Category: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and Fairness

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Why the reframing of personal statements on UCAS applications needs to go further

UCAS has announced that, from 2024, the personal statement element of the university application process will be reframed into structured questions with six key areas of focus: motivation for the course preparedness for the course preparation through other experiences extenuating circumstance preparedness for study preferred learning style Professor Fiona Patterson…

Work Psychology Group widens access for 2021 work experience cohort

It’s been an unprecedented 365 days, to say the least. And we wanted our annual studentships to reflect that.   Which is why, here at Work Psychology Group (WPG), we are running our work experience programme slightly differently in 2021.  Casting our net wider  Studentships are an important part of WPG. In past years, we would offer two Occupational Psychology (OP) Masters students from either the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and/or City, University of…

Medical Student Selection During the Pandemic – messages for the future

The coronavirus pandemic has inexplicably altered the way we do most things. And in the field of organisational psychology, it has caused major disruption to the recruitment and selection process.   In a healthcare setting, over the past year assessors have had to rely solely on remote digital selection methods.   But how fair and valid are these new assessment processes? And what lessons can we learn from this unprecedented time in healthcare selection?   This was one topic of discussion…

Selection and recruitment in Healthcare in the time of COVID – what have we learned and where next?

The COVID pandemic has disrupted university selection processes around the world. At a time when healthcare workers are more vital than ever, how do we take what we’ve learnt during 2020 and ensure that the methods used in Medical selection remain valid, fair and reliable in a post COVID landscape? This was the topic for discussion at this year’s meeting of the International Network for…

10 success factors to help eliminate Differential Attainment

Everybody deserves the right to a fair and level playing field. But, as we have said before, there have been inequalities in medical education and training for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors for some time.  These inequalities lead to a gap in attainment levels between different groups of doctors. In the medical field, this gap is referred to as Differential Attainment (DA). But in other sectors, it is known as ‘adverse impact’ or ‘group differences’.  When can Differential…