Former pupil returns to Ashville College to inspire pupils to study medicine

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A former pupil has revealed how studying science was the start of a journey in medicine that led to him becoming a published author, TV consultant and Manchester United Club Surgeon.

Jonathan Noble, who grew up in , returned to his old to share with existing pupils his forty-plus years’ experience in the profession which, amongst other things, saw him design an artificial knee.

Mr Noble attended the school between 1954 and 1960, and was one of seven Ashville students out of a class 18 studying science to go to medical school – in his case the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, he trained there in general and orthopaedic surgery – where he developed his love and commitment to research.

In 1972 he was appointed Registrar then Lecturer on Orthopaedic Surgery at Edinburgh, before spending a year as a Research Fellow at Harvard University Medical School.

On returning to the UK in 1977, Mr Noble spent the next 30 years at the University of Manchester as first a Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as working as the Clinical Director of Orthopaedic Surgery in Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester.



In addition to being Manchester United Club Surgeon from 1982 until 2004, he was the surgeon for the Test and County Cricket Board in the North of England and Surgeon to Somerset, Worcestershire and Lancashire County Cricket Clubs.

Mr Noble explained the route into medicine, the length of time it takes to qualify and the different areas of expertise for a qualified doctor to work in, from general practice right through to plastic surgery, biochemistry and pathology.

Ashville College Headmaster Richard Marshall said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Noble back to Ashville College – the careers talk he gave was informative and inspirational.

“Here is a former pupil who has risen to the very top of his profession and is respected around the world for his knowledge of orthopaedic surgery.”


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