Keele University’s School of Medicine named best on planet

June 23, 2023

Keele University - David Weatherall building

Keele University’s School of Medicine has been ranked as the top performing medical school globally in the latest Planetary Health Report Card – and first in the UK for the third year running.

The School’s score of 87.9% was the highest across 96 medical schools from 12 countries including the United States, India and Japan.

The Report Card is a student-led initiative, which is designed to encourage medical schools to embed climate change and planetary health into their curriculum.

Keele’s School of Medicine and other participating institutions were assessed and graded across five key indicators: planetary health curriculum, interdisciplinary research in health and the environment, community outreach and advocacy, support for student-led initiatives and campus sustainability.

The School’s performance across all categories resulted in an overall grade of A, its best performance since the initiative launched in 2020.

The University’s commitment to sustainability was recognised, including its renewable energy park and goal to be carbon neutral, with the highest possible A* grade.

The “strong integration” of the effects of pollution and extreme weather and its impact on the pattern of infectious disease, as well as health inequalities, into the medical school’s curriculum was also praised.

Professor Christian Mallen, Dean of the School of Medicine, said: “I’m delighted to see our continued success with the Planetary Health Report Card, particularly as this is a student-led initiative. Sustainability and planetary health run through all we do at Keele and I’m thrilled that we are leading the way in the School of Medicine.”

Lauren Franklin, a fifth-year medical student who led Keele’s submission, said: “Including planetary health and sustainability within the medical school curriculum is vital to prepare future clinicians to treat and manage the health implications of climate change and to work in an NHS aspiring to reach carbon net zero.

“I’m lucky to be studying at an institution where sustainability is prioritised and considered in everything it does.”

The Planetary Health Report Card was founded by medical students and faculty mentors at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine, to track work done by institutions to improve planetary health engagement and to inspire medical schools to focus on the importance of climate change and sustainability in healthcare education.


Original article text from Daily Focus by Nigel Pye

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