School history

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The School

The Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent. The School received approval from the RPSGB to take the first cohort of students onto the pharmacy degree in September 2004. The School is situated in the heart of a new multiversity development in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

The Multiversity campus

The multiversity campus is a unique partnership between the Universities of Kent and Greenwich, Mid Kent College and Christ Church University with shared facilities. It is estimated that in five years time the campus will hold up to 6500 students where each institution will offer its own range of courses, both full-and part-time. Students are able to draw on state of the art facilities as well as enjoy the benefits of a shared student union with many sporting activities. The campus is also opening up opportunities for people without traditional qualifications. This is bringing a good balance of mature and younger students all of whom benefit from each other’s life experiences.

The campus was originally the home of the former HMS Pembroke Royal Navy barracks.  In 1994, the University of Greenwich established a campus on the upper level, investing heavily over the next decade to improve and expand its facilities.  In 2003, architects RMJM started work to create a visually striking shared campus which combines the historic nature of the site with the best of British contemporary architecture.  In particular, the Grade II listed Drill Hall is a state-of-the-art learning resource center, incorporating a library with teaching space and ICT facilities.


Medway may be a location name, but it is actually an administrative area comprising the various towns as they are known locally, namely Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and Strood and takes its name from the strategically placed river set half way between London and the Channel ports.

In the early days the River Medway and its banks saw Roman Legions and 8th Century visits from the Danes. The Normans then fortified Rochester giving them control of the river. The area then became a major ship-building port and Chatham Dockyard was formed in 1547. Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey was also developed to complement the Medway naval activities. It had a deep port and was a good vantage point for setting defence guns.

Medway council is currently making a bid for Chatham to attain status as a World Heritage Site. Chatham has the world’s most complete example of a historic dockyard from the age of sail.

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