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What is MedRACE?

'MedRACE' stands for Medicine: Raising Awareness, Celebrating Excellence. We are a staff-student group, founded in 2020 following the release of the BMA Racial Harassment Charter in 2020, which set out four aims for all medical schools.

These aims are:

  • supporting individuals to speak out
  • ensuring robust processes for receiving and handling complaints
  • mainstreaming Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) across the learning environment
  • addressing racial harassment on work placements

With these aims, the working group started monthly meetings that have led to many achievements both within the medical school and beyond! 

Our model consists of two staff co-chairs; Prof Kate Williams and Dr Shameq Sayeed, two student co-chairs; Kiran Bhavra and Amardeep Sidki, as well as a social media team, and valuable staff input to help run MedRACE online and help with Student Selected Component (SSC) Projects (Dr Gina Barnett and Keith Nockels). Read more about our co-chairs, past and present.

What kind of work do MedRACE do?

Our work is project based and as such apart from co-chairs and social media, there are no set roles within MedRACE. If there is a project you would like to do, we will do our best to facilitate that!

We do however, have standing annual projects that are at our core of what we do. These are:

  • Active bystander training for medical students and patient-carer groups
  • Induction training with regards to a more racially inclusive curriculum
  • Decolonising the Curriculum SSCs
  • International Women’s Day events
  • Black History month collaborations
  • Policy changes in both pre-clinical (e.g. HALO code) and clinical settings, such as inclusive theatre headwear and wearing the kara in theatre

In which ways can I get involved?

Including but not at all limited to:

Students: get involved with project ideas, testing products (such as inclusive theatre headwear), participating in research and focus groups, hosting events, teaching and developing lesson plans, social media running, SSCs, conferences, open days

Staff: research, project recruitment, audits, discussion groups, SSCs

Externals: collaboration, conferences, projects and events

Can I attend a MedRACE meeting?

Of course; our meetings are held on MS Teams, at 5.30-6.30 pm on the first Thursday of every month.

If you are a UoL student or staff member, email us at, or contact Dr Shameq Sayeed/Prof Kate Williams to be added to the mailing list and therefore have an invite automatically to each meeting. You can also join the MedRACE whatsapp group for more regular updates and opportunities for research and teaching etc. 

If you are from outside of UoL, please email, and if you would like to present at a meeting please let us know and we will add you to the agenda!

I am a faculty member at University of Leicester, how do I get information about reviewing my curriculum?

One of MedRACE’s big projects is decolonising the curriculum, usually achieved through SSCs where a student will work with a faculty member to review and make recommendations. However, we recognise that this model isn’t a one size fits all, and faculty members may not want the commitment of an SSC, nor rely on waiting for these to come around. Additionally, we recognise that there is already an awarding gap in UK ethnic minority students, and it is more often than not these students who undertake the decolonising work. It is important that faculty members recognise this, and that they may want to commence review of their curriculum independently. 

For non-medical subjects, Dr Paul Campbell has worked with the University centrally to develop a Racially Inclusive Curriculum Toolkit, which is accessible online.
For medicine, we recognise that the original toolkit did not always apply to medicine as a subject, and so we have developed a Medicine-specific Racially Inclusive Curriculum Toolkit, due to be released in 2023.

I am a faculty member, how can I work with MedRACE for an Student Selected Component (SSC)?

For more information about this, please get in touch with Dr Shameq Sayeed. Please be aware that medical students do a 3 week SSC at the end of Y3, and then Y5 have the option to undertake an SSC in place of an elective over 6 weeks in May time, and so a degree of notice is required so that we can advertise the projects in time.

I am a student, I would like to do an SSC with MedRACE. How do I do this?

If you are in Y3, the project booklet will be made available to you in due course, and you would preference and rank your choices along with other SSC projects as usual. Please note a place is not guaranteed, and number of students accepted are dependent on how many unit leads are willing to get involved.
If you are in Y5, then please contact Dr Rich Kitten directly, as this is independently organised.

I am a faculty member from another university and interested in working with or consulting MedRACE. How do I go about this?

Please email us at Most likely, we will invite you to attend a meeting where you can ask us and our students questions, or invite us to a meeting at your institution, where we can present or answer questions that way.

Is MedRACE a student society?

MedRACE is not a society, rather a staff-student working group. As such, we do not receive any grants from the SU, nor have formal memberships and membership fees. We also do not hold any sponsorship contracts. 

If you would like to be a part of MedRACE, even just to listen or give opinions on ideas, then you can join our whatsapp group and our mailing list.

Do you have information on scholarships and mentorships?

We aim to have a section on our website specifically for this, as this is certainly something that we champion and advertise internally. To be the first to hear about these schemes, it is best to join our Whatsapp group. At the end of every monthly meeting we also have a small round up of upcoming conferences, scholarships and opportunities.

Do you work on accessibility and inclusivity on demographics other than race?

Yes! Whilst MedRACE was born from work towards eradicating racial harassment and inequality, we recognise intersectionality and always keen to work with specific groups that recognise other protected characteristics. Additionally, our active bystander training is pulled from real life scenarios that have happened to our students, and we use a variety of examples of discrimination, such as disability, homophobia and gender-based discrimination.

How do I contact MedRACE?

We would love to hear from you!

Twitter: @UOL_MedRACE
Instagram: @uol_medrace

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