28 June 2006

Firth House transformed into medical teaching centre

Photo: Mark Firth, Nigel Bax and Anthony Weetman at Firth House

Mark Firth, great-great-grandson of the Mark Firth who founded Firth College in 1879, which went on to become the University of Sheffield in 1905, today officially opened the University's new Academic Unit of Medical Education.

The building, known as Firth House, was originally the Firth family home in Sheffield and has now been fully restored by the University and converted to provide an excellent learning environment for undergraduate medical students. The house provides several small-group teaching rooms that enable trainee doctors to work together on projects and practise their clinical skills.

Mark Firth unveiled another plaque in the University last year, when he was commissioned to create a sculpture to commemorate the University’s Centenary Year. ‘On the Primacy of the Square’ now hangs in pride of place in Firth Court. Mark said that he was delighted to have this on-going involvement with the University.