An undergraduate student from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences was presented with the National Student of the Year award by the National Educational Opportunities Network for his services to Widening Participation.
Ciaran Grafton Clarke was presented with the award by Gordon Marsden MP Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills at the Palace of Westminster in London this week.
During his time at the University Ciaran, who is studying medicine, has worked to widen participation into medicine for under-represented groups.
In 2014 he founded EdMed a student outreach initiative where medical students act as ambassadors to promote studying medicine. The initiative includes outreach work as well as a website that contains detailed information and advice for students interested in studying medicine.
Recently Ciaran has been working with student representatives from Veterinary Sciences, Dentistry and other Health professional programmes to extend the initiative across the Faculty.
As well as continuing his own undergraduate studies, he is also a founder of the scheme Merseyside Young Medics and has recently secured a contract for publishing a book to support potential medical students in making a university application.
Dr Debbi Stanistreet, Senior Lecturer and Director of Widening Participation in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: “This award recognises Ciaran’s strong commitment to engage with people from under-represented groups as demonstrated by his work in delivering an innovative programme of activities.
“It also reflects the excellent contribution that Ciaran has made to both the Faculty and the University through the widening participation activities that he runs so effectively.”