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New prospectus and new staff as the Hull York Medical School gears up for its first intake

Posted on 2 June 2003

A striking new prospectus and the appointment of another group of internationally-respected staff have been announced by the new Hull York Medical School as it gets ready to open its doors for the first time.

HYMS, the landmark medical school established by the Universities of York and Hull, has attracted 1,100 applications for 130 places THIS YEAR. The first students arrive in September.

Students have been attracted by the international reputation of the two universities, which both already have respected nurse training programmes. Meanwhile, the prospectus for students applying for places in 2004 has been launched. It is a 28-page, full-colour brochure with attractive pictures and text profiling the Medical School, the region, and the NHS.

Professor Bill Gillespie, Dean of HYMS, said: "The School will be providing a world-class opportunity to study an exciting and forward-thinking curriculum. We'll be attracting and educating the very best. This bright new prospectus highlights the huge amount each University, and the region, has to offer."

The new staff are:

  • Dr Menos Lagopoulos who has been appointed senior lecturer in anatomy. He comes from a similar post at St George's Hospital Medical School in London, where he has focused on teaching and writing workbooks. His research areas are peptic ulcer diseases, sports injuries, and trauma.
  • Dr Samuel Cobb becomes lecturer in anatomy. He is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College, London. His research interests are in the interpretation of morphological differences in terms of underlying developmental processes.
  • Dr Sarah Elton has also been appointed lecturer in anatomy. She joins HYMS from the University of Kent where she has been a lecturer in biological anthropology. Her research centres primarily on primate and human functional morphology and evolutionary anatomy.
  • Lesley Dewhurst is the new Interprofessional Education senior lecturer for HYMS. She has developed modules across health professional courses including radiography, physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, and clinical sciences. She researches collaborative working, including with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Jim Kerslake has been appointed online learning officer and web developer. He has wide experience in website development in university and commercial environments.

Notes to editors:

  • Students will graduate with a degree from both universities
  • Copies of the HYMS prospectus are available from the admissions offices of either University: University of Hull: 0870 126 2000 University of York: 01904 433527
  • The medical school curriculum provides an unusual variety of study, with rural and urban contrasts, a strong emphasis on community-based medicine, a focus on evidence-based treatments, and the teaching of communications and management skills.
  • HYMS aims to improve healthcare services in an area with significant health deprivation and is expected to boost the regional economy through developments in biomedical and health services research. It is also hoped that it will help recruit and retain high-quality clinical staff and create new jobs.

Contact details

David Garner
Senior Press Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322153