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UCLMS Student EDI Committee

UCLMS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Student Committee aims to foster a positive cultural climate where all students can flourish

UCLMS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Student Committee aims to foster a positive cultural climate where all students can flourish, where no one will feel compelled to conceal or play down elements of their identity for fear of stigma. Our aim is to ensure UCL Medical School will be a place where people can be authentic and their unique perspectives, experiences and skills are seen as a valuable asset to the institution.
The structure of the student body mirrors that of the staff body, and the respective subgroups work collaboratively.

Our existing subgroups are Race, Ethnicity and Heritage; Faith and Religion; Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and LGBTQ+.

Our committee is composed of hard-working student volunteers dedicated to our mission. We will be releasing a regular newsletter with updates about our current projects which you can sign up for.

Sign up for UCLMS EDI newsletter

The Student EDI Committee aims to represent the needs of UCLMS’ student body, so we would welcome any ideas, concerns or questions at medsch.studentedi@ucl.ac.uk.  

We also have a UCLMS EDI Moodle site.  Here you can keep up to date with all the latest activities and events by our subcommittees, access resources collated by all our members, meet the members of all our subcommittees and so much more.

UCLMS EDI Committee Essay Prize

The UCLMS EDI Committee has launched its Essay Prize to raise awareness of the impact of EDI issues in day-to-day clinical practice.

The deadline is Friday 01 September 2023 (17:00). This essay is open to all UCLMS students.

Drawing on your experience of the language doctors use in their day-to-day practice and teaching, reflect on the ways it can promote or impede feelings of inclusivity and belonging in patients and students.

  • 500-1,000 words.
  • Two winners of £200 each.
  • Two runner ups of £100 each.
  • Prize is funded via UCLMS EDI Committee budget.
  • The award is accompanied by a certificate.
  • Submission deadline is 01 September 2023.
  • The award will be announced at the end of September.
  • The prize is awarded by the Medical School on recommendation of the UCLMS EDI Committee co-chairs (panel of four).

Please email submissions to medsch.edicommittee@ucl.ac.uk.

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Dr Lois Haruna-Cooper, Dr Jayne Kavanagh, Tina Nyazika and John-george Nicholson (UCLMS EDI Committee Co-chairs)


Microaggressions Posters

A subgroup of the EDI committee has developed these posters, using a ChangeMakers grant, to raise awareness of microaggressions. 

Along with these digital copies, the group has disseminated physical posters throughout UCL hospitals with the aim to increase recognition of what microaggressions are and that there is a need to tackle them - in clinical environments and beyond. 

Microaggressions Disability poster

Microaggressions LGBTQ poster

Microaggressions Religion poster

Microaggressions Gender poster

Microaggressions Race poster