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News archive - June 2011
New training facility for doctors
A £30M MEDICAL teaching facility for training new doctors is being proposed by the University of Leicester.
It will replace teaching undertaken by the University’s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology in the current medical sciences building which was constructed in the mid 70s.
There will be approximately 12,000 sqm of space in the new building including teaching rooms, computer laboratories, offices and support spaces. A two-storey rectangular base housing the teaching facilities will be surmounted by three four-storey towers, which will house academic and research offices. In between the towers are two glass-roofed atriums providing social space for the building’s 2,350 users including IT facilities and a café.
Subject to planning approval, the University will agree a purchase of the site currently owned by neighbouring Regent College with a view to developing by the 2013/14 academic year. The scheme will be funded from a variety of sources including use of loans, reserves and support from the NHS.
Dr Kevin Harris, medical director at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We know that many students choose to stay in the city where they trained, which means Leicester’s Hospitals has a large pool of trained doctors to recruit from.”
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