Medical students diversifying across economic and ethnic measures

The following press-release was published today by the Medical Schools Council and highlights the progress that has been made in diversifying the student population entering medical School by increasing the numbers from backgrounds of social and education disadvantage. New data from the Medical Schools Council shows that the medical student population has diversified across characteristics … Continue reading “Medical students diversifying across economic and ethnic measures”

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Guest Blog – Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences Conference – DREAM Junior 2019

Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences Conference – DREAM Junior 2019 RECAP by Adeolu Banjoko, DREAM conference lead and medical student Dream Junior took place on December 7th 2019, and was the third ever DREAM conference and second annual DREAM conference for Year 12 students. After the success of our Year 12 conference in 2018, we … Continue reading “Guest Blog – Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences Conference – DREAM Junior 2019”

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The College of Medical and Dental Sciences celebrates World Access to Higher Education Day

Tuesday 26th November 2019 was the second annual World Access to Higher Education Day. In the College of Medical and Dental Sciences we took the opportunity to mark the day by celebrating the success of our staff and students and to raise the profile of our outreach and widening participation activities. We invited members of … Continue reading “The College of Medical and Dental Sciences celebrates World Access to Higher Education Day”

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Launch of MDS Pathways

We had an absolutely fantastic turnout at the launch of our MDS Pathways programme in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences this week. After a bumper year for the College in recruiting 152 students via our Pathways to Birmingham widening participation programmes, we welcomed a fantastic cohort of year 1 students who will work … Continue reading “Launch of MDS Pathways”

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A big boost for Widening Participation in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

This year we are delighted to be welcoming 152 students who have participated in our Pathways to Birmingham Widening Participation schemes, Access to Birmingham (A2B), Routes to the Professions and Realising Opportunities, to our undergraduate degree programmes in the College of Medical and Sciences (CMDS). Last year we welcomed 84 A2B students and therefore the bumper … Continue reading “A big boost for Widening Participation in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences”

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From Stechford to Ghana: How Brum Doctor’s Charity Changes Communities by Ross Cotton

University of Birmingham alumni Dr Liam Barrett, aged 25, and director of the UK branch of Global Brigades charity has been making huge progress in helping to empower communities in Ghana this summer. Dr Barrett has attended many ‘Brigades’ during his time as a medical student and has now led the first ever UK healthcare … Continue reading “From Stechford to Ghana: How Brum Doctor’s Charity Changes Communities by Ross Cotton”

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Healthcare Heroes

On Friday 5th July we held our inaugural Healthcare Heroes: Boys Into Healthcare Careers activity day. The event was attended by over 40 year 9 males students from local schools including Harborne Academy, Plantsbrook School, Rockwood Academy and Holte School. Currently in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences male students only comprise ~27 % … Continue reading “Healthcare Heroes”

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Are economic inequalities preventing us from having a healthcare profession representative of UK society?

This morning I attended a fascinating keynote presentation about economic inequalities in education from Prof Karen Rawlingson, Professor of Social Policy, at the University of Birmingham Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFi) annual conference. As the College of Medical & Dental Sciences lead for Outreach & Widening Participation I am often asked to comment on participation … Continue reading “Are economic inequalities preventing us from having a healthcare profession representative of UK society?”

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Identifying students to widen participation

Directing outreach activities and widening participation initiatives to the school pupils who really need it has always been a challenge. An article published in the THE yesterday reported the suggestion by AccessHE that family income information should be collected on pupils aged 11-13 years so that activities can be targeted at a specific group when … Continue reading “Identifying students to widen participation”

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