Medical students impacted by discrimination: Their experiences of sense of belonging and support systems at medical school

With so many initiatives to improve the diversity of medical schools, we’re a team of UK medical students interested in finding out just how much minoritized medical students feel they belong and are supported past the application process of their respective schools. We are interested in hearing your honest experiences in a bid to help shape medical education in the UK.  

To participate in this study you must have attended or are currently attending the following medical schools: 

– Imperial College London  
– University College London  
– University of Dundee   
– University of Nottingham Schools (Nottingham and Lincoln Campus) 

For the purposes of this research, we have defined minoritized as someone who has felt that they have been impacted by discrimination.

Examples of minoritized groups include (but are not limited to) the following:    

– Those who identify as being otherly-abled/ having a disability/ Receiving DSA  

– Those who belong to an ethnic minority  

– Those who identify as LGBTQIA+  

– First generation applicants to higher education  

– Those previously looked after by a local authority  

– Those who are themselves, or have parents/ guardians in receipt of means-tested benefits  

– Household addresses in a POLAR 3 or 4 area  

– Those with refugee status  

– A young carer  

– Students who belong to one of the priority engagements groups (include students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and children on military families)  

– Those who are estranged from both parents/ legal guardians during their higher education  

– Mature students  

All students who apply and are selected to participate in our interviews, which should take no longer than 60 minutes, will receive a £20 shopping voucher at the end of the process as compensation for their time.  

If you are interested in taking part, please click the link to the following survey to register your interest: 

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact: Hamza Ikhlaq via email: