Undergraduate Healthcare Science Admissions: Ensuring Inclusivity in the Interview Process
Joe Purden Lecturer – Medical Physics Technology
College of Human and Health Sciences
Sara Davies, Charlie Earle, Alex Perkins
Aims: To produce an infographic that can be used as a tool to aid in the decision-making process when designing interviews for Healthcare Science, or other professional courses. It aims to inform the reader of which interview style is most inclusive for a wide range of applicants, as well as highlighting some limitations of each style. This allows the interviewer to be cognisant of situations in which their approach to admission may not be suitable for an applicant’s needs. We also aim to use this tool to identify areas which need improvement, which through innovation and development, we can adjust for a more inclusive approach to admissions. It is hoped that this infographic will have a positive impact on application and admissions numbers for the Healthcare Sciences by allowing all students the opportunity to perform well at the interview stage.
How this sits within the conference theme: Engaging with the wide range of applicants that we receive to the Healthcare Science courses can only be successful if we adopt inclusive admissions process, that allow all applicants an equitable chance to study on the programmes. This piece of work is a demonstration of inclusive interview processes within the Department of Interprofessional Studies, which has culminated in a change of practice. We have been innovative in developing different methods of interviewing for these professional programmes, some examples of which will be included on the poster.
Session format: Infographic – displayed in the form of a poster. Printed hand-outs containing examples of inclusive practice will be available.
Lead author and details of any other contributors:
Joe Purden (J.M.C.Purden@Swansea.ac.uk)
Sara Davies (S.L.B.Davies@Swansea.ac.uk)
Charlie Earle (C.L.Earle@Swansea.ac.uk)
Alex Perkins (A.Perkins@swansea.ac.uk)
Keywords: admissions, interviews, inclusivity, implicit bias, standardisation
This poster will be displayed as an infographic, which flows from an introduction of inclusive practice theory, through to good practice in Swansea University and continuing on to improvements that can and have been made.
admissions, interviews, inclusivity, implicit bias, standardisation
Methods for inclusive admissions processes for a wide range of courses, as well as materials that can increase inclusivity