School of Medicine receives ASPIRE to EXCELLENCE award

The School of Medicine (Leeds Institute of Medical Education) was delighted to receive an ASPIRE to EXCELLENCE award from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

The award is for its outstanding performance in the area of Social Accountability. This follows ASPIRE awards for Assessment and Student Engagement in 2014 and 2015.  The School is now one of only two medical schools internationally (with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, USA) to have been awarded three ASPIRE awards.

The ASPIRE award scheme recognises international excellence in medical, dental and veterinary schools. The aim is to promote outstanding performance and excellence in schools in terms of their mission and teaching and learning programme, taking into account the challenges and contexts in which a school is operating. The programme has as International Board of distinguished leaders in medical education as members and is supported by AMEE, working with other organisations with an interest in medical education.

AMEE acknowledged that the School had a long standing commitment to social accountability and that this activity formed a key part of the School’s culture and identity.  AMEE commended the School’s significant stakeholder involvement (NHS partners, patients and carers and third sector organisations), the successful widening participation strategy and the diverse local and international placement learning opportunities.  

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