EXSEL at Leeds

Scholars and awards

As an EXSEL scholar you would start the scheme at the end of Year 2 of your five year MBChB programme and receive funding until you complete the programme, including your intercalated year at Leeds.

Year of study EXSEL scholar
Year 5 MBChB Matt Goldsworthy
Elle Green
Jack Helliwell
Lauren Mecia
Thomas Shanahan
Ngoni Zava
Year 4 MBChB Ciaran Kennedy
Saman Mukhtar
Emily Salt
Intercalating Will Stevens (Medical Imaging MSc, Leeds School of Medicine)
Year 3 MBChB Joe Hart
James Manning
Tobias Mill
James Nicholson
Eleanor Price
Lubiana Shabeer
Year 2 MBChB Badria Alkazemi
Carolina Franco Da Silva
Millie Mitchell-Gears
Sam Peat



Dr Dahlia Abdul-Rahman Dr Mais Al-Hity Dr Junaid Azam Dr Lakshmanan Arunachalam
Dr Jonathan Batty Dr Aladeen Bekhit Dr Trusha Bhatt Dr Sunil Bhopal
Dr Mary Booth Dr Paul Bramley Dr Laure Bretsztajn Dr Euan Bright
Dr Hannah Chamberlain Dr Elisabeth Edstam Dr Benjamin Green Dr James Gupta
Dr Aisha Ismail Dr Christopher Jones Dr Iain Kennedy Dr Omar Khalil
Dr Mehvish Khatoon Dr Cindy Kim Dr Josh Leader Dr Christopher Lewis
Dr Peter Mackley Dr Barbara Onen Dr Nic Orsi Dr Prianka Padmanathan
Dr Tejal Parekh Dr Gayatri Raghuram Dr Oliver Richards Dr Karl Roberts
Dr Simon Romaine Dr Gemma Sheehan-Dare Dr Dhakshana Sivayoganathan Dr Kate Sutton
Dr James Thomas Dr Emily Wright Dr Rini Vyas  


Giving, receiving, aiding award

A recent development of the EXSEL scheme is the GRACE (Giving, receiving, aiding) award. The award is given annually to an EXSEL scholar to enable them to travel to a host organisation to conduct humanitarian work.

The GRACE award is sponsored by Xiros plc, a Leeds-based company which makes medical textile implants.

Year EXSEL scholar Host organisation Location Activity
2017-18 Ciaran Kennedy Harvard Medical School Boston, USA Health inequalities in India.
2016-17 Elle Green World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Copenhagen, Denmark Diabetic eye disease.
2015-16 Lauren-Beth Mecia Rural Assistance Nepal Eastern Nepal Mountain medicine: healthcare challenges facing a rural Nepali community.
2014-15 Dr Paul Bramley Light Education Development Peru Low resource medicine in high altitude Peru.
2014-15 Dr Christopher Jones Lifebox Sri Lanka Surgical safety in Sri Lanka.
2013-14 Dr Euan Bright National Hospital of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Leishmaniaisis in Sri Lanka.
2012-13 Dr Prianka Padmanathan BasicNeeds Bihar, India Rapid appraisal of the psychotropic drug distribution.
2011-12 Dr Elisabeth Edstam i-india Rajasthan, India Provision of healthcare to street children.


Leadership, Enterprise and Academic Development

The aims of the EXSEL LEAD award are:

  • To encourage leadership and enterprise in EXSEL scholars, and
  • To encourage scholars to self-design an activity which will stimulate independent thought and action.

As a successful LEAD scholar you would typically conduct the activity at the end of your intercalated year and before Year 4 of the MBChB curriculum.  If LEAD activities continue during Year 4 then you would be expected not to travel abroad for the Year 5 elective.

You would use the LEAD award to fund travel to a prestigious research centre in the UK or abroad, which will allow you to enhance your skills in research, communication, networking and leadership.

Year EXSEL scholar Location
Funded by Leeds School of Medicine
2017-18 Lubiana Shabeer Johns Hopkins University, USA
2017-18 James Manning Harvard Medical School, USA
2017-18 Joe Hart Mayo Clinic, USA
2016-17 Emily Salt Harvard Medical School, USA
2016-17 Matthew Goldsworthy Harvard Medical School, USA
2015-16 Dr Christopher Jones Harvard Medical School, USA
2015-16 Dr Thomas Shanahan Johns Hopkins University, USA
2014-15 Dr Jack Helliwell Yale School of Medicine, USA
2014-15 Dr Rini Vyas Johns Hopkins University, USA
2013-14 Dr Kate Sutton Genentech, California, USA
Funded by the University of Leeds Alumni Annual Fund
2011-12 Dr Jonathan Batty Leicester (UK), Framingham (USA) and Harvard (USA)
2010-11 Dr Iain Kennedy Sri Lanka
2009-10 Dr Nic Orsi Harvard, USA