Staff-Student Partnership: Reforming a UK School of Pharmacy to Promote Racial Inclusion

Authors

  • Adanna Anthony-Okeke University of Nottingham
  • Nicole Baddoo University of Nottingham
  • Helen Boardman University of Nottingham
  • Rhonda Arike Fynn-Famodun University of Nottingham
  • Gautam Paul University of Nottingham
  • Rita George University of Nottingham
  • Anne Osarumen Irorere University of Nottingham
  • Ruth Osoba University of Nottingham
  • Kene’h Oweh University of Nottingham
  • Vanorld Vanderpuye University of Nottingham

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v7i1.1029

Keywords:

BAME, staff-student partnership

Abstract

 

Britain has become more ethnically and culturally diverse (Office for National Statistics, 2018), but it is evident that this change in the demographic has not been fully reflected in education, including our School of Pharmacy. The need for inclusivity and representation is a priority in educating a multi-ethnic group of students to create a sense of belonging for all students and in addressing attainment disparities (Stevenson, 2012). Addressing this in the education of (future) health professionals, including pharmacists, is additionally driven by the need to produce a health workforce that understands health and illness across the UK’s diverse population (Gishen and Lokugamage, 2018). Maintaining a colonial perspective in the curriculum will promote negligence and implicit or explicit bias, potentially costing lives.

This student-led partnership evolved through a group Black 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students determined to address the lack of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) representation within their curriculum, and working with the course directors, commenced the reformation of the formal and informal education in the School of Pharmacy.

 

This Case Study describes the first tangible work from the partnership which evaluated the course materials to determine where improvements could be made.

 

Author Biographies

Adanna Anthony-Okeke, University of Nottingham

Adanna is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy. She is also the 2020/21 Vice President of the university’s Pharmacy Society and the 2020/21 Eastern Area Coordinator of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association.

Nicole Baddoo, University of Nottingham

Nicole is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Helen Boardman, University of Nottingham

Helen is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Course Director for the MPharm Programme.

Rhonda Arike Fynn-Famodun, University of Nottingham

Rhonda is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Gautam Paul, University of Nottingham

Gautam is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist and Deputy Course Director for the MPharm Programme.

Rita George, University of Nottingham

Rita is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

 

Anne Osarumen Irorere, University of Nottingham

Anne is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Ruth Osoba, University of Nottingham

Ruth is a fourth-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

 

Kene’h Oweh, University of Nottingham

Kene’h is a fourth-year MPharm student and Education Representative for the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Vanorld Vanderpuye, University of Nottingham

Vanorld is a third-year MPharm student at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Representative for the University of Nottingham African Caribbean Medical Network.

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Published

2021-05-12