29th September 2006



A course at the University of Lincoln has received national recognition with a nomination in the 2006 Times Higher Awards.


The Certificate in Health Science, which is run in partnership with Nottingham University, is one of five nominees in the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year category.


The one year course is geared towards helping students who would normally have little or no hope of gaining a university place within oversubscribed subject fields such as medicine.


Places are available primarily to students who have either come from a school with a poor academic record, received government financial aid, are in care, or would be the first person in their family to attend university.


Potential students must also display academic potential which has not been fulfilled due to circumstances beyond their control.


On completion of the certificate students have the opportunity to progress to the second year of the Health Studies degree at the University of Lincoln.


Dean of the University of Lincoln’s Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Professor Brian McGaw was understandably pleased. “I am delighted to see the programme doing well, and to see it nominated for such a prestigious award.


“This is very good news for the university, but also for the staff and the students as well and I am pleased to see that it is being recognised on a national level.


“The staff are deeply committed to this certificate, as it is not simply a course, but also a programme in social development. It allows more students to get access to the field of medicine and helps dispel the myth that the medical world is reserved for the middle classes.”


The winners of the award will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on 15th November at London’s Hilton Hotel. 


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