In as a future career through the medium of

In South
West Wales, a ‘Reaching Wider’ scheme was set up as an initiative with the aim
of advancing the participation of underrepresented members (target groups), of
the community in higher education. The scheme collaborates with Swansea
University to provide a variety of educational and aspiration nurturing
activity days for students of all ages6. The Reaching Wider team,
over recent years, has collaborated with the Graduate Entry Medical Programme
at Swansea University to provide informative ‘taster’ days for local secondary
schools with the aim of raising awareness of medicine as a future career
through the medium of interactive educational sessions.



project is a product of the on going partnership between the Reaching Wider
Scheme and the Swansea Graduate Entry Medical Students. As a group, 5 medical
student ambassadors created and delivered an informative and educational ‘introduction
to medicine’ day for Key Stage 3, Year 7 pupils. The pupils in attendance were
selected from a ‘target school’, which is situated in a community of lower
socio-economic status and has been identified as having significantly low rates
of pupils entering higher education. This age group, of Year 7 pupils, were
selected to participate in the educational day, as opposed to older students,
as it has been advocated by the ‘Who’s in health?’ campaign7 that
earlier involvement of an outreach programme within a students education
provides better outcomes by improving the likelihood of continuing with higher
education. Furthermore, it was also felt on inspection of the current Key Stage
3 curriculum, that the educational day would be suitable for this age group as
it would supplement their school curriculum and enrich the students learning to
enhance their scientific knowledge8 as well as promoting medicine.

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