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

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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 last five years…

…369 students have entered MDS via the University’s flag ship widening participation programme Access to Birmingham and there are now six times as many students entering our medical programme via A2B as there were in 2012.


…359 Year 12/13 pupils have participated in our Routes to the Professions Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

…we have delivered 36 Masterclasses to local school pupils highlighting the world-leading research happening in MDS.

In the last academic year along 1790 students from the West Midlands have engaged with our activities.

I am particularly proud that so many of our staff engage with our outreach and widening participation activities with 128 MDS staff supporting students on the Access to Birmingham scheme…

…and 37 separate outreach activities being delivered in the last academic year.

Many of the students who participate in our widening participation programmes and successfully complete their studies with us go on to make a wider contribution to the region by working in the area in healthcare professions and science.

Despite these successes there is still work to do, so keep an eye on the blog for updates of our new activities and the impact of our programmes on students, staff, the University and the wider community.

You can find out more about our activities here.
Please contact us for more information: MDSOutreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Author: Clare Ray

Clare Ray is the College of Medical and Dental Sciences lead for Outreach and Widening Participation.


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