St George's, University of London (SGUL) is a Medical School located in Tooting in South London and it belongs to the University of London system. It is the UK’s only university that it dedicated entirely to medical and health sciences education, training and research.
With roots dating back to 1733, it was in fact the second institution in England to provide formal training courses for doctors – after the University of Oxford. St George's affiliated with the University of London soon after the its establishment in 1836.
The university offers both foundation and undergraduate courses in a wealth of subjects, which include: biomedical science, healthcare practice, healthcare science, medicine and physician associate studies MSc. To facilitate learning, the university is closely affiliated to St George's Hospital and is one of the United Hospitals.
Moreover, a joint faculty was established in affiliation with Kingston University, offering degrees such as: physiotherapy, paramedic science, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work and therapeutic radiography.
To broaden experiences for students, there is a partnership with the University of Nicosia, which features international clinical placements in Israel and the USA.
To facilitate learning, the university library offers an extensive range of specialist medicine and health sciences materials. It also offers study space, group discussion rooms, and computer resource rooms, as well as a social working space.
Notably, in 2015, a new paramedic virtual reality training centre was opened by the university, which emulates a variety of scenes such as a nightclub fire or roadside crash.
To ensure students feel at home, each first year student is assigned a ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ who is in the year above. The 'parents' act as mentors for the new students, while giving them advice about the course and often tutoring them when needed.
Notable alumni include Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, a physiologist and surgeon who pioneered research into bone and joint disease, Sir Francis Darwin a botanist and son of Charles Darwin, and Henry Vandyke Carter, an anatomist, surgeon, and anatomical artist renowned for his illustrations of the book, Gray's Anatomy.