UCL Medical School


About Target Medicine

Target Medicine programmes are designed for students from non-selective state schools around greater London who meet selected eligibility criteria. It currently comprises of four main programmes:

Mentoring Scheme

A 12 month mentoring scheme for high achieving Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds aspiring to become doctors.  The scheme matches over 230 sixth form pupils with 60 UCL medical students offering guided lessons and targeted support enabling students to become more competitive and well-informed medical school applicants.

Summer School

This is a week-long non-residential programme for Year 11 students considering medical school as an option for them.  The summer school teaches young people about the pathway into medicine and gives them an opportunity to experience what it’s like being a medical student through hands-on workshops, projects, and an opportunity to work with real patients.

Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge is a series of events over 6 weeks for Year 12 students whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving. Student explore why medical ethics is important for those who work in health care and explore different perspectives on a range of ethical issues. The programme encourages critical thinking and debate, and gives students valuable practice at crafting academic essays, which can be used during A-Level and university study.

The Summer Challenge is run in collaboration with UCL's Widening Participation Team.

We do not charge a fee for any of the support and advice offered to students and schools/colleges.


Become is a one-day event for Year 9 and 10 students of African and Caribbean descent to explore what it might be like to study medicine. The idea of this event was developed by four UCL Medical Students from Black African and Black Caribbean backgrounds, who noticed a low number of students from similar backgrounds entering the field of Medicine. 

Through this event, they hope to inspire young people from similar backgrounds to pursue anything they put their mind to. Using their own stories, and by delving into the field of medicine through practical hands-on workshops, they aim to show young people what they too can Become.


Our Staff and Student Team:

Rupa Lakhani

Rupa is the Target Medicine Manager and Senior Access Officer. 

Shirley Cupit

Shirley is one of the academic leads of Target Medicine and is a Senior Teaching Fellow who has been teaching UCL medical students since 1996. Prior to that she initially trained as a nurse in the 1970's and worked in the NHS for a number of years. During this time her awareness of the links between social and health inequities developed and she left the NHS to work for many years in community settings with socially excluded groups and individuals.

The main focus of her teaching is on helping to create doctors who are able to work with diverse communities and to work towards increasing fairness in health care and in wider society, hence her interest in Target Medicine. She has been involved in Target Medicine since 2009, with a particular focus on developing and delivering the Mentoring Scheme and on supporting the medical student mentors.