Professor Derek Gallen

Riya George is a Reader/Associate Professor in Clinical Communication Skills and Diversity Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary’s University of London (QMUL). Riya has extensive and varied experience in providing strategic direction in the development and implementation of diversity initiatives in a range of health educational settings. Riya has several senior, active roles within the General Medical Council’s, Medical Schools Council and Health Education England Equality and Diversity Committees. Riya’s PhD explored how to support curriculum development and evaluation of diversity education in healthcare educational institutions and involved collaborations with eight healthcare organisations. Prior to embarking towards a PhD, Riya successfully completed a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology. This experience coupled with working in a variety of mental-health and palliative care settings spurred her to achieve a Masters in Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Riya has a wide range of teaching experience in clinical communication and diversity across the undergraduate medical curriculum in four leading UK medical institutions. Whilst working towards her PhD at the University of Leicester, Riya achieved multiple awards including the Teaching Partnership Award and The Leicester Award. Riya has also received multiple prestigious awards outside the University of Leicester for her research and for the development of innovative teaching material in diversity education, including the Excellence in Education Award (QMUL), being a ASME Finalist for the Best Original Research Paper and her research was nominated to be presented at the Parliamentary House of Commons STEM 2017, achieving her the Silver Award for Biomedical Sciences and was featured on the BBC. Riya is also a Board of Director (Lead for Equality and Diversity) for the Association of the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and a National Committee Board Member, serving as Secretary for over four years for the national working group, DIMAH (Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare).

Riya continues to be inspired by diversity and clinical communication issues in healthcare and is passionate in promoting quality and excellence of teaching in medical education.