A BIT ABOUT US
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 Secretary - Vacant
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
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."
"My experience of WAMS has been one of genuine enjoyment, aided my application to medical school and helped me learn more about myself"
"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."