About Brighton and Sussex Medical School
At BSMS we strongly believe that our curriculum must be value-based, both inside and outside the classroom; and that all people involved with our school should feel welcome and respected, and should be helped to feel confident about themselves and valued for the positive contributions they can make. The school has a commitment to equality and diversity including protected characteristics such as gender, race, disability, religion, age and sexuality.
The school will fulfil its commitment to Equality and Diversity by:
- Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to opposing and removing inequality and discrimination in all its forms
- Promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect among all members of the school community;
- Ensuring that all staff and students are treated with dignity and with due regard paid to their beliefs and values
- Challenging negative stereotypes in all aspects of school life;
- Enabling classroom discussions of equality and diversity issues thereby inviting students and staff to reflect upon their impact on learning and health care delivery
- Ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broad-based, giving BSMS students an holistic understanding of the social, psychological and physical determinants of health
- Monitoring admissions policies, teaching delivery, school regulations and employment practices to ensure that they take appropriate account of equality and diversity issues
(From the BSMS Equality and Diversity statement, agreed in April 2014)
To support these aims, BSMS has created an Inclusivity Team which is made up of staff and students from all parts of the school. The team promotes inclusivity and has been particularly involved in gaining the school’s Silver Athena SWAN award which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality, not just barriers to progression that affect women.