Dame Julia King is Vice Chancellor Aston University, was a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London and for five years (‘04-’09) was a member of the Technology Strategy Board

Aston Medical School to offer subsidised places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University in conversation with Joe Tibbetts discussing the new Aston Medical School and how it will widen participation and encourage social mobility by offering subsidised places to local students from backgrounds where a career in medicine is far from the norm.

The new Aston Medical School (AMS) will be funded through an entirely new model, involving widening participation and social mobility. There will be 100 students in each year, 80 of these will pay premium, realistic fees, which will subsidise 20 places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Birmingham and the Black Country.

AMS started to take PhD students into Aston Medical Research Institute (AMRI) in September 2015. In September 2016, AMS will be starting a taught MSc course in Surgery for Specialist Registrars. The first undergraduate MBChB students will join AMS in 2017. By 2018 Aston Medical School will have 150 students in total. AMS will offer various research options for postgraduate students and also a taught degree in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) combined with a "mini-MBA".

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