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Lincoln School of Pharmacy prepares to welcome its first students

The University of Lincoln’s School of Pharmacy is ready to welcome its first cohort of students after appointing Director of Pharmacy and Deputy Head of School, Mark Brennan.

The school is housed in the university’s new multi-million pound Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, along with the Schools of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Following a recent visit from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Lincoln School of Pharmacy successfully passed Step 3 of the accreditation process.

This permits the school to begin welcoming new students in September 2014.

The School of Pharmacy will be located in the new state-of-the-art Joseph Banks Laboratories in the park, which is being created in conjunction with Lincolnshire Co-op.

The School of Chemistry will be housed in the new Joseph Banks Laboratories (formerly Becor House) in the Science and Innovation Park. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
The School of Chemistry will be housed in the new Joseph Banks Laboratories (formerly Becor House) in the Science and Innovation Park. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Also joining the academic staff are teaching practitioners Penny Mosley and Nicole Murdock, who are both community-based pharmacists; and Hershel Joshi and Shireen Chin, who are hospital-based pharmacists.

Mark Brennan brings with him years of experience in the design and delivery of high quality learning and student engagement.

With research interests and expertise in the field of healthcare law, ethics and governance, Brennan is the programme leader for the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme at the university.

Mark said: “Our philosophy is to produce graduates that are completely prepared for near-patient practice and delivery of care.

“Students will go out into the world fully equipped with the qualities needed to improve quality of life for patients through the appropriate use of medicines.

“The natural sciences underpin the effective use of medicines and the development of optimal pharmaceutical formulations, but it is also very important students understand the social context of a career in pharmacy.

“At heart I am a pharmacist and healthcare practitioner, but my way of delivering healthcare is through educating future pharmacists. If students have ambition to be altruistic and improve the lives of people, then pharmacy is the path for them.”