Westminster Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours students will benefit from the extended work placements scheme set up as a collaboration between the University of Westminster and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit in the Gambia.

The MRC Unit in the Gambia is the UK's single largest investment in medical research in a developing country. The Unit owns a unique resource of clinical data and its research focuses on the human genetic factors that determine resistance and susceptibility to important infectious diseases in Africa and the developing world.

Strengthened collaboration between the University of Westminster and the MRC Unit will present up to four Biomedical Sciences (Sandwich) students with the opportunity to spend their year abroad in the Gambia. Another two eight-week placements will be available for current undergraduate students to undertake over next summer.

Speaking about her placement, Westminster graduate Anca Girnetz said: “I had the opportunity to undertake a summer studentship at Gambia Medical Research Council offered by the University which allowed me to gain valuable experience in research and clinical labs as well as explore a new culture and learn a new language. I believe graduating with a BSc Biomedical Sciences (Sandwich) degree from the University of Westminster will play a big part in my career as it has and it is still shaping me intellectually and contributing greatly towards my personal development.”

The agreement was reached after Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences Dr John Murphy along with lecturers from the Department spent a day at the MRC’s Fajara site in the Gambia, meeting with the Head of Training, Director of Operations and Head of Research Support and discussing the mutual benefits.

Dr John Murphy said: “The collaboration agreement between the University of Westminster and MRC Gambia accurately represents our values to be connected and build relationships with professional bodies across the globe and to constantly push boundaries by engaging our students in research and practice.”

University of Westminster boasts a vibrant international environment which is supported by our Global Engagement Strategy. We maintain extensive connections with universities and industries throughout the world. We are seeking to strengthen international partnerships with institutions that we have already established. Experiences that enable our staff and students to operate in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world are key to our approach.

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