Published on 24/11/2022
Medical students
  • Aston University pathway programme to medicine and healthcare receives £100K to fund the programme
  • Over 100 students from the West Midlands to benefit from the programme creating a pipeline of future medical professionals
  • The 18-month programme is designed to expand knowledge, develop skills, and give an insight into University life and the healthcare professions

Aston University has received a £100,000 donation from Wesleyan, the financial services mutual, to support a programme that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in medicine and healthcare. 

Over 100 students from the West Midlands will benefit, creating a pipeline of future medical professionals from wider backgrounds and helping to fill the ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses, particularly acute in deprived areas including parts of Birmingham.

The Wesleyan Pathway to Medicine and Pathway to Healthcare programmes, run by Aston University, aims to level the playing field for younger students from non-traditional backgrounds by giving them the skills they need to successfully study healthcare disciplines at university. 

The programmes overcome some of the barriers these students have traditionally encountered by offering a variety of healthcare subject taster sessions and work experience preparation workshops, as well as guidance on how to make a successful university application and support to achieve the right academic qualifications.

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Aston University, said: Our pathways programmes are an amazing asset, extending learning opportunities to students aged 16-18 across the West Midlands region and providing them with the skills and confidence to apply to university courses centred around the professions. 

“This generous donation from the Wesleyan Foundation will make a profound difference in the lives of pupils across the region and will provide significant support to those entering the healthcare sector. Thank you, Wesleyan Foundation, for your generous support.”

Nathan Wallis, Chief of Staff at Wesleyan, said: “The shortage of medical practitioners across the UK is a huge problem and we’re proud to be extending our partnership with Aston University to support future healthcare professionals by providing support not readily available to them. 

“The medical profession attracts few students from the lowest economic groups so this project will bring new talent to the sector and help create a more diverse pipeline of candidates. This benefits not only the students but also our communities as we develop the next generation of healthcare workers.

“As a business that’s been in Birmingham for over 180 years and a mutual, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to invest in future talent, the region and the professions we serve. We
wish everyone participating in the programme the best of luck in their careers and look forward to following their progress.”

For more information about the Pathway to Healthcare programme please visit our website.

Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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