Fair Access report profiles BrightMed

May 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

BrightMed, the BSMS widening participation programme, has been profiled as a case study in Fair Access to Professional Careers: A progress report by Rt Hon Alan Milburn, the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty, published today.

Under the section ‘Progress in the medical profession’, BrightMed 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 (see page 46).

It mentions the impact of the BSMS programme and how it has contributed to enhancing social mobility. To date, 557 students have been recruited to the programme with 227 currently taking part in it. To date, 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 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.

Darren Beaney, Admissions Tutor and BrightMed Programme Manager said “I am really pleased that the work undertaken at BSMS has received such high profile recognition. BrightMed has been well supported by faculty and students at BSMS and we have made a difference to the lives of a number of young people.  The timing of this recognition coincides well with BSMS reviewing its admissions procedures to ensure we can further enhance opportunities for both BrightMed and other students from non-traditional backgrounds.”

Moving forward

As well as being a case study in the report, BSMS has been involved in discussions with Alan Milburn, the Social Mobility Foundation, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the General Medical Council (GMC) looking at how to move forward after the publication of the report; this has led to Darren being invited to be a member of the GMC/BMA Social Mobility and Widening Participation Steering Group.

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