Our Merseyside Young Medics programme is for students in the local area from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. We ask teachers at local schools to nominate Year 9 students who they know have the potential and interest in studying medicine or health sciences in future.
The programme then supports students on their journey through Years 9, 10 and 11. Current medicine and health sciences students run the sessions, as well as staff from the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, to give students a taste of what university life could be like for them.
The sessions centre on improving confidence, through team building, problem solving and communication-based activities. We also deliver workshops to improve knowledge in essential areas students might not cover at school, including anatomy lessons and debating medical ethics. Another important part of the programme is a range of talks on subjects such as careers in medicine and health, life as a medical student, student finance, application and interview tips, study support and mentoring, and an insight into work placements.