Excellence in medical education recognised

The School of Medicine has received an international award for its excellence in educating its students.


Leeds joins just three other schools in the world in being recognised by the ASPIRE-to-Excellence award, which aims to promote outstanding performance in medical schools and acknowledge the importance of teaching alongside research. 

The award has been given to the School for its assessment of students and is the first school in the UK to be recognised in this category.

Professor Paul Stewart, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds said: “This is an endorsement of the hard work and efforts our staff make to ensure our students receive world-class medical education. Here at Leeds, our students can enjoy being part of a community which offers exceptional teaching, facilities, assessment and support, meaning they get the very best training to be tomorrow’s doctors.”

The ASPIRE programme awards medical schools for their excellence in one or more of the three areas: assessment of students; student engagement in the curriculum and in the medical school; and social responsibility and accountability as a mission of the medical school. 

The ASPIRE initiative has been developed with the support of AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) which is a worldwide organisation that has members across 90 countries.

The University will receive the ASPIRE-to-Excellence trophy at the AMEE 2014 International Conference in Medical Education which is to be held in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday 2 September 2014.

There are 33 medical schools across the UK that train approximately 7500 new doctors every year. The University of Leeds’ School of Medicine has been ranked in the top 5 Russell Group medical schools in the National Student Survey 2013.

For more information on ASPIRE please visit the website

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