Class of 2012 graduate in style

July 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Over 500 people attended the BSMS graduate celebration at Hove Town Hall this week, to celebrate the achievements of 119 new doctors who graduated as part of the University of Brighton graduation ceremonies at the Dome.

Luke-Staveley-Wadham, spoke on behalf of the class of 2012, focusing on the inspirational highs and challenging lows. From the first open day, it was clear from meeting the students that BSMS had something different: “I was inspired as it was clear that there was something very exciting happening at BSMS, something that I wanted to be a part of! This enthusiasm continued throughout our time at BSMS, there was always a personable and friendly atmosphere about the place.”

He talked of the shared support the students give each other: “One colleague noted that when things were not going totally to plan the support from fellow students and the year group as a whole was immense. Rather than negative whispering in the background there was genuine support, which I think you will all agree is a tremendous thing”.

He also recognised the support of the staff: “I would also like to thank all the academic and clinical staff that have been involved in our tuition over the past five years. There have been many inspirational figures throughout our training. However two stand out names that I would like to specially mention are Kate Rogers and Helen Flanagan have provided us with all the clinical support during the past 3 years and have been played a pivotal role in helping us to make the transition from students to junior doctors. Not only are they amazingly knowledgeable in their respective fields and fantastic teachers but they are also lovely people.”

And to his fellow graduates he said:”Remember you are not alone in the challenges that you will face especially during these first few months. We maybe spread across the UK, but we as BSMS graduates of 2012 are all in it together!”

Professor Jon Cohen, Dean of BSMS congratulated the graduates on an "outstanding achievement" saying “you will never for an instant regret your choice, and all the hard work it has entailed”. He also recognised the graduates “obvious pride in being part of BSMS”.

Dr Richard Howell, Year 5 Sub-Dean at Royal Sussex County Hospital, also welcomed them to the NHS and recollected his first days as a new doctor, before referring to the transformations that have taken place and in medicine. He reminded them of the remarkable institution that they are now joining and said: ‘for every one negative story about the NHS in the press, I can give you one hundred great stories’.

Awards were presented for both student and teaching staff.

The Brighton and Hove Charitable Youth Trust Prize for Outstanding Personal Achievement awarded to Anne-Cecile Debrach-Schneider by Graham Gordon of the trust.


The Dean’s Prize for Best Contribution to the Student Body and University Life awarded to Elizabeth Cole and Nicola Read.


The Dean's Prize for Overall Performance in Year 5 awarded to Christopher Pavitt.


The Dean's prize for Most Significant Contribution to the Community awarded to Tim Jackson and Lucy McCabe.


Professor Alasdair Smith’s Prize for Best Overall Performance in the Programme awarded to Charlotte Marks.




South East and South West Thames Royal College of General Practitioner Faculty Awards awarded by Professor Helen Smith


First Prize – James Hammond


Second Prize – Victoria Jones


Third Prize – Elizabeth Jackson



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