Veterinary Medicine Diversity Summer School 2023
Apply for a fully funded residential Summer School taking place 17-20 July 2023.
The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality of opportunity for all its students and staff and promotes a culture of inclusivity.
However, we also recognise that not all students have equal opportunities to access higher education.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is therefore pleased to offer a fully funded week-long residential Summer School to eligible students interested in exploring the field of Veterinary Medicine.
The Veterinary Medicine Diversity Summer School is aimed at those who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria and identify as belonging to an ethnic, religious minority group or reside in an area of low socio-economic status.
Before you apply, please read the following information:
The Veterinary Medicine Diversity Summer School will take place 17-20th July 2023 at the Easter Bush Campus.
Catered accommodation will be provided in Chancellors Court of Residence. Local transport will be provided by Charlie Irons Coaches, a registered University supplier.
Travel to and from Edinburgh from within the UK will also be organised by the R(D)SVS and arranged through Diversity Travel, the University's registered travel booker.
There are 10 fully funded places available on the programme. To be considered, you must:
identify as belonging to an minority ethnic or religious group, or reside in an area of low socio-economic status
- reside in the UK
- be 16 years old or older
- attend a state school/college or be a mature student (aged 21 or older)
- be on track to meet our minimum entry requirements
meet one or more WP criteria outlined in the application form. In particular, we will look at:
- Your home postcode: we look at whether you live in a geographical area of the UK that is defined by government data as being an area of deprivation.
- Your school or college: we look at the academic attainment and, in some cases, the percentage of students from your school or college who progress to higher education.
- Whether you are care experienced.
- Whether you are an estranged student.
- Whether you are a refugee or an asylum seeker.
- Whether you are eligible for support from Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS).
You can check whether you meet the WP criteria by using our eligibility checker. If the result shows you are eligible for either a Flag or Plus Flag, this means you meet one or more criteria.
You must also submit two supporting documents that you will find at the bottom of this page:
- Signed Parent or Guardian Consent Form
- Teacher or guidance counsellor reference
The application and supporting documents must be submitted by 15th May 2023.
Decisions will be returned by 10th June 2023.
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There are 10 places available on the Summer School, all of which will be fully funded to include UK wide travel to and from Edinburgh and catered accommodation.
Travel arrangements will be made by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and students will be met at the airport (if travelling from Northern Ireland only), bus or train station in Edinburgh and accompanied to their accommodation where they will be met by a Resident Assistant.
Our catered accommodation benefits from 24 hour security and the Resident Assistant will look after the wellbeing of all students taking part in the Summer School. They will reside in student accommodation with the students, providing a first point of contact and front line pastoral support, as well as responding to any emergency situations that may arise.
Successful applicants will be provided with a complete timetable for the week. While the full timetable will be confirmed nearer the time, students can expect a mixture of practical and classroom-based activities in the following areas:
- Small Animal Practice, Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
- Veterinary clinical skills
- Exotic Animal Practice
- Farm Animal Hospital and/or a visit to Langhill Dairy Farm
- Equine Hospital, equine first aid and large animal clinical skills
- Introduction to Pathology
- Veterinary Public Health
- Animal science and research
To ensure your experience is memorable, we encourage you to embrace the city and its culture and take part in the variety of social activities available.
These can include city tours to explore Edinburgh’s most popular attractions, as well as discovering its hidden gems. Taking part in a Harry Potter tour or a hike up Arthurs Seat can be a great way to socialise and immerse yourself in the culture of this beautiful city, or why not join in a ceilidh event, a traditional community gathering filled with music, dance and fun!
Please note that social activities are subject to change, however, we promise to offer you as much fun as we can!
Are you ready to apply?
Complete the application form and send the signed Consent Form and Supporting Reference to email@example.com by 11:59pm on 15th May 2023.
|Parent or Guardian Consent Form|
|Teacher or guidance counsellor reference|