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Welsh Government thanks Cardiff University for Raising Welsh Aspirations

Year 12 students on the Summer School in the Clinical Skills Lab, Cochrane Building
Year 12 students on the Summer School in the Clinical Skills Lab, Cochrane Building.

The School of Medicine embraces its civic mission role and delivers an exciting programme of school engagement initiatives that aim to raise the aspirations of pupils across Wales and improve educational attainment.

Recently, our Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan received a letter of thanks from the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, recognising the University’s hard work and valuable input in supporting Wales’ brightest students to reach their academic potential and raise their aspirations via the Seren Network (a Welsh Government initiative set up to support the most academically able students across Wales to help them gain entry into leading universities).

The School of Medicine dedicates time and energy in supporting the Seren Network and delivers a range of sessions for parents and teachers, workshops on personal statements, case based learning and mock interview preparation seminars.

“the programme has seen our young people grow in confidence, both about the prospect of applying for competitive courses at a range of universities and in their own ability and suitability to apply for such courses. In doing so, this has opened up life-changing opportunities here in Wales, the UK and overseas.”

Kirsty Williams AM

Alongside our contribution to the Seren Network, the School of Medicine supports prospective students across Wales through numerous initiatives. The student-led Widening Access to Medicine Mentoring Scheme (WAMMS) actively supports 6th form students with their university application, interviews and provides them with lots of useful advice.

During its first year of operation (2017/18) the Scheme reached over 200 students across 26 Schools/Colleges. This has been made possible by the true dedication of medical students and their ability to travel all over Wales to Schools/Colleges close to their placement. One of the 6th form students who benefited from WAMMS, Megan Bone, is now studying in the first year of the Medicine course. Megan was very grateful for the support WAMMS gave her.

This is a shortened version of the full article that features in edition 30 of ReMEDy.

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18 December 2018

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