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Selection of medical students- welsh vs rest of the UK

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Elizabeth Zachariah

Dear Cardiff University,
I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me whether undergraduate medical admissions (A100) at Cardiff University differentiates applicants from Wales from Applicants from the rest of the UK.
Are Welsh candidates given additional points for being from Wales in the selection process?
I would also like a breakdown of admissions statistics with the number of applicants and offers by country within the UK.

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Zachariah

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Elizabeth Zachariah
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Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Ebost : [email address]

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Cardiff University
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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Elizabeth Zachariah
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Elizabeth Zachariah

Dear InfoRequest,
The date range would be for admissions cycles: 2020/2021, 2021/2022, and 2022/2023.

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth Zachariah

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Elizabeth Zachariah

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 10
September 2023

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

 

I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me whether undergraduate
medical admissions (A100) at Cardiff University differentiates applicants
from Wales from Applicants from the rest of the UK. Are Welsh candidates
given additional points for being from Wales in the selection process?

All Medical Schools across the UK have contextualisation criteria, and the
majority include their local areas within this. Given the geography and
population of Wales and the under-representation of Welsh students
studying in Medical Schools across the UK, Cardiff School of Medicine
recognises Welsh-domiciled applicants as one of their contextualised
groups.

[1]Further information on Cardiff University’s contextual admissions.

Medical education in Wales is funded by Welsh Government and the Centre
for Medical Education within the School of Medicine recognises the need to
ensure that public money in Wales is spent to improve the health of the
nation of Wales, in addition to the wider UK.

Welsh-domiciled applicants, along with contextualised applicants (as
detailed in our Admissions Policy) are provided with additional
consideration during the initial selection process, as these are
under-represented groups among medical students.

The School of Medicine has responsibilities regarding widening access to
medicine and supporting the diversity of the healthcare workforce, and
these are also key considerations in reviewing applications to medical
school.

Like all Medical Schools in the UK, the number of medical student
placements is capped in line with the funding available.

 

Having a diverse medical student population promotes a holistic empathetic
approach to patients, ensures we are selecting doctors representative of
the population they will be serving, are more likely to work in
communities similar to those they are from and in specialties that are
struggling.

Groups of students who are under-represented at medical school are
encouraged to apply and are given additional consideration during the
scoring process. There are many groups that are under-represented. Social
mobility is improved through education.

 

Applicants are regarded as Welsh-domiciled, Rest of UK-non-contextualised,
contextualised Rest of UK, Widening Participation (WP) and overseas.

Up to 3 additional points are awarded to GCSE scores for those from
contextualised and Welsh-domiciled backgrounds.

WP applicants who have taken part in either the Step-Up programme,
Doctoriaid Yfory (DY) or the Sutton Trust programme are given a guaranteed
interview. 

 

 

I would also like a breakdown of admissions statistics with the number of
applicants and offers by country within the UK for 2020/2021, 2021/2022,
and 2022/2023.

2020/1 2020/1 2021/2 2021/2 2022/3 2022/3
Applications Offer All Applications Offer All Applications Offer All
All Made All Made All Made
Headcount Headcount Headcount Headcount Headcount Headcount
England 1693 412 1861 279 2495 198
Northern
Ireland 138 32 94 14 154 10
Scotland 21 6 22 1 42 2
Wales 329 207 431 208 575 157

 

 

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance, please feel free to
contact me.

 

 

 

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

Ebost : [3][email address] Email: [4][email address
 
 
 
The University welcomes
Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu correspondence in Welsh or English. 
gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n Saesneg.  Corresponding in Welsh will not lead
Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn creu to any delay.
unrhwy oedi.

 

 

 

 

 

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