EXSEL at Leeds

Social accountability

The vision of the School of Medicine is to produce outstanding graduates who will use their talents, education and professionalism to improve the health of people and reduce inequalities, in the UK and beyond.

As an EXSEL scholar you would be encouraged to take part in community events, such as attending summer schools, visiting local schools and participating in open days at the University of Leeds. You may already be an active volunteer for organisations providing support to people in need in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.

Widening access

Scholars take part in activities organised by Leeds WAMS and by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Widening Participation office.

As an EXSEL scholar interested in widening access to medical school, you would be engaged with supporting school students in Leeds and West Yorkshire, perhaps via the Brightside Trust initiative. Using Bright Journals our scholars participate in an e-mentoring programme.

Further afield, scholars mentor Malawian school students to encourage them to consider medicine as a career.

Facilitating workshops

These is also the opportunity to become a widening participation assistant facilitator for workshops.

This will provide you with skills in:

  • Team teaching with staff and students
  • Relating to young people in the classroom collectively and individually
  • Taking on the role of teacher
  • Managing activity-based learning

Medical Students Association

The UK Medical Students Association (UKMSA) organises conferences, provides advice to medical students and promotes research by medical students.