The School of Medicine adopted a Widening Participation Strategy in 2015 with the aim to increase the number of entrants to medicine programmes from local, widening participation backgrounds, to support their progress and attainment at Nottingham, and to facilitate career decisions that include training and practice within the region. In particular, the objectives are:
- To establish an integrated outreach programme for pupils from WP backgrounds in the region
- To increase the success of local WP pupils in entering medicine at Nottingham
- To develop a network of general practices providing structured clinical work experience
- To monitor and evaluate the progress of WP entrants, and develop support mechanisms
- To facilitate experience and clinical placements that mirror local student home geography
- To encourage and support career choices for foundation and postgraduate training within the area
The plan is to integrate diverse activities, for local pupils from WP backgrounds, into a co-ordinated outreach programme, that forms a ‘Pathway to Medicine’ in years 12 and 13. In addition, the School of Medicine is expanding the number of places available on the six-year medicine programme (i.e. including a foundation year) from 10 to 25, and carefully considering how to use WP contextual information (e.g. family, neighbourhood, school) in admissions to the five-year medicine course.
This strategy matches the aims of the national Selecting for Excellence project and the Department of Health, to double the proportion of medical students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.