University of Leicester eBulletin

Success in the Fast Lane

October 2002
No 228

A student on the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools’ fast-track degree course has won a prize in Rheumatology from the national charity Arthritis Research Campaign.

Andrew Iceton, a final-year student on the four-year MBChB course, won the award with his essay on the subject: “Osteoporosis has been described as the hidden epidemic.   What measures can be taken to reduce the socioeconomic impact?”

His winning essay earned him a prize of £250 plus a medal and certificate from the Arthritis Research Campaign.

Andrew said: “At the time of the essay competition I was receiving teaching in orthopaedics and so I thought that this would be a great opportunity to gain a greater insight into a medical condition that is relevant to this field of study.

The Leicester Warwick Medical Schools’ fast-track MBChB course is open to graduates from the Biological Sciences disciplines. Andrew Iceton took his first degree at King’s College, London, studying Biochemistry and Physiology, joint honours.  

He then worked for a short period with Roche Pharmaceuticals in the field of anti-inflammatory medicines, before coming to Leicester.

He added: “After graduating I am hoping to enter a career in surgery, but it is a little too early to say which specialty at this time as I have enjoyed several of my surgical teaching blocks. The highlights of my medical degree have been those moments when theory and practice finally come together and you can manage a patient from start to finish.

“I’ve enjoyed the fast-track course and look forward to starting work next year as a Pre-Registration House Officer.”

Andrew Iceton will be one of 15 students to graduate from the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools’ four-year medical course in July 2003 – the first cohort of fast-track medical graduates in the country.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further details are available from Andrew Iceton via the University of Leicester Press Office (contact details as below) .

More information on the Leicester Warwick Medical School fast-track 4-year MBChB degree for Biological Sciences graduates is available from Dr Alan Morris, University of Warwick, telephone 02476 523561, email  

Details of the fast-track 4-year MBChB degree for Health Sciences graduates (to commence in 2003) are available from Dr W Montague, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 223 1452, email

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