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It’s a very rewarding experience taking part in NDS outreach events. You have the opportunity to share your clinical and science related experiences with the public whilst also aiming to inspire the next generation. You represent the department and have the opportunity to showcase any new ideas and innovations you or your team may be working on.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact the simpler the explanation and presentation of complex ideas the better, for example the banana suturing activity, which was created by NDS Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Emma Morris. It’s amazing how popular this activity is and I already have a few ideas on how we can change this up a bit for the next event.

For those of NDS who feel a bit reluctant to take part, you can offer as little or as much of your time as you are able. It is tiring which is why we need as many people as possible to offer their time. This would make a massive difference to the core outreach team and also mix things up a bit with our activities.   

We run activities at festivals and in primary schools to name but a few. This can be either in the week or at a weekend, but there is usually plenty of notice to organise and plan. It is also a great way to network with other colleagues in the department, especially those who you wouldn’t normally meet or have the opportunity to work with in your day-to-day role.

IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2019

NDS recently took part in the IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival. We ran our hands-on activities at the Westgate Shopping Centre and in the Oxford Town Hall. One thing that stood out for me was a little four year old boy with his mum who had been in hospital the previous year with a neurological condition (she was talking to me whilst she was helping him to sew a banana). They had visited Dr Alastair Lamb’s ‘robot’ machine and she said she got quite emotional that he had been working the machine all on his very own... and competently. I think she was surprised at how capable he was, as his condition was clearly going to be ongoing. So who knows what this could inspire this chap to do in the future…?!

To find out more about past and upcoming outreach events supported by NDS, please visit the NDS Public Engagement webpages. Please contact myself or Louise King for further information about how you can get involved.

Blog posts

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.

“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.