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: Tuesday 13 July 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:

  • Friday 19 March 2021
  • Saturday 12 June 2021.

All meetings will take place virtually.

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.

This year's medical students conference took place virtually on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March 2021. 

Watch BMA chair of council message to the 2021 conference

Conference committee

Chair of conference 2021
Khadija Meghrawi

Deputy chair of conference 2021
Callum George

Immediate past chair of conference (2020)
Jack Brophy

Elected members of agenda committee 

Matti Jubouri
Marie-Claire Bradley
Esther Awe
Acayo Okello

MSC co-chairs (2020 to 2021)
Becky Bates
Tinaye Mapako

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, an additional deputy representative is elected.
  • 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

Elections for the medical students committee are now closed.

The next elections will take place in 2021.

 

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].