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On 25 February, an outreach event was held at St Edward’s School in Oxford for sixth form pupils aged 16 to 18 who are considering a career in surgical sciences.

Careers in science event held to inspire sixth form pupils
From L-R: Dr Clare Verrill, Mrs Gemma Marsden, Ms Pankaj Gupta Roy and Ms Jane Niederer

Five inspirational women – Mrs Gemma Marsden (Ethics Lead for the Biobank), Dr Lisa Browning (Consultant Pathologist) and Ms Pankaj Gupta Roy (Consultant Breast Surgeon) from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, along with Dr Clare Verrill (Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pathology) and Ms Jane Niederer (Lead Research Nurse) from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences – shared their stories and experiences of working in science.

‘The event was fantastic’, said Ms Niederer. ‘The pupils’ feedback was really positive. They thoroughly enjoyed the real stories of women working in science and enjoyed engaging in person with such great role models. The questions were intelligent and lively. I think we all found it inspirational.’

The event was organised by the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences with the help of James Vaughan-Fowler, the Head of Careers at St Edward’s School. As the evening was such a success, St Edward’s will host an interschool event in the future in which a larger group of local comprehensive and private schools will be invited.