APC 2017


On the 18th of February 2017, students and professionals from across the country were welcomed to UEA for the second Alternative Pharmacy Careers (APC) conference. Since the first conference back in January 2016, the student led conference committee came together to source 9 inspiring speakers from a variety of alternative pharmacy backgrounds, who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with 150 delegates. Alongside the keynote speakers, Steve Howard and Simon Gaisford, the day saw 6 breakout sessions, addressing an assortment of areas such as medical writing and veterinary pharmacy. Delegates were given the opportunity to grab a bite to eat and network with company stands, including the British Army and AstraZeneca. Emma Fielding, a second year pharmacy student at UEA and Chair of the committee was delighted with how well the day went saying “ the team has been committed from day one to deliver the conference to such a high standard and I think that is proven by the success of the day.”

As the conference in 2016 was such a huge success, we will be continuing the conference into 2017! The date is set for the 18th of February and will be held in the same venue as last year, so save the date in your diaries! We
are thrilled to have 6 confirmed speakers already with more to be announced. Check out the poster for #APCconf17 bellow and register you interest by clicking the link. By registering your interest you will be the first to know when early bird discounted tickets go on sale!


The Alternative Pharmacy Careers Conference promises to be a motivating and informative day, made by the students and for the students. We understand that each student will be attracted to this event for individual reasons, perhaps you have just begun your Pharmacy degree and are unaware of all the exciting opportunities a Pharmacy degree can lead to. It might be that you’re a student in your third or final year, whose varying placements have left you unsure and indecisive.

One thing is for certain we have organised a day where great minds can come together to share insider knowledge, tips, stories and advice.

Still unsure? Here are 5 things you will miss out on if you don’t attend the APC Conference…

1. Networking12474010_1513214948981357_6554592748205985251_o

Get to know people outside of your school and network and build mutually beneficial relationships. It will be a great day to build up your profile to a world of new faces and new opportunities. It may prove to be the conference where you get to know the right people to help you with your career and open doors that you would not be able to reach on your own.

2. Learn from the experts10291268_1513215555647963_743373446001569152_n

The conference is a fantastic opportunity to ask professionals your questions and achieve an insight into how our speakers used their MPharm
degree to facilitate the career path they have selected. It could help signpost you to appropriate resources and services that could enrich your vocational decisions for your future.

3. Be inspired12647081_1513214368981415_6413469473578254086_n

Be encouraged and motivated by our high-achieving speakers and feel part of a bigger Pharmacy community. Take full advantage of the workshops available on the day, be enthused about your degree and your career in enabling you to make your dreams a reality.

4. Lunch

There is not much to say on this matter except 12669710_1513214825648036_6845826583013124990_n
everyone loves a free lunch!

5. Explore

Take the time to explore alternative ideas that you may not have even considered. Pharmacy is innovative, continually changing and adapting. It is a fantastic time to study this degree because trends are changing and Pharmacy can offer you diverse opportunities unlike any other professional healthcare degree. Our top tip is to come with an open mind on the day and enjoy.