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PDA Students

We understand that throughout your degree, you work hard to achieve your goals, with many of you preparing for exams and submitting coursework all alongside working in various pharmacy settings in the evenings and at weekends.

We recognise this commitment to the profession and work to ensure that you have the protection, support and encouragement to achieve success.

The PDA is committed to supporting you throughout your journey to becoming a qualified pharmacist. The views you share with us and the issues of concern to you are of importance both because you are the profession of tomorrow and because you already matter today.

PDA membership includes indemnity and legal defence costs insurance, access to lawyers and pharmacist advisors, and membership of the PDA Union. If you want any advice or support, you don’t need to feel alone and isolated; you can contact us.

PDA membership is FREE to pharmacy students and trainees. If you have not yet joined, we encourage you to join today and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Join today for free

Find out what you get for your FREE membership here.

Have your say on the issues that matter

Your views are important to us, the PDA team attend university career days and deliver lectures, seminars and workshops for students across the UK not only to share information about the PDA but also to learn about the issues affecting you. On your behalf and with your help, we will work tirelessly to continue to campaign for change and raise the profile of the profession and represent your interests.

READ THE PDA STUDENT NEWSLETTERS

Get involved

Along with becoming a PDA member for free, you also have the opportunity to become a PDA Student Rep and play a key role in supporting student members and shaping the future of pharmacy.

Find out more about how you can get involved and become a PDA Student Rep here.

If you are a fourth-year pharmacy student, you will soon be interested in visiting our trainee pharmacist web page where you can find everything you need to support you in your trainee year.

Download our student flyer

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  • Student Newsletter – February 2024

    Sat 24th February 2024 The PDA

    In this edition, read about how PDA Student Reps are continuing to campaign on the issue of pharmacy students being left out of the scope of the NHS LFS and two student members' experiences of the 2023 EPhEU Congress and the 2023 FIP World Congress. Also, learn more about how you can get involved in one of the PDA’s four EDI Networks! 

  • PDA students continue to campaign for fair funding – now with the support of their MPs!

    Wed 10th January 2024 The PDA

    The campaign led by PDA Student Reps for fair funding for pharmacy students began last year and has gathered considerable support. Through MPharm students, PDA Student Reps and others sending letters to their MPs, the issue of pharmacy students being left out of the scope of the NHS Learning Support Fund has (LSF) been escalated to the Minister for Health by several MPs.  

  • The GFTU’s Young Members Development Weekend and the importance of unions

    Mon 27th November 2023 The PDA

    PDA Student Rep, Leah Wakefield-Coates recently attended the General Federation of Trade Union’s (GFTU) Young Members Development Weekend and has reflected on her experience and what she learned during the weekend.  

  • PDA student campaign is making an impact on NHS LSF exclusion issue

    Thu 23rd November 2023 The PDA

    The PDA student campaign to secure fair financial support for MPharm students is gathering pace with multiple members of parliament now responding to the issue. 

  • PDA Student Reps lead campaign to secure fair financial support for MPharm students

    Fri 10th November 2023 The PDA

    Pharmacy students in England, led by PDA Student Reps, are embarking on a campaign to get the MPharm included on the list of healthcare courses eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).  

  • Student Newsletter – October 2023

    Sat 28th October 2023 The PDA

    In this edition, read about the rise in misconduct investigations in universities following the use of AI by some students and what happened at the Welsh Pharmacy Awards. Also, learn more about how the PDA has helped students over the last year and some of the benefits for you when you join the PDA FREE as a Student member. 

  • An award-winning student’s commitment to improving mental health in pharmacy

    Thu 15th June 2023 The PDA

    The PDA recently caught up with Adam O'Neill, the winner of the 2023 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Student Leadership Award, to highlight his inspirational dedication to improving the mental health of his fellow students and the wider pharmacy community.  

  • Student Newsletter – May 2023

    Fri 26th May 2023 The PDA

    In this edition, read about how you can get involved in the Medicines to Ukraine campaign and be part of our delegation at international pharmacy congresses. Also, read about our attendance at the BPSA‘s Annual Conference, the opportunity to get involved in the new PDA Student Committee, and how 4th-year students can transition into their trainee year with PDA membership. 

  • Northern Ireland Healthcare Award Winners 2023 revealed

    Thu 4th May 2023 The PDA

    The NI Healthcare Awards took place last week Thursday (27 April) to showcase the talent and triumphs of the region’s leading healthcare professionals. Now in its 24th year, the annual ceremony celebrates the extraordinary healthcare initiatives being delivered throughout the last 12 months. 

  • Students, start your own ‘Medicines to Ukraine’ campaign at your university

    Wed 15th March 2023 The PDA

    PDA Student Rep, Nonyelum Anigbo talks about a unique opportunity for pharmacy students to get involved with the worldwide humanitarian campaign 'Medicines to Ukraine' and to develop and demonstrate transferable skills like leadership, project management, and advocacy along the way. 

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