Responsible Electives seeks to develop the evidence base upon which more ‘fair trade’ electives can be based. Some but not all of this work has been based on the sites we partner with and often in conjunction with BMSc Global Health student projects. We are interested in furthering this work through collaborative work with like-minded colleagues.


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