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Hosting a virtual work experience programme

In this blog post, Dr Hannah McGivern, a Tissue Handling Technician for the Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) initiative at NDS, discusses her involvement in the NDS Virtual Work Experience Programme, and shares how fascinating and rewarding it was to talk with the students about a career in research.

SITU Work Experience 2020

Lucy Paterson (NDS) and Teya Agnese (NDORMS) from the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) describe the fun challenge of delivering an online SITU session to this year's NDS work experience students.

Black Lives Matter

Emily Hotine, NDS Athena SWAN Coordinator, talks about the importance of anti-racism (and why it is not enough to simply say you’re not racist), the power of white privilege, and why we should all be saying, “black lives matter.”

Reflections on gratitude during lockdown

Louise King collates our words of gratitude amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kindness for mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to reflect on kindness. Louise King, NDS Communications and Public Engagement Officer, discusses the role kindness plays in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking advantage of the NDS Staff Training Fund

The NDS Staff Training Fund was set up to support a greater level of external training for NDS staff to equip them with skills they might not otherwise have access to. The fund ensures our department has the best trained staff, allowing us to deliver the best academic, research and support activities. Three members of staff - Gemma Horbatowski, Ashley Raghu and Liset Pengel - talk about their experiences of using the training fund.

Strengthening ties between Oxford and Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, along with colleagues from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group, is developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania. In this blog post, Professor Lakhoo reports on their latest trip, which was part of a continuous ongoing strengthening of ties between the Oxford team and Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania.

Inspiring the next generation of excellent teachers

Professor Ashok Handa was a recipient of a 2019 Lifetime Achievement prize at the annual Medical Sciences Division Teaching Excellence Awards. Here Professor Handa tells us more about the award and the ways in which he has been impacting or hoping to make an impact on his students' lives, as well as surgical teaching in Oxford.

Bullying and Harassment? Not on my watch!

No member of our staff deserves to go home at the end of a day feeling bullied and the responsibility rests with all of us to remain aware of our own impact on others and to be watchful of such behaviours around us. Susan Patchett, NDS Bullying and Harassment Advisor, talks about bullying in the workplace.

1st Annual Brain Matter(s) Event

Professor Newton Howard of NDS is Chair and Founder of the Howard Brain Sciences Foundation (HBSF). Here he writes about HBSF's first annual Brain Matter(s) Event in which Tipu Aziz, NDS Professor of Neurosurgery, was one of the keynote speakers.

Christmas gifts which make a huge difference

NDS was delighted to participate in a Secret Santa Scheme for underprivileged children and young people. Executive Assistant Odette Dawkins writes about the scheme and why it was important for her to give something back to the community.

First Nobel Prize for Oxford Clinical School

Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRCP FRS was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Dr Gregg Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Dr William Kaelin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Centre in Boston.

Why you should get involved in public engagement

Each year, the department participates in a number of organised events that help us engage with and connect with our local, and wider, community. Jo Cook, NDS Clinical Research Coordinator and a member of the NDS Outreach Working Group, explains why taking part in outreach activities is so rewarding.

“You’re too nice to be a surgeon”

Why is Athena SWAN important to NDS? In this new blog series, Athena SWAN Coordinator Emily Hotine discusses different topics around gender equality and shares with us all the wonderful gender related work that is happening within the department and across the University.

Yoga and mental health

During Mental Health Awareness Week, NDS Communications and Public Engagement Officer Louise King reflects on the benefits of yoga.

Sir David Weatherall GBE, FRCP, FRS (1933-2018)

Sir Peter J Morris remembers his good friend and colleague, Sir David Weatherall.

70th birthday of the NHS – some personal recollections

The NHS was created in 1948 based on the principle of healthcare provided free at the point of need, a commitment that is as strong today. Sir Peter J Morris shares some of his experiences and engagement with this much loved institution since his first experience with the NHS in 1961.

#LetsCycleIt – 550 miles, 15 Surgeons, 8 Cities, 1 College

NDS DPhil student Miss Katherine Hurst spearheaded and took part in the first ever Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Travelling Surgical Symposium. Here's what happened on the road...

Blog posts

Hosting a virtual work experience programme

In this blog post, Dr Hannah McGivern, a Tissue Handling Technician for the Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) initiative at NDS, discusses her involvement in the NDS Virtual Work Experience Programme, and shares how fascinating and rewarding it was to talk with the students about a career in research.

SITU Work Experience 2020

Lucy Paterson (NDS) and Teya Agnese (NDORMS) from the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) describe the fun challenge of delivering an online SITU session to this year's NDS work experience students.

Black Lives Matter

Emily Hotine, NDS Athena SWAN Coordinator, talks about the importance of anti-racism (and why it is not enough to simply say you’re not racist), the power of white privilege, and why we should all be saying, “black lives matter.”

Reflections on gratitude during lockdown

Louise King collates our words of gratitude amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kindness for mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to reflect on kindness. Louise King, NDS Communications and Public Engagement Officer, discusses the role kindness plays in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.