"On behalf of UCL Medical School, I am delighted to welcome our visitors from Ningbo medical School to UCL, and to London. We have designed a course for you which will allow you all to learn about the way we teach our medical students at UCLMS. This will involve some teaching, and some observation of what we do. We are very much looking forward to working with you over the next few months."
Professor Deborah Gill, Director, UCL Medical School
Programme and Resources
UCL Medical School welcomes you to your 16-week long professional development venture.
During this time we have arranged for you to be immersed in teaching and learning in our undergraduate curriculum as well as giving you a peer mentor in our main teaching hospitals.
In order to help motivate you to gather as much information about UCLMS curriculum as possible we would like you to aim towards summarising our curriculum and presenting it to us on the last Anchor Day in January.
We will give you more details about this when you arrive.
Furthermore, we have arranged for you to be involved in a Teaching the Teachers Course where you will gain a UCL certificate. This will include basic clinical teaching skills training, with micro-teach opportunities for all participants, to receive individual feedback on your teaching performance. This is likely to take two working days.
You will be allocated in small groups to observe generic teaching activities, such as communications and ethics teaching, and specialty-specific teaching, to include lectures, small group teaching events, and vertical module and clinical skills training sessions. We hope to arrange a training session on question writing for examinations, and to observe the preparation necessary for setting and marking a written single best answer examination and an OSCE.
Visitors will be given the opportunity for a weekly question and answer session with a range of Faculty members (Anchor Days). UCLMS Faculty will also be made available for any specific additional areas of interest during the visit. This will include visits to our partner district general hospitals.
You will be assigned three mentors:
- UCLMS Faculty member
- Clinician in your specialty
These mentors will be able to advise you on life at UCL, your specialty or academic field, and how to achieve the objectives of your course. Their contact details will be in your welcome pack on your arrival at UCL.
Access to libraries
UCL has several libraries on or near the main campus, the largest being the Main Library and the Science Library. You have free access to these libraries. You will be provided with an ID card at your induction and will have to show this in order to enter a UCL library. You will have free reference access to the libraries; if you would like to borrow items you can apply for this separately.
You can also present your ID card for membership at the following external academic libraries:
- University of London Library, Senate House www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk
- Institute of Education http://www.ioe.ac.uk/services/303.html
- School of African and Oriental Studies www.soas.ac.uk/library
You will have access to UCL’s online library catalogue and general IT services, including the UCL network and email services. In addition, you will have access to a dedicated web space with key information regarding your course and downloadable content to support your studies.
The Self-Access Centre (SAC) is available to all UCL students and staff. The purpose of the SAC is to enable students to supplement class-based learning with self study in their own time. In the SAC you can study using a wide range of computer-based and paper-based activities. There are 30 computer terminals and a well-stocked library of video and audio materials. Satellite and terrestrial TV are also available. Many activities allow you to complete exercises and receive feedback on your performance. Many of the computer-based activities in the SAC can also be accessed from your home via the internet. You can search the SAC database for available materials and a SAC assistant is always available for advice and technical help.
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Living in London
To live in London is to experience one of the great cities of the world. The following section offers guidance on your accommodation, eating and drinking, travel as well as things to do while you are living in London.
The following local amenities are very close to the Bloomsbury campus.
- Santander: 164-166 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1P 0JE
- NatWest: Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
- HSBC: 156-157 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AY
- Travelex: 9 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EG
- Sainsbury's: 145 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7NE
- Tesco: 10-16 Goodge Street, London, W1T 2QB
- Waitrose: 227-233 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7QF
Pharmacy and toiletries:
- Boots: 120-122 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 5AP
- Superdrug: 43 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 2EA
You are responsible for buying your own meals. Cooking facilities are available in the accommodation and fridges and microwaves are available at the Medical School if you would like to bring your lunch with you. Please store all food securely in airtight containers in your offices.
There are numerous food options within the UCL campus offering fair-priced, good-quality food that caters for the wide tastes of UCL's international community, including:
- The Refectory Restaurant
- Courtyard Café
- Bloomsbury Café
- Print Room Café
There are also numerous
restaurants close to UCL. You will not be required to book in advance.
For travel around London, you will have an Oyster card in your welcome pack. These are plastic cards that can be used on all London transport including tubes, buses, DLR and trains (within London) at cheaper prices than regular tickets. You can load the cards with cash directly, or you can purchase a monthly ticket from any London Underground station.
The most commonly used form of transport in London is the London Underground, known as the ‘tube.’ The nearest tube stations to UCL are Warren Street, Euston and Euston Square. You will find tube maps in your Welcome Pack and detailed transport information at:
Booking train and coach tickets
You can book train tickets online at National Rail or you can buy them directly from the station you depart from.
You can book coach tickets online at National Express or you can
buy them directly from the station you depart from.
Tip: Book your tickets in advance to get the best deal.
Students at UCL benefit from a location in the centre of the capital, the hub of culture, arts, politics, government, the media, the law and the great financial institutions of the City. We encourage you to explore the capital independently but responsibly, the following is a guide to support you:
Free student societies and clubs
- UCL public lectures, seminars, films and concerts: http://events.ucl.ac.uk/highlights
- The UCL Student Union (UCLU) organises social events: http://uclu.org/whats-on
- UCLU Chinese Students and Scholars Association: http://www.cssaucl.org.uk/
- Visit London: www.visitlondon.com
- The Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/london-city-guide
- Time Out London: http://www.timeout.com/london
Museums and galleries
There are many museums and galleries in UCL and the local area. Most are free and have a full schedule of interesting exhibitions and events.
- UCL Museums and Collections http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums
- Wellcome Collection http://www.wellcomecollection.org/
- British Library http://www.bl.uk/
- Royal College of Physicians http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/museum-and-garden
- Royal College of Surgeons http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums
Things to do