16th November 2006





A University of Lincoln course which helps people from poor backgrounds enter medical school has won a coveted national prize.


Award winners

The Certificate in Health Science, which is run in partnership with Nottingham University, won the Times Higher Widening Participation Initiative of the Year award at the Hilton Hotel in London last night (15th November).


The one-year course aims to help students who would normally have little or no hope of gaining a university place in oversubscribed subjects 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.


Students who complete the one-year certificate at the University of Lincoln can proceed to the first year of Medicine, Veterinary Surgery, Diatetics, Pharmacy, Genetics, Physiotherapy, Nursing or Midwifery at the University of Nottingham.


Judge Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “This is making a real difference in a university discipline that is perhaps the most socially exclusive of all.”


Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of the University of Lincoln’s Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, was delighted to win the award.


“The success of the certificate programme is down to a genuine team effort involving senior managers at both institutions who have facilitated development, the course team that has written, managed and delivered the programme and, of course, the students who have the commitment and desire to achieve their full potential.


“This programme has already had a significant impact on the lives and opportunities of many students.”


Contact: Jez Ashberry     
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