£1 million donation made to medical school

Dr. Dennis Gillings has donated £1 million to the medical school boosting total investment to just under £33 million

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An alumni has donated £1 million to the Medical School, boosting total investment to just under £33 million.
The move comes as part of an ongoing effort to attract the countries leading doctors to the University.
Benefactor Dr. Dennis Gillings hopes his donation will help the Medical School, become a world leading institution. 
He said “I have been hugely impressed by the growth and development of the University of Exeter into one of the UK’s top 10 Higher Education institutions. The Medical School provides an exciting opportunity for Exeter to become a leader in medical education and research”.
Money has been flooding in recently, with the Welcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation contributing £4.75 million. 
A University spokesperson praised the latest investment: “Among other things, it will help fund a new, state-of-the-art research, innovation, learning and development centre on the RD&E site at Wonford.
The centre will feature modern facilities for pioneering research into the treatment of conditions such as diabetes and obesity".
The Peninsula Medical School, currently on St Luke's Campus, will separate into the University of Exeter Medical School and the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013. 
Dr. Gillings, received a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Exeter in 1972. He founded the largest provider of clinical trials, the pharmaceutical company Quintiles Transnational.