Cambridge trying to widen state access to study medicine
Sarah Cassidy cites Sutton Trust research reporting on a new access scheme for The Independent
One of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges has launched a scheme to encourage sixth-formers from state schools to apply to study medicine by letting them experience undergraduate life.
The project was the brainchild of two medical students at Gonville and Caius College who were concerned at the difficulties facing state school pupils who might find it harder to break into the profession. They wanted to give practical advice and show them that Cambridge students were “not all posh boys in red trousers
Research by the Sutton Trust shows that of Britain’s top doctors, 61 per cent were educated privately, nearly a quarter at grammar schools (22 per cent) and only 16 per cent at comprehensives.
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