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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK


Medical schools address racial concerns

A third of applicants to medical school are Asian

Medical schools are to examine their application procedures after concerns that some students may be facing racial discrimination.

Figures published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service show that Asians applying to study medicine are more likely to be rejected than other students.

Sue Littlemore reports on Asian students' applications to medical schools on Radio 4's Today programme
While one third of all applications for medical school places are from Asians, they represent only one fifth of those accepted.

While the statistics are not necessarily proof of discrimination, medical schools have agreed to commission research into their selection procedures to ensure that students are recruited fairly.

They say that as well as wanting to recruit medical students from ethnic minorities they want students from a wide range of social backgrounds.

The statistics are revealed in a profile of applications to higher education published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

Next week, with the publishing of A-level results, the admissions service will begin the process of confirming places at university for applicants and supervising the "clearing" process of matching students without places to course vacancies.

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