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Equal opportunities

Selection is bound by the University’s Policy on Equality and Diversity.

Cardiff University aims to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff, students and other stakeholders in the University's community and enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University. It also aims to ensure that no prospective or current student is treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, gender, ethnic origin, religion/ belief, sexual orientation or disability.

The University is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity for all staff and students and to providing an environment where respect is shown to all and where individual employees and students are valued and supported in achieving their full potential. The University believes that an inclusive approach benefits all and enables everyone to contribute appropriately to our society.

The University aims to ensure equality of opportunity for all applicants whose applications have met the closing date of 15 October 2014 and to create conditions whereby students are considered solely on the basis of their academic achievement, ability and potential. It acknowledges the need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently under-represented. Applications from disabled people are welcomed but disabled applicants are strongly advised to contact the Admissions Officer for guidance prior to submitting an application and to declare the details on their application form. Decision-making on fitness to practice is entirely separate from the academic and non-academic selection process.

In considering applications from disabled individuals the School will follow the advisory guidelines "Gateways to the Professions" published by the General Medical Council. While a disability need not be a bar to becoming a doctor, the School has a responsibility to make sure that every applicant can achieve the core competencies of the course and fulfil the demands of professional practice as a newly qualified doctor. These include the ability to communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively, to undertake full physical examination of patients, and to perform certain practical skills. There is also an obligation on applicants to ensure they do not proceed into a career for which they may not be suited.

Applicants who are invited for interview will be sent an "Interview Special Requirements form" which they will be required to complete and return in advance of their interview date, this is to allow Admissions to provide the necessary support as required. Applicants receiving an offer will be contacted by the University’s Disability Support Service to discuss support that may be required during the course.

Diversity of background among Cardiff's medical students is encouraged and all selection decisions are made strictly on the basis of merit and on the applicant’s ability to meet the academic and non-academic criteria described in this document.

As part of its widening access agenda, Cardiff University's School of Medicine will continue with its use of contextual data. This will assess the achievement of a candidate in the context of opportunity related to a candidate's education and socioeconomic background.

Selection for a medical qualification implies selection for the medical profession and all applicants must have the potential to fulfil the duties of a medical student and subsequently of a doctor as outlined by the General Medical Council  (GMC) in their guidance documents ‘Medical Students: Professional Behaviour and Fitness to Practise" and ‘Good Medical Practice' (General Medical Council). The responsibility for decisions regarding registration is however that of the General Medical Council.

The School of Medicine monitors carefully, and on a regular basis, the selection process to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged in any way. People involved with admissions are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, are aware of the University’s policies on Equality and Diversity, the relevant legislation and receive appropriate training in these areas.