Introducing Ami Swales, our new Faculty Widening Participation Officer
I’m very excited to be taking up my new role as the Widening Participation Officer for Medicine, Dentistry and Health.
After completing my Biochemistry degree I trained as a science teacher through Teach First where I was committed to tackling educational inequality at a classroom level. After several years in teaching I moved to the AMRC (Advanced manufacturing research centre) to promote STEM careers through engaging and novel outreach activities with young people aged 7-18.
As a widening participation officer I will lead on a number of targeted activities to encourage and support widening participation students who may not ordinarily consider a university course or career in Medicine, Dentistry or Health. This will support the University’s Access and Participation Plan aimed at raising awareness of, and aspirations to, higher education.
Rori is working with SRMA, colleagues in the Faculty and Catherine to identify UG and PGT courses that could benefit from targeted digital campaigns for the 2021 cycle. These campaigns would look at Home and Overseas campaign. Rori and Catherine will be in touch with admissions leads for courses that need the most help.
Rori has been working with colleagues in ScHARR to plan a digital campaign to promote priority courses. She is also supporting Knowledge Exchange to develop a marketing strategy.
Natalie has been working on a number of projects, including the development of a social media best practice guide that includes tips on posting engaging content on social media platforms.
Natalie is also editing short student voice videos filmed by our student ambassadors and will be shared across YouTube, our School websites and social media.
If you feel your course is lacking video or case study content on current and alumni students, please get in touch and we can discuss further.
PGT Open Days
- On 24th February, PGT course leads engaged with 145 prospective students across 8 live sessions.
- 85% of respondents said they thought our sessions were either very good or good, expressingly they particularly appreciated the friendly, honest and detailed delivery of key information.
- 57% of respondents said they got everything they wanted from the live sessions and those who didn’t stated they were able to chat to students and view static content, which answered any remaining questions they had.
- MDH will again be involved in the next PGT Open Day on May 5th, 4 – 7pm. We are running 8 live sessions and anticipate high levels of engagement once more.
PhD Scholarship Showcase
Taking place 6th May 2 – 4pm, the Virtual PhD Scholarship Showcase offers PGT students the opportunity to discover the benefits of studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, what they can expect and the options available.
Students will have a chance to view presentations of projects currently available, and speak live to supervisors about the range of different PhD projects on offer, in our drop-in sessions throughout the event.
They will also learn how to apply for a PhD and about a number of fully funded scholarships that are available to UK students, including one specifically available to PGT graduates from the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health.
Students can book their place here. If you are a PGT Course lead, please share this event with your students.