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The standardised admission ratio for measuring widening participation in medical schools: analysis of UK medical school admissions by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sex

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1545 (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1545

Rapid Response:

Don't penalise the willing

The issue of 'widening participation' is an important one.[1]
However, we feel that adopting the standardised admission ratio as a
measure of 'equality of access' would lead to positive discrimination in
favour of under-represented groups without due attention to each
individuals ability. This would be a regrettable step that would penalise
willing and able students from over-represented groups. We believe that
admission to university should be based on ability alone, based on a fair
and transparent system of selection.

1. Kieran S, Trisha G, Danny D. The standardised admission ratio for
measuring widening participation in medical schools: analysis of UK
medical school admissions by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sex. BMJ
2004;328:1545-1546

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 July 2004
dipan n mistry
SpR
Kanchan Bhan
York Hospital