Welsh medical students committee

The WMSC (Welsh medical students committee) covers all matters of importance to medical students in Wales and acts on their behalf. Find out more about our priorities, members and meetings.

Location: Wales
Audience: Medical students
Updated: Wednesday 10 July 2024
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​The WMSC covers all matters of importance to medical students in Wales and acts on their behalf. We do this by informing, liaising and, where appropriate, collaborating with the Welsh Government, Cardiff and Swansea medical schools, local health boards and Health Education and Improvement Wales.

The committee also works closely with the BMA Welsh council and the UK MSC.

Our priorities

Mental health

Raise awareness of student mental health issues and assess the scope of the support offered by medical schools in Wales.

In 2020, we conducted a mental health survey of medical students in Wales to learn about mental health at university. 

Widening participation

Promote access to medicine regardless of background and monitor differential attainment.

Accommodation standards

We lobbied for improvements in the standard of accommodation for students on placements and continue to monitor these standards.

Grassroots engagement

Improve communication with students in order to increase awareness of the BMA and encourage engagement with WMSC.


Monitor the implementation of the MLA (Medical Licensing Assessment) and medical schools’ own assessment procedures.


Our people

Chair: Erin Flaherty

Deputy Chair: JJ Green


Cardiff 1st Year

Mohammad Zabit Rishad/
Esther Ogrunbameru

Cardiff 2nd year


Cardiff 3rd Year

Kevin Boon Chun Lee/Vacant

Cardiff 4th year

Ethan Baker/Leighton Newton

Cardiff 5th year

Erin Flaherty/Olivia Hird

North Wales C21



Sanay Goyal

Immediate past chair: Craig Heath

Swansea 1st year

Sarah Osborn/Ashly Alava Garcia

Swansea 2nd year

George Carter

Swansea 3rd year

Megan Johnston/ JJ Green

Swansea 4th year

Lawrence Quach/ Belinda Wang

MSC representatives 22/23


Steffan Williams
Deputy: Sam Dyer
Bangor Deputy: TBC


Malaika Sujeesh
Deputy: James Brawn


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Our meetings

We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting medical students in Wales. These meetings are open to WMSC members only.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 9 October 2024
  • Wednesday 11 December 2024
  • Wednesday 19 February 2025
  • Wednesday 14 May 2025

All meetings take place from 6.30pm to 9pm either virtually or at:

BMA Cymru Wales
5th Floor
2 Caspian Point
Caspian Way
Cardiff Bay
CF10 4DQ


How to join

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 WMSC, these are: 

Medical schools elections to UKMSC
  • Seats/term - every year, both medical schools in Wales elect a representative to UKMSC for a one-session term. These representatives have non-voting seats on the WMSC.
  • Timeline - elections usually take place in March or April.
  • Eligibility - all student BMA members are eligible to stand and vote in this election.
Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every year, both medical schools in Wales elect two representatives, and an intercalating representative, from each year for a one-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections usually take place in May or June.
  • Eligibility - all student BMA members in Wales are eligible to stand and vote in this election.

There is also a co-opted representative position for the Cardiff Medical school C21 course run at Bangor University.

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.  



The Welsh medical student committee is made up of one representative from each academic year group at each medical school in Wales (Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales) and one intercalating representative.

There is no fifth year at Swansea as it is a graduate entry course and first years for each medical school will be advertised in September at the start of the academic year.

Direct elections 2024 to 2025

The WMSC is holding elections for the following seats: 

  • 1x Cardiff 2nd year representative
  • 1x Cardiff 3rd year representative
  • 1x Cardiff 4th year representative
  • 1x Cardiff 5th year representative
  • 1 x Intercalating representative


To stand or vote in this election, you must:

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

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations open 9am on Monday 24 June and close at 12 noon on Monday 15 July 2024.
  • Ballot opens from 9am on Wednesday 17 July and closes at 12 noon on Wednesday 7 August 2024.
  • Results from 9am on Friday 9 August 2024 until 9am on Friday 16 August 2024.

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

Take part in the election


Results will be announced from Friday 9 August 2024 on the election portal.

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



Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the WMSC, please contact us or call 029 2047 4696.

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