5 years of success in Outreach and Widening Participation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

  The last 5 years has seen the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham make enormous strides in supporting students from underrepresented groups in higher education to enter all our undergraduate programmes. We have commissioned some infographics to celebrate our successes and to highlight some of our activities. In the … Continue reading “5 years of success in Outreach and Widening Participation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences”

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MDS Pathways Mentoring Programme Attracts Alumni Impact Funding

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences (CMDS) annually welcomes to our undergraduate programmes 80–90 students who have participated in Pathways to Birmingham widening participation activities, including Access to Birmingham, Routes to the Professions: Medicine and Dentistry, and Inspired@Birmingham. For many of these students the challenges they faced in their pre-University lives and education, persist … Continue reading “MDS Pathways Mentoring Programme Attracts Alumni Impact Funding”

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Supporting School Science Teachers

Today I had the pleasure of speaking about my research at the Association for Science Education Conference which is currently being held here at the University of Birmingham for school science teachers. It is Europe’s largest science education conference and it aims to promote excellence in science teaching and learning in schools. The Frontier Science … Continue reading “Supporting School Science Teachers”

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Undergraduate students raising aspirations for Healthcare Professions

One of the strengths of our Outreach and Widening Participation activities is the involvement of our undergraduate students. As I write this post members of our student society, Birmingham Widening Access to the Medical Sciences (BWAMS) are running an event for 40 local Year 11 school pupils called Junior Emergency Medicine (JEM 2018). The day … Continue reading “Undergraduate students raising aspirations for Healthcare Professions”

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Change 10000 Lives

Walking home from work last night the music I was listening to was interrupted by my phone ringing. I almost rejected the ‘No Caller ID’ call, and any other week I would have done, but yesterday I answered. A voice at the other end of the line said “Hello, is that Clare Ray?” “… Yes?!” … Continue reading “Change 10000 Lives”

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A2B Success in MDS

In Welcome Week at the end of last month we welcomed 85 students to MDS programmes who had participated in Access to Birmingham (A2B). A2B is sector-leading in the support it provides for students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in higher education. In MDS we have a fantastic team of programme A2B lead tutors and assignment … Continue reading “A2B Success in MDS”

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Welcome to the Widening Access to Medical and Dental Sciences blog

The Widening Access to Medical and Dental Sciences blog will keep you up to date on the great work going on in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham to widen participation in higher education. It will give us the opportunity to celebrate the success of our students and to … Continue reading “Welcome to the Widening Access to Medical and Dental Sciences blog”

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