welfare & diversity



Welcome to the LMSS Welfare and Diversity page. Here you’ll find information on the Welfare team, what they do and access to resources and contacts.

  • Moving to a new city can be difficult, let alone beginning your medical school studies. This is where our Welfare and Diversity team comes in.
  • We are here to ensure both younger and older students feel supported throughout their time in medical school. Ranging from organising a mentoring scheme, anonymous agony aunt sections in our magazine, Sphincter, and arranging fun events throughout the year.
  • Our aim every year is to ensure the medical student body has the best time over the 5 years in Liverpool. It’s a tough course, but there are many friendly faces about to help anyone in need! Of course, we don’t always have all the answers, and in that case, we will be able to guide you toward staff in the Medical School.
  • If you have any questions, queries or suggestions for how we could improve, feel free to contact us at welfare@lmssonline.com

meet the welfare & diversity team

Welfare and Diversity Representative 2022/23: Laura Tipple

Hey everyone, I’m Laura, and I’m the Welfare and Diversity Rep for 22/23.

A little bit about me: I’m going into 4th year (which feels pretty mad?!) after intercalating in Manchester, and I’m pretty excited to be back in Liverpool and be a part of the committee this year! My role as the welfare and diversity rep is to help you feel as welcome as possible and be a friendly face for advice or help at any time. Med school can be tricky sometimes, so I’m here for a chat/walk/cafe trip any time. I’ll also be organising the mentoring scheme, so pairing up a first-year with a second-year mentor to help you settle in. I’ll be working with the rest of the diversity team (Toby, Karina, and Bryony) throughout the year to work more towards making everyone feel as included and represented as possible!

Feel free to drop me a message at welfare@lmssonline.co.uk :)
Pronouns: She/Her

Ethnic Minorities Representative 2022/23: Karina Gurung
Hey everyone, I'm Soha and I'm very excited to be your BAME rep 21/22 !! I have lots of new ideas to make the LMSS a safe, inclusive and approachable society for EVERY INDIVIDUAL to enjoy :) I'll be going into my fifth year so if you have any questions at all (even if its completely unrelated) please don't hesitate to drop me an email !
I hope you love this city as much as I do (possible bias as I'm a huge Liverpool fc fan) & I look forward to meeting you all xxx

Email: bame@lmssonline.co.uk
Pronouns: She/Her

LGBTQ Representative 2022/23: Toby Slack

Hi, my name is Toby, I identify as a non-binary gay man, and I am in 3rd year (going into 4th year September 2022!)

I am your LGBTQ+ Rep for 2022/23. I am an active member of the Queer Medics Society and the Medics Against Discrimination Society, as well as the LMSS and I would love to work hard to make sure the society and wider medical school becomes more inclusive and accepting of people from all backgrounds.

Email: lgbtq@lmssonline.co.uk
Pronouns: He/They

Women’s Representative 2022/23: Bryony Rodgers

Hello everyone, I am Bryony! A bit about me: I am going into my 6th year at medical school; an old granny at heart, I enjoy cycling and hiking (anything outside), and I am a big foodie. I'm super excited to get involved with the LMSS committee this year!

In my role this year, I want to promote and challenge the stigma associated with female doctors accessing and succeeding in historically male-dominated specialities. I want to organise events where we hear from such inspirational doctors about their challenges and how they overcome them! I want to ensure everyone feels included and safe within the society. I am a friendly face, always here for a chat if needed :)

Email: women@lmssonline.co.uk
​​​​​​Pronouns: She/Her


  • When our first years arrive at Liverpool, they will be paired up with a second-year student to help them settle in and answer any questions or worries.
  • Mentors and mentees can get to know each other at our Mentor-Mentee night, and through other events the LMSS hosts throughout the year.
  • Second-year mentors are around to show new students around campus, i.e. where lectures are held as well as being a helping hand in revision season.
  • Mentoring doesn’t just end after your first year! LMSS mentors will be around throughout each student’s years in medical school.


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reporting concerns directly to the medical school

As a Student Doctor, you may encounter a situation which causes you concern. This may be regarding yourself, another student, a patient or a staff member. You may be unsure of how and if to raise these concerns. The Medical School has a dedicated section on the Student Intranet for us to report concerns. Access it here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/medicine-student/support/alert/

Concerns raised could include those regarding patient safety, student safety, discrimination, harassment, undermining, bullying and urgent placement concerns (this list is not exhaustive and contains an option for “other” concerns).

If you need help completing the form, please speak to us, and we will do our best to help.


Charlotte and Toby, previous House Secretaries, produced a cookbook that brings together recipes from students throughout the Medical School. Created in conjunction with the LMSS Food Instagram page ‘@lmss.food’, they could share food with the society after COVID prevented them from providing the usual home-cooked food to big LMSS events.

Hover over the front cover to download and get cooking!