The Department of Medical Genetics is excited to announce that it has launched a Widening Participation programme in collaboration with the Cambridge Admissions Office. The “Launchpad for Next Generation Medicine” aims to encourage and nurture higher education applications to medicine and biomedical sciences in UK cold spot areas, with a focus on encouraging students into genetic career paths, and preparing the next generation of school leavers with the skills to tackle the reality of genomic medicine. The programme officially launched in April with student workshops as part of HE+ and Target Oxbridge where Dr Tim Hearn took students interactively through the principals of genomic medicine, from
taking a family history to meeting the zebrafish used in biomedical research. The pupils were also excited to look at Francis Darwin’s microscope.
The Launchpad programme consists of an online teaching environment to equip students with the skills needed to pass exams in biology, chemistry and computer science, and show them the relevance to careers in genomic medicine. Please visit the programme website www.nextgenmed.university for more details and how you can get your school involved, or follow us on twitter @nextgenmeduni.
If you would like to be involved in helping volunteer with the Launchpad we would love to hear from you. Please register to volunteer at