Durham Medical and Dental school for 2001–02 to 2005–06. Table two shows the actual intake for new students for 2001–02 to 2005–06.

Table 1: Full-time undergraduate Home and European Union medical and dental students (pre-clinical and clinical) for Newcastle and Durham universities
Dental Medical
2001–02 339 1,023
2002–03 337 1,132
2003–04 344 1,301
2004–05 358 1,440
2005–06 384 1,583
Table 2: Intake to Newcastle Medical and Dental schools
Newcastle medical school(28) Newcastle dental school
2001–02 287 70
2002–03 344 70
2003–04 355 72
2004–05 363 81
2005–06(29) 381 100

(28) Includes students based at University of Durham, Queens Campus, Stockton from 2001–02.

(29) Provisional information awaiting confirmation of July 2006 student numbers in November 2006.


Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey.

We announced jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England the allocation of 108 extra medical school places last month. This builds on the 68.7 per cent. increase in medical school places we have already overseen between 1997–98 to 2004–05. Also, 100 extra dental school places were also announced last month, including the development of a new dental school in the South West. All these places were allocated following highly competitive bidding exercises. We will continue to look at the scope for further expansion in line with national health service and workforce planning requirements.

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