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William and Kate meet UU students during one-day visit

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met nursing and medicine students in Derry during a one-day visit.

William and Kate visited Ulster University (UU) where they caught up with nursing students who they previously spoke with on a video call about their experience of studying during the pandemic.

At the start of the first lockdown the students from UU's School of Nursing joined the frontline fight against Covid-19 working on wards or in the community.

During the call, Kate told the trainees: "Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn't have chosen a better career choice and it's needed now more than ever."

Yesterday, the pair also met the first cohort of medical students accepted into the university's new school of medicine at its Magee campus.

The school was established this year in response to the shortage in the medical workforce, with the aim of training the next generation of doctors.

They were shown a specially designed simulated ambulance, the only one of its kind in the region, built on campus to train the very first-year group studying the new BSc Hons paramedic science programme in Northern Ireland.

The course, which started last week, is offered by UU to support the development of the paramedic profession in the north and further afield.

Away from the text books and practical lessons, William and Kate also learned how the undergraduates relax and spend their free time when they visit the students' union.

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