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Pharmacy Schools Council Pledges Greater BAME Support

The Pharmacy Schools Council (PSC), the representative body for schools of pharmacy in the UK, has said it is committed to providing greater support for black and minority ethnic students and colleagues.

A range of measures designed to address inequality, from BAME representation on committees and policy groups to more targeted support for students and an examination of teaching practices and materials so the curriculum is informed by the needs of BAME communities, were put forward by PSC.

The pledges included the eradication of “deliberate, intentional racist language or interactions” and “active discouragement and prevention of unconscious bias and micro-aggressions” to prevent students and colleagues feeling isolated and excluded.

The PSC also promised to promote the inclusion of BAME individuals in leadership roles and encourage “open and constructive dialogue” within its institutions.