Inside the Fellowship election

In June 2017 the Academy of Medical Science will admit up to 48 new Fellows, representing the brightest and best of UK medical science. By September 2016, the closing date for nominations, the Academy had received 121 new candidates.

Fellows are at the heart of everything we do; without the expertise and experience of the Fellowship, the Academy would not be able to play the essential role it does in representing the medical sciences.

In the latest instalment of the Academy's Perspectives, our current President, Sir Robert Lechler, gives a brief introduction to how the Academy's Fellowship election works and highlights where we are in this year's process.

Further information on the Academy’s Fellowship election is available here.


2017 election information and statistics

Sectional Committee membership

The full list of Sectional Committee members is available here.

26 new members were recruited for the 2017 election cycle. Of these 9 were women (35%).  This brings the total number of women Fellows on the Sectional committees to 31/84 (37%).

Nominations for election to the Fellowship in 2017

Fellows can access a full list of candidates for the 2017 Fellowship election via e-Lect.

The closing date for nominations was Friday 30 September.  In addition to the 260 candidates carried over from last year, there have been 121 new nominations giving a total of 381 candidates.  Of the 260 candidates carried over, nominations were updated for 174.  


Breakdown of all candidates for 2017 by gender, geography and ethnicity

Gender breakdown  - Total figures


280 (73%)


101 (27%)




Gender breakdown  - New nominations


87 (72%)


34 (28%)



The Academy received a record number of new candidates with 121 in total, up from 111 received in 2016 and 120 in 2015. The number of new female candidates is slightly down on last year’s number of 38 but overall women candidates are up to 27% of the candidate pool from 25% last year.

Geographical breakdown



East Anglia


South East




North West




East Midlands


West Midlands


North East


South West




Yorkshire and Humberside


Northern Ireland





Ethnicity (new candidates)

No. of candidates

Asian / Asian British of Any Other Origin

1 (0.8%)

Asian / Asian British of Indian Origin

4 (3%)

Asian / Asian British of Pakistan Origin

1 (0.8%)

White of Any Other Origin

22 (18%)

White of British Origin

82 (68%)

White of Irish Origin

1 (0.8%)

Not given

10 (8%)


The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to encouraging diversity and equality of opportunity in the organisation, practices and work of the Academy. The Academy's current Diversity Champions are Professor Jane Norman FMedSci and Professor Jim Smith FRS FMedSci. Their role is to advise the Academy, and lead on the development of new initiatives. 

In addition the Academy has a new proactive Fellowship committee to support the Academy’s Fellowship elections and to encourage nomination of candidates from all underrepresented areas. The Committee works to ensure that the pool of candidates proposed for election to the Academy is drawn from the breadth of medical science, and is as diverse as possible with regard to gender, ethnicity, age and geography.

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