Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.

Student Zahra Mollaie at the University of Sunderland pharma labs

High-achieving Excelsior College students were given an invaluable insight into a career in pharmacy by world-leading practitioners at the University of Sunderland.

The eight students took part in a range of pharmacy taster sessions in the highly acclaimed university laboratories under the expert guidance of its pharmacy team.

The experience day took students through workshop sessions including hospital and community pharmacy, as well as dispensing and cream making.

The students learned from the best. Pharmacy has been taught at Sunderland for over 90 years.

Research into pharmacy at the University of Sunderland was described as ‘world leading’ by the Research Excellence Framework with Pharmacy and Pharmacology courses there ranked in the top ten in the UK for career prospects after six months, according to the latest Guardian University League Tables.

Excelsior Academy UCAS Advisor/Progress Tutor Anna Wallbanks, said: “It really gave students an idea of what a career in pharmacy actually looks like.

“The students found the day extremely useful; all are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy and found the day very enjoyable, especially the cream making!

“The experience really showed students that pharmacy is a much more demanding job than people think – it’s not just about giving out medication. There’s a lot more happening behind the scenes, especially in community, hospital and industrial pharmacy.”

The Excelsior students involved in the university experience day were: Zahra Mollaie, Ismael Amiri, Grace Jecco-Obi, Humaira Sardar, Shahd Senussi, Nessrin Almaghtuf, Raza Hussain and Sumaiyah Naz.