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Sally spreads the word on Widening Participation

Published: 23 May 2018
Sally presenting in Melbourne
Sally Curtis presenting at the Selection in Healthcare Professions conference

Following the award of an ASME/WILEY 60th anniversary travelling fellowship, Sally Curtis recently visited Australia to attend the 2nd Selection in Healthcare Professions conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Sally delivered a workshop entitled ‘Interactive approaches to support progression and retention for students from underrepresented backgrounds’ and also a presentation of the work she leads for the Medical Schools Council ‘Developing a national approach to measuring widening participation (WP) in UK medical schools’. Sally said, ‘Attending this conference was a great opportunity to find out more about underrepresented students in different countries and the similarities and differences they share with students in the UK.’

While in Australia, Sally was invited to visit the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra where she met with Professor Richard Baker the Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience) to learn more about their strategic initiatives that promote student and staff equity, Indigenous Reconciliation and improve the quality of the student experience. Sally delivered presentations on the WP work she is undertaking here in Southampton and UK wide for the Medical Schools Council and met with a number of staff in the medical faculty to discuss approaches to recruitment, programme development and support for indigenous and rural applicants to medicine. She also learnt about their new and innovative, faculty wide initiative for students and staff on whistleblowing and countering harassment, as professional behaviours.

Although this was a mainly working trip Sally, found time to and look up an old friend and colleague, Alex Webb, who worked in the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences in Southampton for 7 years before taking up her post as a Senior Lecturer at the ANU.

Sally visited the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra
Sally visited the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra
Former CLAS colleague, Alex Webb (with family Travis and Aili)
Former CLAS colleague, Alex Webb (with family Travis and Aili)
Sally found time to meet friends old and new!
Sally found time to meet friends old and new!
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