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Widening access to Medicine at Manchester

At Manchester, we are committed to widening access to the study of Medicine by ensuring pupils from less privileged backgrounds have the chance to enter medical school.

Our dedicated medical school widening participation team works alongside our Admissions team to enable pupils to learn more about applying to and studying on medical courses.

Read more about our activities below, or visit the widening participation programmes page for specific information on how pupils in these programmes can progress to university medical courses.

Working with school pupils

Our outreach work starts in primary school, and runs across to Year 12. Our Year 12 activities include a masterclass series for Manchester Access Programme students, as well as a Discover Medicine Online event for Preston Widening Access Programme and Social Mobility Foundation Programme students.

Year 12 MAP Masterclass Series (2020-present)

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University's award-winning widening participation scheme for local Year 12 students in Greater Manchester.

A masterclass is available to Year 12 students on the MAP. The masterclass is online and covers topics such as communication skills, values and behaviours, and the multiple mini interviews (MMIs) used in the Medicine application and admissions process.

The masterclass was created with significant input from Widening Participation (WP) Fellows, who are current medical students undertaking intercalating master's degrees during their Medicine course. This prestigious role is very popular, and attracts a large number of candidates, often from WP backgrounds.

For further information on MAP, please visit the MAP website. You can also email map@manchester.ac.uk.

Year 12 Discover Medicine Days (2013-present)

This annual event offers an insight into medical careers through talks, activities and inspirational talks.

Please contact your coordinator for more details if you are on the Social Mobility Foundation Programme or Preston Widening Access Programme.

General information about Discovery Days can be found on the University website: Discover Days.

#IMADEIT videos

Our #IMADEIT YouTube channel has lots of videos created with the support of medical students and doctors. These videos offer advice on applying to medical school, as well as showing what life in medical school is like.

Watch our videos: #IMADEIT (YouTube)

Working with students from WP backgrounds

In Manchester, we realise that our WP work does not end with you getting into medical school. With this in mind, we have started a project to improve the learning environment for those from WP backgrounds.

The TNS (Thriving Not Surviving) Mentoring Scheme was started in 2020 by former WP Fellows (Nina, Sirat and Ali) under the guidance of our Deputy WP Lead, Dr Emma Sahgal.

This has been an opportunity for later year medical students from WP backgrounds to mentor Year 1 students from a similar background.

If you would like to be mentored, please contact the WP team for more information when you join the MBChB programme at Manchester.

Working with other medical schools

The Manchester WP team are the founders of the National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum, a collaborative organisation of over 20 medical schools, UCAT, BMAT and voluntary organisations that began in 2015.

The National Forum aims to improve access to and experience in medical school, for students from WP backgrounds. Follow us on Twitter for more information: @NMS_WP_Forum

Manchester is shortly due to pass the chair to Birmingham Medical School from December 2021.

We would strongly encourage you to consider Manchester, both a city and a university proud of its diversity!

Dr Enam Haque

GP, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Academic Lead for Widening Participation, University of Manchester Medical School

Twitter: @enamhaque31