Academic | Posted 01.02.2019

Many congratulations to Toby who has already received three offers to read Medicine at university next year, including an offer from Downing College, Cambridge.  Imperial College London has also offered Toby an undergraduate President’s Scholarship, their most prestigious award.

To support his application, Toby carried out a considerable number of observations of medical procedures, observing the teamwork required from the doctors and nurses involved.  This experience inspired Toby to use his Extended Project Qualification to investigate the extent to which cancer research will help in the treatment and prevention of colon polyps.

Throughout his Poetry year, via the chaplaincy’s Arrupe programme, Toby visited a school for pupils with autism on a weekly basis, caring for children from 5 to 18 years old.  Further to this experience, Toby worked alongside palliative care doctors in a hospice, and he also gained a valuable insight into medicine when he took part in the SCHT holiday week, caring 24 hours a day for a child with trisomy 13.

Toby also set up a scientific and medical society at Stonyhurst in which pupils present topics outside the syllabus in weekly seminar sessions.  This has been a very successful endeavour enabling pupils to develop their skills in research and presentation.

Toby commented: “I was absolutely thrilled to receive an offer from Cambridge to study medicine. The support I received from countless staff through my application process was excellent, and I’d especially like to mention my tutor Mr Hodkinson, who really helped me with my personal statement, and Mrs Fisher for her help with choosing a college and with interview advice.  Medicine is a very long course, and to have the possibility of studying it at such a beautiful place like Cambridge would be an amazing opportunity.”