Edinburgh University encourages wider access to medicine
- By: Jenny Blythe
Edinburgh University is to launch an initiative scheme to encourage more students from state schools to study law or medicine.
The “Pathways to the Professions” initiative is a two year pilot scheme and aims to foster links between the university, schools, and the legal and medical professions. A total of £70 000 has been awarded to the initiative by the Sutton Trust.
The trust, which was founded in 1997, aims to provide educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged backgrounds. The trust's founder, Peter Lampl, said, “Work experience and work shadowing - important requirements for entry into the professions - are often more easily available to young people with relatives or family friends in them. This perpetuates a certain social mix, and opportunities are denied to able young people who lack information about how to gain access to the professions. We hope to counter this and to develop a broader