Medical Students Committee Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland Medical Students Committee (NIMSC)

About our committee

The NIMSC is a standing committee of the BMA and represents all medical students in Northern Ireland. Its remit is to consider and act in matters affecting those studying medicine.

The NIMSC also liaises closely with the Northern Ireland Junior Doctors' Committee (NIJDC) and the NIMSC chair attends the NIJDC meetings to advise on the issues of concern to medical students and to update the committee on the work of NIMSC.


Our current priorities

Student mental health - NIMSC carried out a mental health survey in 2019 targeting all medical students currently studying at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). The survey was intended to flag-up any issues with the mental health support services provided by QUB and to seek ways in which students feel these services could be improved. Download and read the full summary of the survey results.

Widening Participation – Following on from the success of the 2016 ARM Schools event, NIMSC is holding a Widening Participation event on 10 October 2017 at Riddel Hall, which will promote medicine as a career with the focus on those students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Student Finance – NIMSC will continue to work to abolish tuition fees in Northern Ireland, in line with the BMA NI manifesto, through various means including lobbying MLAs, working with other organisations etc.

New medical school in NI – NIMSC will continue to keep members informed of progress in regards to the new medical school at University of Ulster.

Medical workforce planning – Along with the other NI branches of practice, NIMSC will continue to influence DoH to produce a comprehensive and effective medical workforce plan.

Political influence - Politically influence through ongoing contact with MLAs, attendance at and input to political party conferences and assembly business based around the BMA NI priorities.

We want to hear from you – Join us for one of our meetings around the country or tell us what you think NIMSC's priorities should be by emailing our chair.


Who we are


NIMSC chair: Leo Mansell 

Leo Mansell ARM 2018

The committee includes two representatives from each year of medical study. Members are elected via an online election process.

View the NIMSC membership


When we meet

We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting medical students in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about our next meeting.


Any questions?

Call us on 028 9026 9666 or email [email protected]


Get involved

Membership of the Northern Ireland Medical Students committee (NIMSC) is a great opportunity to represent your colleagues and highlight the issues that mater to you.

Directly elected members

The committee is made up of two representatives from each year of study. Any future opportunities to stand for direct election to the Northern Ireland Medical Students committee will be detailed here along with details of how to stand.

Visitor scheme

The BMA also has a visitor scheme which allows those who have not previously been involved in BMA work a chance to gain experience of the committee. 

Find out more about how to take part