Success for Widening Participation in the Undergraduate Medical School

The Undergraduate Medical School is delighted by recent figures which demonstrate nearly 20 per cent of its medical students are now from Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (MD20) postcodes. The rise from 4.5% a decade ago reflects the commitment of the School and the University of Glasgow to a range of widening participation programmes. Image of students in UofG quadrants
Dr Neil Croll, the University’s Head of Widening Participation, commented: “There are many historical and deeply-rooted barriers blocking the way to university for bright pupils from disadvantaged communities. It’s a tragic waste of talent that hurts the country. Essentially, we have to remove those barriers.”  
One of the initiatives centred around widening participation is the  Undergraduate Medical School’s Glasgow Access Programme (GAP), which is a bespoke pre-medical course that provides necessary skills in basic science, communication and professionalism together with immersive experiential opportunities in a clinical context. In September, the School welcomed its second cohort of GAP students and has secured funding to continue the programme to 2022/23.

First published: 10 December 2018