Medicine: Training

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues about establishing a scheme to allow medical students from Ukraine to be placed at UK universities to complete their studies.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)

Universities in Ukraine are striving to maintain the education of their students under extremely challenging conditions. We are working closely with the Medical Schools Council and the Council of Deans of Health who are liaising with universities in Ukraine to help ensure online learning materials are available to medical students to continue their education remotely, which may be particularly beneficial for students who are nearing the end of their course.

Universities in England are autonomous and responsible for their own admissions however I have urged higher education providers to look at how they can support students returning from Ukraine to continue their studies in the UK and show as much flexibility as possible.

Individuals will need to consider their own circumstances and what is right for them. Students who wish to explore their options with higher education providers in England should engage in conversations with their preferred provider to understand the full range of options available specifically to them. This may include restarting their course or studying related courses in the biological sciences or subjects allied to medicine.

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