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Glossary of terms

At the BMA we define:

‘Equality’ as fair and individual treatment for all – an environment where everyone can participate and has the same opportunities to fulfil their potential.

‘Diversity’ as recognising that we are all different, and celebrating and valuing these differences. Each person is an individual with visible and non-visible differences, and by respecting this, everyone can feel valued for their contributions.

‘Inclusion’ as proactively developing approaches to include everyone from all groups, challenging discrimination and exclusion, and eliminating barriers.

Find out more about the Equality Act 2010


Equality and inclusion in medical education and training

Widening participation into medicine

Guide to flexible training and working

Equal pay and less than full time trainees

Examining Equality: A survey of royal colleges examinations

Examining Equality: A survey of royal colleges examinations - progress review

Ensuring fairness in clinical training and assessment: principles and examples of good practice


Equality and inclusion at work

Rules and realities at work (BMA Northern Ireland)

Equality and diversity: improving the working lives of doctors (BMA Northern Ireland)

Stopping bullying and harassment at work

Dealing with discrimination

Equality lens: Briefing on gender and ethnicity amongst the medical workforce



Age discrimination - an equalities perspective (blog)



Making reasonable adjustments - what they are and why they matter

Improving lives - BMA response to the Work, Health and Disability green paper consultation


Gender and gender reassignment

Case studies from women at the BMA

Women in academic medicine

Gender pay gap – BMA response to government consultation on mandatory public sector gender pay gap reporting

Briefing - gender pay gap reporting

Seven must-reads to celebrate International Women's Day

Women's History Month blogs

So much promise, so much still to do

A shared sense of privilege - and uncertainty

How a book group helps women back into medicine

Men's turn to step up

A full-time job in challenging attitudes

Stand up for what's right

Women doctors, taking control of their careers


Maternity and paternity

Working parents



Tackling racism in medical careers: The role of consultants

Interview with Janet Bolaji


Religion or belief

Religion in medicine


Sexual orientation

Homophobic and biphobic discrimination in the workplace


Resources for IMGs (international medical graduates)

A guide for doctors new to the UK

The contribution of international medical graduate doctors to the NHS