strengthens links between universities
The purpose of the conference was to disseminate the project outcomes of the Leicester-Medunsa link and to raise the profile of key areas of importance in medical undergraduate education and help them become part of a wider South African agenda to improve clinical care and ensure that doctors provide equitable care to all their patients.
The conference consisted of keynote
presentations addressing the project itself, diversity teaching models and
communication skills. These were
followed by workshops run by Leicester staff included Teaching Diversity and
Supporting Students’ Learning. Barry Masoga (Regional Director of Education for Southern Africa at
the British Council) talked about the value of partnerships and described the
Leicester and Medunsa link as “one of the most successful British Council
projects to date in South Africa”.
The project has successfully met all
its aims and was able to demonstrate this at the conference.
Additionally, two publications are already in press and another two
papers in preparation. The project can
be considered successful on a number of levels but perhaps the most important
outcome is the empowerment of academic teachers in South Africa to develop
teaching in such a critical area of the undergraduate curriculum. Over the two
days, over sixty delegates attending from a range of institutions all over
South Africa. Feedback from the
delegates was very positive and the conference well received.
The link has involved Dr Nisha Dogra (Senior Lecturer), Dr Mari Lloyd-Williams (former Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care at University of Leicester and now Director of Community Studies at the University of Liverpool), Fiona McPhail (formerly Equal Opportunities at University of Leicester), Sue Cavendish (Educational Advisor to the Postgraduate Office, University of Leicester) and Richard Clark (Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Unit, University of Leicester).
Medunsa and Leicester have benefited from the effective teamwork between academic and academic related staff at the University of Leicester.
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