Aston University's new medical school takes 'access' to a new level

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:19 GMT Jump to Comments

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Asif Ahmed, Professor of Vascular Biology & Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health at Aston University. Aston University will go one step further in widening access when its new Medical School opens for undergraduates in 2017.

Located in central Birmingham, an area that suffers significant health inequalities, the new Aston University Medical School will operate through an entirely new funding model, with very limited funding from HEFCE or other parts of the public purse.

Taking around 80 (mainly international) students each year paying premium fees, the School will also recruit 20 students annually from low-income areas of Birmingham and the Black Country.

Aston will work with schools in areas with a high index of deprivation, identifying potential students from an early age (pre-16), with the objective that once trained and qualified as doctors these students will choose to practice in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

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