At Aston University we want to see better and faster progress made, and that’s why we launched the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme last year. This pioneering programme is designed to prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds from across the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull regions to enter medical school and other healthcare professions – at Aston or elsewhere.
Coupled with quality, widening access to medicine should be a key consideration for decisions about where additional medical students will train.
Aston Medical School is currently going through the rigorous GMC approval process, and plans to open its MBChB programme in September 2018, subject to GMC approval.
We are pleased to see government’s commitment to ensuring high quality providers – including new medical schools like Aston’s – can compete on a level playing field for extra places. We also welcome the focus on innovation. Aston Medical School will be the UK’s first medical school to offer an enhanced management and leadership component in the curriculum, and will be research- led, having already secured significant research funding and publications in journals such as Nature Communications.
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