Fair Access report profiles BSMS
The widening participation programme in the Medical School (BSMS) has been profiled as a case study in a new report by the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty, Rt Hon Alan Milburn.
‘Fair Access to Professional Careers: A progress report’ was published on Wednesday (30 May).
Under the section ‘Progress in the medical profession’, the BrightMed programme at BSMS is shown as a significant example of the progress that some medical schools have made to increase the number of medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. It mentions the impact of the programme and how it has contributed to enhancing social mobility.
To date, 557 students have been recruited to BrightMed, with 227 currently taking part in it. All students who have applied to study medicine and have met academic criteria have had at least one interview. Of those, 80% have received offers.
This latest report is a continuation of the work started in 2009, to see what has changed in three years since the release of ‘Unleashing Aspiration’, the report of the Panel on Fair Access, which Alan Milburn chaired.
The original report showed what the UK’s professions were doing to aid and abet social mobility in the UK and made recommendations to professions, employers, universities, schools and government.