Medical bosses welcome new Tower Hamlets “university” specialising in healthcare

A medical chief has welcomed the news that a special “university” is set to open in Tower Hamlets that will teach teenagers about the healthcare industry.

As reported in the Advertiser last week, the government granted approval to the Mulberry University Technical College (UTC), a school for 14 to 19-year-olds that will teach pupils vocational skills alongside traditional qualifications.

The UTC, which was proposed by Mulberry School for Girls in Commercial Road, Shadwell, will specialise in healthcare and digital technology and is due to open in September 2014.

Public health director Dr Ian Basnett, of the Barts Health NHS Trust, said he welcomed the news and will be “delighted” to support the new institution.

“Our vision is to ‘change lives’ and our aspiration will be to help offer students the opportunity to gain real life practical experience working in the community,” he said.

“This will strengthen their links to the community and increase their understanding of local issues which is a fantastic stepping stone to a career in healthcare and a real benefit to us as a local employer.”