Students benefit from joint meetings
From Mr T. E. Whaley, MRPharmS
On 2 November 2011 the University of East Anglia hosted a joint meeting with the British Society for the History of Pharmacy (BSHP). This was the first of what we at BSHP hoped would become annual joint meetings with schools of pharmacy around Britain.
The second such meeting was held on 1 November this year, when we were invited to the University of Huddersfield and arrangements are already being made for next year with the School of Pharmacy in Cardiff.
The two meetings have both had audiences of over 100, comprising students, university staff, BSHP members, Royal Pharmaceutical Society local practice forum members and those outside pharmacy with an interest in the subject. In Huddersfield, four pharmacy undergraduates from the US on an exchange visit, who had no experience of this type of event, were able to attend, along with students from neighbouring University of Bradford. It is hoped that this broader engagement with the profession, outside the confines of the syllabus, will continue to be of interest and benefit to today’s students.
In addition to the meetings, the BSHP is also able to offer the opportunity to win an annual bursary to any student who wishes to enter a piece of original research on any aspect of British pharmaceutical history. As a result of the kind legacy left by Juanita Burnby, one of our past presidents, the Burnby Memorial Bursary was awarded for the first time in December 2011.
There would appear to be little doubt that the history of our profession holds a fascination for many and the enthusiasm shown by our students indicates that pharmaceutical history will be alive and well for many years to come.
Trevor E. Whaley
British Society for the History of Pharmacy
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11112380
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