Rachel Mahony is a recipient of a St George's Postgraduate Scholarship for Global Health. She is currently undertaking the Global Health, Ethics and Law MSc.
I am a criminal barrister and I have an interest in medical ethics hence why I joined the course. I did medical law and ethics in my undergraduate law degree and I thought this course would be suitable for me as a result. I have also been in the military reserves and the course has a conflict and catastrophe module which I am interested in as a result of my experience. I have been in a Medical Regiment and also an Engineer Unit in my time in the reserves and lots of the elements of the course appealed to me, both from the legal side and the medical and military side.
I have also done some work with the NHS over the Covid-19 pandemic at St George's Hospital and Barts Hospital in London.
I have been very impressed with the lecturers and it has been a very interesting course, mixing my humanities background with science insight into global issues of health and disease. There is huge range of experience within the cohort of students - doctors, nurses, NGO workers add to the variety and interesting discussions on the course. There are also students who have worked in those areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. I have been impressed with how the lecturers have brought the subjects to life with the depth and breadth of their experience and expertise.
The scholarship has meant that I can pursue a future career to become a coroner and this course has enabled me to bridge the gap between my humanities background and my limited science background. I am very grateful to St George's for my scholarship as I hope to move forward in my career and benefit wider society with the skills I have developed on this course.
— Rachel Mahony, recipient of the St George's Postgraduate Scholarship for Global Health