Ben is a junior doctor currently working in Lancashire. After years of experience in mentoring and tutoring, Ben decided, in his Third-year of medical school, it was time to start his own initiative. With a passion for widening participation, Ben set out with the aim to support young people considering a career in medicine from lower socio-economic backgrounds.


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I am a fourth year medical student and I came onto medicine through the “transfer to medicine” scheme. I started volunteering with MOMs when I was still a Biomedical Science student, so this is my fifth year volunteering. I come from a lower socio-economic background and a special measures school, so I feel it is important to help students who are like me. Everybody deserves equal opportunities, so they are fully equipped to apply for medicine, it is our job to provide those opportunities. My job is to organise the events and deliver presentations.

Ben Ryan
Founder of MOMs

Alisha Staley

Project Leader of MOMs

I am a fourth year medical student and have been working with MOMs for the last 3 years. My role this year is as assistant lead and I’m looking forward to helping Alisha to organise the events. The MOMS events are so important as I strongly believe everybody should have an equal chance to attend medical school. I love being able to share my experiences and tips with the sixth formers in order to give them the best chance at success.

I am a fourth year medical student, and I am the treasurer of MOMs this year. I think that the message of MOMs is very worthwhile, and I’ve loved volunteering with MOMs over the last year. When applying for medicine I felt very out of my depth and that I was hearing about opportunities too late. I feel passionately that amazing, aspiring doctors shouldn’t miss out on studying medicine due to a lack of information about the application process. I love how MOMs helps to break down that barrier, to help make sure everyone has an equal chance. 

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Harriet Richardson
Assistant Project Leader

Jordi Ford

I am a medical student intercalating between third and fourth year. I have really enjoyed volunteering with MOMs. It is great to see how engaged the students are in the sessions and amazing to see how their confidence grows with each scenario. The society provides many excellent events to help students with the daunting process of applying to medical school. As events manager, I will help organise and run events.

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I'm a medical student intercalating between 3rd and 4th year. I love volunteering for MOMs and am so excited at the chance to make Medicine more accessible. As a proud bisexual woman from a Jewish background, I'm thrilled with the role of inclusion officer and can't wait to reach even more prospective medical students.

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Josh Macarthur
Event Manager

Hannah Royle
Inclusion Officer

I’m a medical student currently intercalating between 3rd and 4th year. What I love about MOMS is that it gives opportunities to ensure equality between students no matter their background, because the application process into medical should be an even playing field for all. I am so excited to be a volunteer manager this year, because without the amazing volunteers these events wouldn’t be able to happen!

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I am a fourth year medical student and have been volunteering with MOMs for the last three years. I love volunteering with MOMs as I enjoy working with sixth formers to build their confidence and show them what studying Medicine is like. I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to study medicine and so I look forward to continuing to help out with society, as one of the volunteer managers. My role is to organise volunteers to help out at the events.

Charlie Dunkerley
Volunteer Manager

Ella Ashton
Volunteer Manager

I'm an intercalating student between 4th and 5th year. I have been part of MOMs for most of my degree and am really excited to now be part of the committee. I love volunteering with sixth formers to help them get into medicine and give them an understanding of what it is like. Everyone should have an equal opportunities and this is why I enjoy the work we do! I had support and advice from previous medical students and found it invaluable and want to do the same for others. I'll be running the simulated sessions.

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I’m a third year medical student and I will be one of the Simulated Session Leads this year. I have volunteering with MOMs for the past two years and have loved being a part of the society. I felt very overwhelmed by the prospect of applying to Medicine in Sixth Form and ended up doing a degree in Biochemistry first, so I am very passionate about making Medicine accessible to as many students as possible. My role is to help run the simulated sessions and allow students to gain confidence speaking with simulated patients. 

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James Houston
Simulated Session Lead

Amy Clarke
Simulated Session Lead

Rowena Hockley
Publicity Manager

I’m a medic intercalating between 3rd and 4th year. I have become involved with the MOMs events this past year and have really enjoyed working with the sixth formers. Helping remove barriers for people applying to medical school I believe is really important. I am happy to be able to be involved and pass on the knowledge I have gained in medical school to others. As part of my role I am responsible for publicity and our website and Facebook page.

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Past MOMs Project Leads

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Dr Ben Ryan

MOMs Lead 2015-2017


Dr Charlotte Auty

MOMs Lead 2017-2019


Dr Matthew Maden

MOMs Lead 2019-2020