Medical students committee overview

The MSC (medical students committee) represents medical students in the UK. Find out more about our members, meetings and priorities.

Location: UK
Audience: Medical students
Updated: Wednesday 10 November 2021
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​The MSC (medical students committee) represents medical students in the UK. We consider and address issues of importance to medical students and make sure your views are represented in wider BMA policy.

 

Our priorities

MSC policy is set by the annual medical students conference and the BMA's ARM (annual representative meeting). As future doctors, we want to safeguard our NHS. As such, our four main priorities are:

Finance

  • Lobby for the protection of the NHS bursary for AHP and medical students.
  • Lobby for sufficient and equitable travel expenses for medical students on placement.
  • Lobby against increase of fees for international medical students.

Welfare

  • Addressing racial harassment and other harmful behaviours at medical schools

  • Improve awareness of student mental health issues.
  • Lobby for improvements to support systems.

Education

  • Contribute to the development of the UKMLA (UK medical licensing assessment).
  • Increase medical student places.

Widening participation

  • Support students from a widening participation background, including mature students.
  • Engage the wider BMA and relevant stakeholders in widening participation, making recommendations and/or developing resources.

 

Our people

Each UK medical school elects a representative to the MSC for one year. To find out who the MSC representative for your medical school is, please contact the MSC secretariat at [email protected].

The MSC also has an executive subcommittee, which is entitled to take decisions in between meetings of the MSC.

Co-chairs: Becky Bates, Tinaye Mapako.

Members

Deputy chair of MSC (education)
Vassili Crispi

Deputy chair of MSC (welfare)
Marina Politis

Deputy chair of MSC (finance)
Sepand Malek

Deputy chair of MSC (widening participation)
Jacob Oguntimehin

Chair of medical students conference 2021
Khadija Meghrawi

Member relations liaison group chair
Catriona McVey

Member of MSC executive committee
Rishab Makam

Member of MSC executive committee
Harris Nageswaran

Student members elected to BMA council (non-voting)
Jahangir Alom
Emma Runswick
Chris Smith
Vicky Theakston

Previous chair of MSC (non-voting)
Chris Smith

Member appointed by the JDC (non-voting)
Shanze Ashai

Devolved nation chairs:

Chair of Northern Ireland MSC (non-voting)
Aisling McCarthy

Chair of Scotland MSC (non-voting)
Lewis O’Connor

Chair of Wales MSC (non-voting)
Ellen Davies

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Associated committees

Our meetings

The committee meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting medical students. Our meetings are open to all elected medical student representatives for each medical school across the UK, but non-members can apply to attend via the committee visitors scheme.

Committee meetings:

  • Saturday 25 September 2021 (Virtual)
  • Friday 4 February 2022 (Virtual)
  • Saturday 23 April 2022 (BMA House)
  • Friday 17 June 2022 (BMA House).

For more information, please email [email protected].

 

Conference

The MSC annual conference is an opportunity to discuss the current issues affecting medical students and to pass motions based on these debates.

BMA members from all medical schools across the UK are invited to attend, with each medical school allocated a certain number of conference places.

Any policy passed at the conference directs the MSC’s work for the coming year.

The conference dates are Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April 2022. 

Watch BMA chair of council message to the 2021 conference

Conference committee

Chair of conference 2022
Callum George

Deputy chair of conference 2022
Matti Jubouri

Immediate past chair of conference (2021)
Khadija Meghrawi

Elected members of agenda committee 

Annabel Heybourne
Niraj Kumar
Ethan Wilson
Elisha De-Alker

MSC co-chairs (2021 to 2022)
TBC

How to join MSC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the Medical students committee, this is: 

Medical school elections
  • Seats/term - every year, all medical schools elect a representative and a deputy representative for a one-session term. For split campuses (Nottingham/Derby and York/Hull), an additional deputy representative is elected. An extra deputy representative is elected from Manchester, Keele, Exeter and Cardiff medical schools.
  • Timeline - elections usually take place in March or April.
  • Eligibility - all student BMA members are eligible to stand and vote in this election.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  

 

Elections

Medical school elections 2021 to 2022

The MSC is holding elections for the following seats for a one-session term:

  • one representative from Ulster University
  • one deputy representative from Belfast University
  • one deputy representative from Bristol University
  • one deputy representative from Dundee University
  • one deputy representative from Exeter University
  • one deputy representative from Liverpool University
  • one deputy representative from St Barts/Royal London University
  • one deputy representative from Ulster University
  • one deputy representative from York University.

Eligibility

To stand or vote in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA full-time student member 
  • have a BMA online account.

Intercalating students may stand for election if they
are completing their additional degree at the same university as their medical school.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Monday 1 November 2021 to 12pm on Monday 15 November 2021.
  • Ballot - from 2pm on Monday 15 November 2021 to 1pm on Monday 29 November 2021.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

Results

Results will be announced from Monday 29 November 2021 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the MSC, please email [email protected].