2021 Conference

Diversity: Words to Actions

This conference was held online on Wednesday 6th October 2021 9.30-16.30. The conference celebrated 10 years of diversity work and offered both students and academic staff a chance to share best practice, and work together in overcoming barriers. The event was free for all attendees, and we would encourage that all staff, healthcare professionals and healthcare students interested in EDI attend.


Keynotes included:

“The Importance of Intersectionality” Dr Hina Shahid

“Mind the Gap” Malone Mukwende

“MSC EDI Strategy” Clare Owen & Dr Rachel Chall

“Trans Liberation in Medical Education: How to be an Ally’ Eve Benfield & Sage Ellis

During the ‘creative break’ we heard a poem by Manny Oladipo, Lecturer in Clinical Communication, UoM


Some recordings from the event are available below.

This video is a series of short presentations, or Pecha Kucha’s, followed by Q&A which address the following topics:

‘Diversifying the curriculum and improving representation within pre-clinical clinical consultation skills sessions.’ The presenter is Anuradha Ponnapalli, a medical student from the University of Manchester.



In this video Ariana Axiaq, a third year medical student at Queens University Belfast, speaks about her project investigating: ‘Embedding Cultural Humility Early in a Medical Curriculum’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations followed by Q&A.



In this video two final year medical students at St George’s University, Valentina Abi Osman and Bankolu Alo, present on and discuss ‘Embedding hidden histories and creating medical educators of the future’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations followed by Q&A.



In this video Dr Mairaed Corrigan, Senior Lecturer and EDI lead in Medicine and Dr Barry Quinn, Senior Lecturer and EDI academic lead in Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University Belfast, present on ‘Developing an online toolkit for OSCE Examiners’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations followed by Q&A.



In this video Khadija Owusu presents on work she carried out with a team at St George’s University medical school addressing ‘Today’s students challenging racism: tomorrow’s allies’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations followed by Q&A.



In this video, Valerie Farnsworth, a lecturer and academic lead for inclusive practice at the University of Leeds, presents on ‘Learning on Placement and Reporting Discrimination’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations (partial recording) followed by Q&A.



In this video, a fourth year medical student at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Sudipta Sharmi Das, presents on her project about ‘Evaluating communication skills teaching in relation to patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and exploring undergraduate medical student perspective’. This is one of the short ‘pecha kucha’ presentations followed by Q&A.



We also had the following workshops. If you are interested in contacting the presenters, please email support@dimah.co.uk

Challenging Discrimination- Creating Community Fora – Dr Miriam Fine

Grab a Biscuit-An LGBTQ language workshop – Dr Kat Sanders (Chair: Shuangyu)

Barriers to Accessing healthcare among South Asian Communities- Dr Farah Farzana, Dr Enam Haque

We are hearing but are we still really listening – Dr Rini Paul

Co- Creation to Decolonise the curriculum- Dr Ban Haider

I am Sorry I never thought of that… – Dr Isobel Jenkins

Little less conversations- Practical solutions- Kismet Lalli Dr Paul Brennan

Moving from Bystanders to Active Bystanders in Medicine – Dr Kate Williams

Respect don’t label- using language with awareness … – Dr Sarah Collins