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February 2023

Logo for Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network ConferenceMidlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network Conference 2023 at Leicester

Registration is open for the MREM Network conference, to be held on Saturday 11 March, 10.00am - 4.30pm, in the George Davies Centre, and also available to join remotely (morning sessions only). The event will feature keynote speakers, a student panel, posters and workshops. This student-led event is free and is open to students and staff. Read more and register.

January 2023

MedRACE succeeds in driving positive change in University Hospitals Leicester policy

Sikh Kara bangle

MedRACE worked with the University Hospitals Trust (UHL) to change local NHS policy regarding the Kara; a metal bangle worn by Sikhs, after MedRACE member Amardeep Sidki highlighted this as a equality issue. After a thorough review, it was agreed across all UHL sites that the Kara does not need to be removed when in the hospital, including surgical scrubbing. Read more in Amardeep's blog.


September 2022

EDI induction and active bystander training delivered to almost 1000 students!

Throughout September, staff and students of MedRACE have co-delivered EDI and active bystander training sessions. This involved 5 lectures and over 40 group work sessions reaching nearly 1000 students in foundation year, year 1, year 3 and final year students! Audience participation and engagement in these sessions has allowed for many views and opinions to be raised, enhancing the delivery of these sessions.


Panel speakers at Black History Month Symposium

Panel and audience at Black History Month EventMedRACE students Ololade Tijani and Divine Maduka contributed to a panel discussion on the experiences of Black students at the University of Leicester, as part of the College of Life Sciences inaugural Black History Month Symposium.

MedRACE presentation and workshop at UK Medical Schools EDI Network Meeting (12 September)

MedRACE student co-chairs Takunda Nhiwatia and Wendy Tetteh spoke on their perspectives on Race Equality within medical schools and medical education, and Divine Maduka joined Takunda to run a workshop on the importance of students in the development of inclusive curricula in Medical Education.

June 2022

Speaker Event: Tackling Differential Attainment in Medical Education, Professor Katherine Woolf, UCL

Held on Wednesday 22 June, in person with remote access

The GMC has pledged to “eradicate disadvantage and discrimination in medical education and training” by 2031. Professor Katherine Woolf, UCL, presented an overview of the evidence in relation to differential attainment by ethnicity in medical education and shared evidence-based suggestions for tackling this pervasive problem. 

This event was jointly hosted by Leicester University Medics Afro-Caribbean Society (LUMACS) and MedRACE, supported by the University of Leicester Medical School.

Leicester to host second Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network Conference

Logo for Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine networkIt has been confirmed that Leicester Medical School will host the next Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network (MREM) conference in 2023! You can read more about MREM and last year's conference here. If you would like to be involved, please contact

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