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Inter-Connected Goals in Diversity Education

There is a lot of activity around diversity education right now. As I see it, the activity focuses on two inter-connected goals. One goal is to create a more inclusive school culture and learning experiences for both staff and students. The complementary goal is to equip students to be citizens and professionals who aim to make the world fair and just for all. Principles of inclusion, lifelong learning and authenticity guide these activities. Read more


Reflections on inclusive educational practice, diversifying and decolonising the curriculum

Social biases, stereotypes and stigmas linked to protected groups (see Equality Act) are disrupting education for students. This happens in various ways: from the triggering of stereotype threat which compounds learners’ emotional and cognitive loads (Bullock et al, 2020) to restricting a sense of belonging and not feeling safe in coming forward with concerns or struggles faced (e.g. in terms of mental health or specific learning difficulties). Read more

Time for change as Black Lives Matter

We are committee members of DIMAH (Diversity in Medicine and Health), a national collaborative organisation in the UK. We write in response to Black Lives Matter movement and the international response to the police murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 in the USA. Read more

2019 Conference: University of Liverpool

2nd DIMAH Conference 2019

This conference was held on 9th May 2019 10am-5pm at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool. We aimed to build on the success of our first conference and encourage health care academics and trainers to bring students to continue the conversation about how diversity issues are being embedded in the curriculum.

At the conference, we heard students’ perspectives on issues such as equity, inclusion and diversity curriculum development. In past years DIMAH has focused exclusively on curriculum development but at this conference we want to emphasise the importance of making links between diversity curriculum change and the attainment gap. It is so important we don’t work in silos on these issues and that we learn from all the health care curricula and students.


Conference Themes

  • Staff Development
  • Student Experience
  • Attainment gap
  • Curriculum Development
  • Sharing Resources
  • Inclusion and Health
  • Educational Research


Keynotes Speakers:

Dr Katherine Woolf – Senior Lecturer, UCL. Expertise in and published research on diversity in medical education

Sarah Lasoye – NUS Women’s Officer 2018-19

Bankolu Alo – Medical Student, St.George’s Medical School

Medical Schools Council


The 2019 DIMAH conference was an indelible success with an opportunity to really immerse in discussions on diversity through inspiring workshops and talks. The following are some of the workshops presented at the conference:



What Does Inclusivity in Professional Education Mean to You ? by Dr Valerie Farnsworth


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Train The Trainers – Lessons From an MA Module for Clinical Educators by Shuangyu Li PhD SFHEA


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