Dear University of London,
I would be grateful if the University can consider the following two requests:
Firstly, Birmingham University states in its websites:
"We were the first UK University to incorporate a Medical School"
Does London University have information to show when it believes its Medical Schools were established? Does it have information stating whether the Medical School was incorporated or not?
Was it in 1898 that London University was enabled to teach medical students as well as examining them?
I found this reference to London University, which may be relevant:
"However imperfect the instruments of government, the Act of 1898 had provided the University, for the first time, with both students and teachers. These it had never had before, but only candidates and examiners. (fn. 175) It was this that first gave London anything that could properly be called a university."
Secondly, Birmingham University also states:
"We were the first UK University to welcome women to take medical degrees",
Does London University have information to show when it believes it started to welcome women to take medical degrees?
Was it in 1898 that London University was enabled to teach women medical students as well as examining them?
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Dear Adam Keeler
I am writing in response to your request for information made on 27th September.
The University of London is a federal university comprising seventeen self-governing independent member institutions and a number of central academic bodies and activities. These independent member institutions could also be able to provide figures. Further details of these bodies can be found at the following link:
I will be able to provide you with a response for the institutions directly part of the ‘central’ University. Further details on our structure can be found at the following link:http://www.london.ac.uk/structure.html
The central University does not provide an undergraduate medical course, therefore we would not hold the relevant information in this case.
The member institutions offering MBBS medical courses are listed below. They are separate legal entities and would need to be contacted individually in order to obtain the data (I've included the contact email addresses):
Kings College London
University College London
St Georges Medical School
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
There are other medical related courses at University of London member colleges, which can be searched on the following page: http://www.london.ac.uk/coursesearch.html
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