Attendees of Medical Schools Council meetings comprise the most senior levels of medical education. Part of the council’s work therefore concerns encouraging the brightest candidates to rise to these levels, and identifying the barriers that have held certain groups back.
The Medical Schools Council is attended usually by heads of medical schools or heads of the health faculties which contain medical schools. The vast majority of people in these positions have in the past been men. While the council has no means of influencing promotion practices within its member institutions, it aims to promote equality among attendees, foster an inclusive and welcoming environment, and encourage leadership in all groups across the sector.
The central element of this work has been the creation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Group and engagement with the Athena SWAN initiative.