Sean Williams

Year 2 in 2015

As you can probably tell from the photo I am a mature student and, at 34, the oldest in my year. Previously I was in the military. I joined Sandhurst in January 2002, four months after 9/11, which went on to shape my military career. In 2011, I left the Parachute Regiment and started medicine. After completing the Keele Health Foundation Year I gained access onto the medical course.

Instantly I loved being part of the school. It is a small but ambitious school, which endeavours to create well-rounded doctors. The staff are excellent and they know every student that is on the course, something that isn’t possible in the larger medical schools. The intimacy and support of the school allows for a great learning environment, which I feel lucky to be a part of. The course is based around a spiral curriculum, supported by Problem-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is usually presented in the form of a short case each week and your PBL group set objectives that are supported by lectures, labs dissection and practical skills. I believe one of the biggest positives about Keele is that it gives you early clinical experience that is different from many other schools. This earlier experience in my opinion is the bedrock as to why Keele graduates make excellent clinicians.

I feel I have to find new superlatives in order to explain how great the Keele University School of Medicine is. Ultimately the school is not an arrogant organization and is comfortable in its own skin. If you’re a mature student there are many hurdles that it may seem difficult to achieve. I have overcome them all supported by the University and have no regrets.