Introducing our first Fellowship Scheme

11 October 2021

Dr Katerina Kolyva, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Deans of Health

I am  delighted to announce the Council’s first ever Fellowship Scheme, which forms part of our Council 2025 #CoDHStrategy, is key to our work on inclusion and is linked to our November campaign #RaceEquityMonth. With inclusion being one of the Council’s core values, we want to encourage healthy debate and champion underrepresented voices across our sector and leadership.

When we published our latest academic staffing census in January 2020, we were clear that more work needed to be done to address issues with inclusion in healthcare academia. We noted disparities in certain demographics in our sector, with a particular focus on gender and ethnicity. Following a call to action, the Council’s Anti-Racism advisory group developed the idea of the Fellowship scheme for academics from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the Council’s leadership. I would like to take the opportunity here to thank all the members of this group and Charmagne Barnes for her chairing and leadership.

We are committed to:

  • Increasing diversity and inclusion within the healthcare academic sector and within Council membership, strengthening the Council’s voice in supporting underrepresented groups.
  • Encourage, promote, and support succession planning to senior academic and strategic roles within healthcare faculties.
  • Strengthen diversity and inclusion at the Council’s Trustee Board.

With applications opening on 1 November 2021, the Scheme will include a year long programme of activities and events for a limited number of fellows. If you are pursuing a career in healthcare academia and are a part of an underrepresented group, we encourage you to apply. Those who are awarded a place are not just privy to exclusive access to Council member resources. You will also benefit from one to one mentorship with a Council Member, which will align with your career aspirations and goals and a series of targeted development opportunities to learn more about the sector’s policy context, leadership in healthcare academia and debate issues around inclusion.

Register your interest here to be notified once applications open.

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