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Widening participation Cultivating ambition


For over 10 years Sheffield’s Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) has encouraged young people from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine. With over 300 young people participating each year, the scheme has demonstrated outstanding success. More than 60 percent of participants have progressed to a higher education course (26 percent of these onto medicine programmes).


The Access to Dental Occupations: Practice and Tutoring Scheme (ADOPT) was launched in 2007 to encourage post-16 students to consider a career in dentistry or associated disciplines. ADOPT is yielding encouraging early results and shows every sign of being as successful as SOAMS in stimulating progress into professional higher education courses by non- traditional participants.


Students at the School of Nursing and Midwifery are from widely diverse backgrounds and bring an impressive range of experience and life skills to their studies. The School has recently signed progression agreements with seven local Further Education Colleges to enable students from vocational education backgrounds and under-represented groups to enter a programme in health and human sciences, leading to careers in health and social care services.


Working with our NHS partners, we are committed to maintaining and expanding access to healthcare study and work, regardless of background.


More than 60%


of participants have progressed to a higher education course


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