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Improving access and participation to MMIs to students from under-represented backgrounds

Date: Wednesday 16 June 2021

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Speakers: Angela Kubacki, Head of Clinical Communication, John Ward, MBBS5 F Year

Team: Fiona Cairns, Widening Participation Manager, Naz Hussain, Associate Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment, Dr Laura Byrne, MBBS Admissions Tutor, Sarah Waygood, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy

Unequal access to medicine to students from lower income backgrounds has been long-highlighted by the Medical Schools Council. The project aims to bring insights to address this issue by focusing on two questions:

  1. To what extent do students from lower income backgrounds recognise Medicine as a potential career path?
  2. To what extent do applicants from lower income backgrounds have access to resources and information regarding preparing for interviews.

The team intend to analyse subgroup differences, develop understanding of applicants' perceptions of access to Medicine and consider the impact of remote MMIs on equality and diversity. The team aims to establish a permanent student-staff working group that will continue the work of improving access to information and resources for all applicants, in particular those from disadvantages backgrounds.

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