A game-changing legacy of more than £1 million will support University of Plymouth students into medical careers for generations to come.
From September 2023 onwards, a new bursary will benefit around a quarter of the University’s aspiring doctors, as they progress from a foundation year to the first year of their degree.
As part of a drive to open up access to careers in medicine, the fund will target undergraduates from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds.
The £1,158,644 bequest from Jean Johnston is in memory of her late son James, who studied at Plymouth in the 1980s.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Judith Petts CBE, said:
“Mrs Johnston’s support for medical students will benefit generations of trainee doctors, opening many doors to those wishing to undertake medical training. Our medics go on to work across the UK and the world – practising in every area of medicine – so I can only imagine the number of lives that will be impacted by the James Johnston Bursary Fund over the coming decades.”