Medicine has a recruitment problem
Historically viewed as a profession for the privileged, there has remained a notable shortage of people entering from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, despite national attempts to widen participation.
For years, the University has attempted to meet this challenge by working with local schools in the South West to raise aspirations among pupils in medicine and other health-related subjects. And in 2019, it took a new step to widen participation in the subject, launching the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Foundation degree, specifically designed as a route into medicine for those who might not choose higher education. The course offers students an introductory year to build practical and academic skills, as well as their confidence, before they transfer onto the traditional five-year medical degree.