Welcome to the Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) scheme at the University of Leeds. 
We are a student-led society, whose main aim is to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, have the same chance of getting into medical school.
We try to achieve our aim by providing a number of different programs, all of which are free and delivered by volunteer medical students and doctors.



Hi There! We're the students running WAMS for 20/21!

Chair - Alex Bald

Mentoring Team - Zac Lanza, Anisah Ali, Bipima Gurung

Presentations Team - Alice Barber, Hijab Mahmood, Darius Oraee, Penny Sucharitkul, Florence Kinder, Bethany Bracewell

Ambassadors Team - Lydia Shone, Rayna Bhogal

Primary Team - Ashhad Noor, Vacant

Communications Team - Harry Campion, Hannah Ghani, Precious Jolugbo

Q+A Team - Vickey Leigh, Natasha Clarke

Graduate Representative - Chantelle Waddington

International Representative - Shuyi Zhen, Adithi Randeni

Social SecretaryVacant

Students Walking Up Stairs


We work with widening participation (WP) students.

Widening Participation Criteria:

  • be from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below or in receipt of 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support with an income threshold of £25,000, or in receipt of free school meals during your GCSE studies

  • be in the first generation of your immediate family to go to university

  • attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score)

  • your only option is to attend a local university

  • your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life

  • you live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education (see our online postcode checker)

  • you live or grew up in public care



"I really liked how the medical students came across, and were so relaxed when speaking. They sounded like they seriously knew what they were talking about, rather than having come prepared for a certain set of questions."

Event Participant

"My experience of WAMS has been one of genuine enjoyment, aided my application to medical school and helped me learn more about myself"

WAMS Scholar

"The people who delivered (the session) were really friendly, and answered all of our questions in a way that we understood. It has made me feel less nervous for the interviews."

Event Participant