Professor Sally Curtis studied Physiology with Pharmacology at the University of Southampton. She graduated in 1998 took up the post of lecturer and deputy programme lead on the (then) new widening participation in medicine programme, BM6, in 2002. Sally then worked on the BM6 programme alongside studying for a PhD in Health Sciences, investigating muscle co-activation in chronic neck pain.
Sally was the BM6 programme lead (2012-2020) and from its inception, co-designed and delivered the innovative BM6 curriculum, receiving the Vice Chancellor’s teaching excellence award in 2006. BM6 has the reputation as one of the most respected WP in medicine programmes in the UK, receiving national recognition and featuring in several national reports as an example of best practice. Sally received the National Teaching Fellow award on 2019 in recognition or her work in widening participation and student support.
It is very important that widening access to medicine programmes should not only focus on recruitment and admission to medical school but also on the curriculum and supporting students in developing the skills, confidence and professional identity that support success in their studies and future careers.
Sally is now Deputy Head of School Education and is working with the Faculty of Medicine to deliver excellent student experience, with a focus on inclusivity and social accountability. Sally is a member of the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance (MSCSA) and UKCAT consortium. In addition, is a member of the MSCSA executive board, responsible for implementing the recommendations made in the Medical Schools Council’s 2014 Selecting for Excellence final report. The board implement successful change management initiatives and formulate strategic plans developing national policy relating to selection and widening participation. Sally co-wrote the current indicators of best practice in the use of contextual admissions and leads the national data monitoring group for MSCSA board. This group works closely with HESA, UKMED and UCAS and has established a reliable national data set and a robust process for collating and disseminating data whilst monitoring national WP progress at a national level.
Sally’s nationally recognised expertise has led to many invitations to act as an advisor for a number of institutions, organisations and advisory bodies, including UK and Scottish Governments and many Russell group universities. She provides advice on the design and development of curricula, programme design, admissions processes as well as undergraduate and postgraduate support.
Sally leads a research group in Medical Education with a particular focus on widening participation and the student experience at a faculty, university, national and international level. Through her contributions to the University of Southampton she been closely involved in the development of the undergraduate WP policy, programme regulations, policies and packages supporting students from a range of underrepresented backgrounds.