Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 49
The charity, which works to create
opportunities for vulnerable young
people, has already established a
Women In Business network and
PULSE, an LGBT+ network.
Words: Trish Lesslie. Photography: Shutterstock
A recent survey of the music industry
found BAME representation is 15.6%,
higher than the figure for the UK
population as a whole (12.8%). The
survey, carried out by UK Music's
Diversity Taskforce, also found that
27.5% of new starters are BAME.
"It seems we have reached a
moment where the need to improve
the diversity of our industry is
being matched by a desire by all the
interested parties to put initiatives
in place that will make a significant
difference," says Keith Harris,
chairman of UK Music's Diversity
Taskforce. "I am optimistic that
over the coming few years we will
see a significant improvement."
Despite efforts to increase gender
parity and ethnic diversity among
UK doctors, the lack of people from a
wide range of economic backgrounds
entering the profession is still a reality.
To try to broaden the range of people
choosing a career in medicine, all
UK medical schools are required to
offer some kind of outreach scheme.
These include summer schools for
secondary school students that assist
with medical school applications
and gaining work experience, to
primary school outreach that seeks
to inspire children at a young age.
Universities such as King's College
London offer a six-year extended
medical degree programme, with
dedicated places for students from
disadvantaged backgrounds. The
course uses additional information,
such as school performance data
and socio-economic markers, to
provide context for individual
applicants' entry and provides extra
support by spreading the first year
of medical school across two years.
King's College's six-year extended
medical degree programme MBBS
is specifically designed for students
who are studying A-levels or access
to medicine at non-selective state
schools in greater London or who are
participants of Realising Opportunities
across England. The programme offers
a more graduated introduction to
medical study than the five-year MBBS
programme and provides greater
academic and pastoral support.
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