November 2015


SEFCE are pleased to announce their sixth symposium to be held in the afternoon of Wednesday, 18 November 2015.  We are delighted that Professor Mona Siddiqui will be delivering the keynote lecture, entitled “Diversity in UK Medical Education - Does It Matter?”.  Professor Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first person to hold a chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies.  Prior to this she worked at Glasgow University directing the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. 

Amongst her most recent publications are a personal theological journey, My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey (IB Tauris, 2014), Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Her current monograph is on the legal and theological limits of hospitality (Yale UP October 2015). She has held visiting professorships at several Dutch and American universities including a Humanitas Professorship at Cambridge University in 2014. 

She is well known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life. She is a regular commentator in the media, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day.  In 2012, she appeared as a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and in July this year will be a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions.  She chairs the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland. She has recently been elected to join the Nuffield Council of Bioethics and invited onto the Board of the Franco-British Council. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds four honorary doctorates and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Scottish Architects for her contribution to public life.  In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services. In 2014 she spoke on religion and politics at the World Economic Forum in Davos as she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was named in the Debretts top 500 list of the most influential people in the UK. In 2016, she will give the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen.

The programme, in the Chancellor’s Building, University of Edinburgh, Little France, is free to all NHS and University of Edinburgh staff and includes several workshops (TBA) and the SEFCE Teaching Awards 2014, as well as the keynote address.

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Provisional Programme



Lunch (Seminar Room 2/Undergraduate Medical Teaching Room)

 TEDx video “Beat Your Bias, Question your first impression”, Yassmin Abdel-Magied



Welcome and introduction (Dr Simon Edgar, Director of Medical Education, NHS Lothian; Chair of SEFCE Board)


Presentation of 2015 SEFCE Awards

  • Clinical Educator Programme Level 3 Diplomas
  • Clinical Educator of the Year
  • Young Clinical Educator of the Year
  • Personal Tutor of the Year
  • Clinical Tutor Associate of the Year 



Plenary LectureProfessor Mona Siddiqui “Diversity in UK Medical Education - Does It Matter?”




Short lectures “How biased are we in our practice? Personal perspectives from patients and medical students.”

1) Life in Plastics - Judy Evans Video

2) Trans inclusion - why getting it right matters now - Ayla and Wren Holdom




Discussion sessions (Strict limit on session capacity.)

a) Disability – FULLY BOOKED

Melanie Reid

b) Different perspectives on diversity: ethnicity – FULLY BOOKED

Professor Nisha Dogra and Dr Margot Turner

c) “Non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, transgender? What does it all mean?” -

Penny Osborne, Liam Vandewalle and Edinburgh LGBTI+ Medics 

d) “Issues That Divide Scotland” - FULLY BOOKED

Dr Andrew Storey, Consultant Physician, NHS Fife

e) Homophobia in the Clinical Environment – FULLY BOOKED

Noel Sharkey and Edinburgh LGBTI+ Medics       

f) Class awareness/discrimination/bias in Medicine and Medical Education – FULLY BOOKED

Professor Jane Norman MD FRCOG FRCPE FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Director of the Tommy's Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, Vice Principal, People and Culture

g) Women in a male-dominated specialty - Student Experiences of Sexism – FULLY BOOKED

Judy Evans

h) Ageism - Derek Jones


Closing plenary

1.  Share key messages from discussion sessions (What is working well? What could be done differently?)

2.  Brief summary of instructions for completing online assessment for those who wish to use the Symposium as an alternative tocompleting online Equality & Diversity modules.