The first talk of 2016 was given by Professor Nigel Ratcliffe, Head of Keele University School of Pharmacy, on the 26th of January.
Professor Ratcliffe has had over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held 5 Global Vice President positions within AstraZeneca, his last being Global Vice President of Strategic Partnering and Business Development. In addition to this he is also the Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust board and the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Appointments Board.
During the talk, emphasis was placed on the wide range of career opportunities which can follow a pharmacy degree; examples of which are drug formulation, research and development, clinical and preclinical studies, law, and many more. Even if it might seem unlikely for a pharmacy graduate to work within the area of law and patents, the reality is quite the contrary. Pharmacists, having already essential scientific knowledge on medicines, are able to pass on their understanding when liaising with professionals from varying backgrounds, hence being a worthwhile contributor in fields not always directly related to the pharmaceuticals.