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Want to Have an Impact on Health While at University in the UK? Then get involved!

Medsin is a UK registered charity and network of student volunteers dedicated to reducing health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. We have branches at more than 30 UK universities, and support 11 national student groups who work on specific aspects of health inequity, such as sex education in schools, the impact of climate change on health, and projects supporting asylum seekers or the homeless. Impact is key!

We have an exciting year ahead planned, and we want you to be part of the team! Click on the video below to meet the new National Committee, and then read on to find out about opportunities  for students including:

  • National roles
  • Joining a National Working Group
  • Becoming a Medsin Trainer

We’re also looking for new Trustees: Experienced professionals from any background, but especially if you have experience in HR, finance/accountancy or law! Contact to find out more.

Apply for a national role

There are four roles up for grabs: Policy and Advocacy Director and Alumni Director, plus Regional Coordinators for the Midlands and South East!

Working with the National Committee gives you the opportunity to support and represent the network, steer the direction of Medsin and work with a fantastic team of like-minded people. Read more and apply below. The deadline for all applications is midnight on Friday 30th August:

Join a National Working Group!

National Working Groups are teams that work on either on a specific area of global health, or an operational area within Medsin, to deliver projects that enact tangible change within Medsin, and in the wider world. There are opportunities for students of all subjects, universities and backgrounds to get involved. No background knowledge is required! NWGs are a shared learning experience, which aim to capture the enthusiasm, skills and knowledge of individuals from across the country.

Operational areas include Global Health Education, Policy & Advocacy, Fundraising, Diversifying and Comms. We have active topic-specific NWGs in Ethical Procurement for Health, Global Surgery, Maternal & Child Health, the NHS, Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Post-2015 Agenda. These groups write academic publications, run campaigns, produce guidance and policy and advocate for change in their area.

Click here to read more about the groups, and apply to join!

Become a Medsin Trainer

Watch out for TNT this Autumn! Training New Trainers (TNT) is an internationally recognised course accredited by the IFMSA. TNT offers Medsin members an opportunity to develop and build on a wide variety of transferable skills from leadership, group facilitation, public speaking and many more!

The course will take place in London between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th October, with graduation training 19th-20th October in Oxford. There are only 16 spaces available, so apply now! You can read more and apply here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 15th September.

If you have any questions about TNT or Medsin training, please contact

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