Published on 17/05/2022

Students in medical school

  • Pathway to Healthcare programmes shortlisted for University Access Initiative in the 2022 Student Social Mobility Awards
  • University Access Initiative of the Year Award judged by student vote and panel  
  • Aston University Pathway to Healthcare programmes were shortlisted from more than 250 nominations.

The Aston University Pathway to Healthcare programmes have been shortlisted for the University Access Initiative of the Year Award in the 2022 Student Social Mobility Awards. 

The Pathway to Healthcare programmes which launched in 2016 are designed  to raise students’ aspirations, support their attainment, improve progression and provide experiences to enhance UCAS applications when applying for medical and other healthcare courses.

During the 18-month programme, students are given the opportunity to take part in healthcare subject taster days, work experience in various healthcare settings and A level revision boot camps. 

Following the success of the first pathway programme for Year 12/13, the Keith Bradshaw Introduction to Healthcare programme was launched in 2019 to work with key stage three to key stage four students across the West Midlands.

The University Access Initiative of the Year Award will be decided by a combination of the Judging Panel’s scores (50%) and the Student Vote (50%). 

The Aston University Pathway to Healthcare programmes were shortlisted from more than 250 nominations. 

Sarah Fullwood, pathways manager at Aston University, said: “We are delighted we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. 

“Our pathway programmes are going from strength to strength, despite a sector-wide dip in engagement for widening participation programmes during the pandemic, which is why we were so thrilled to experience an increase in attendance at our pathway events.” 

“By breaking down barriers for access for disadvantaged students, the programmes play a vital role in building a future workforce that is representative of the community it serves.”

The Student Social Mobility Awards are organised by upReach to showcase the achievements of undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds from across the UK. 

The awards seek to recognise students who have excelled in their studies and beyond and shown great potential to excel as they launch their careers. 

The focus of the awards is on students who have demonstrated great resilience, determination or initiative, or boosted their employability in innovative ways. They are also a chance to showcase up-and-coming talent and identify rising stars. 

Award winners and nominees overcome significant socioeconomic barriers and mitigating circumstances, serving as inspiring role models for those from similar backgrounds.

The ceremony is due to take place on 21 July at the House of Lords, where the winners will be announced. 

For more information about the Pathway to Healthcare programmes at Aston University please visit our webpages.

Notes to editors

About Pathway to Healthcare Programmes

The Pathway to Healthcare programmes have been designed to expand knowledge, develop skills and give an insight into what university life is really like to those students with ambitions to study a medicine or a healthcare related degree for university.

During the eighteen-month programme, which students will complete alongside studying for their A Levels, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to take part in various enrichment activities. This includes healthcare subject taster days, work experience in various healthcare settings and A Level revision boot camps. 
In addition, science academic tutoring and specialist interview preparation workshops help to prepare students for their applications to medicine and competitive healthcare courses.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Saskia Loer Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. 

For media inquiries in relation to this release, contact Rebecca Hume, Press and Communications Manager, on (+44)7557 745416 or email: r.hume@aston.ac.uk

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