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The University of Southampton
Medical Education

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Sally Curtis Event

17:15 - 18:15
25 March 2021
Online Event

Event details

Widening participation in medicine for students from underrepresented backgrounds is vital in ensuring excellence in medical education, the medical profession and the patient experience. In the last 20 years there has been a huge amount of progress, moving away from the original idea of WP programmes being a ‘golden ticket’ to medicine and more recently the growing acknowledgment that they do not simply ‘level the playing field’. Understanding the challenges students face allows us to establish how to best support them fulfil their potential, but it is also crucial to understand the importance of institutional responsibility in creating a nurturing environment that enables a transformative learning experience for all. My teaching-focused career has enabled me to realise the potential of working with students and a wide range of colleagues to successfully effect widening participation and success at Southampton and beyond, together leading a change in the culture of medical schools and the medical profession.

Speaker information

Professor Sally Curtis, Sally undertook her degree in Physiology with Pharmacology as a mature student at the University of Southampton. Since graduating she has spent most of her career at Southampton, gaining her PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences and developing her career in teaching in the Faculty of Medicine. Sally has worked on the BM6 widening participation programme from its start in 2002 to the present day and leads a research group exploring widening participation and the student experience. She is a member of the Medical Schools Council’s Selection Alliance Board, advising on WP admissions processes and student support and also leads their national data monitoring group. Sally works closely with the University in the development of WP practice and policy and has also advised on the development and delivery of many WP programmes across the UK. Her expertise in Widening Participation was recognised with the award of National Teaching Fellow in 2018.

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