Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences recently announced the winners of its drawing competition for Year 6 pupils from local primary schools in Headington, Oxford.

The winning drawing by Kyann from St Nicholas' Primary School

The aim of the competition was to help children, teachers and parents think about what science and surgery mean to them in order to promote and develop an interest in science among younger children.

The overall winner was Kyann from St Nicholas' Primary School, who won an individual prize of a skeleton with removable organs and an additional prize of an educational anatomy model for the school.

The winner from St Michael's CE Primary School was Anees and the joint runners-up were Hajra from St Nicholas' and Aaron from St Michael's.

Drawing competition - what science and surgery mean to me© NDS

The winners were announed over assembly at the schools to the surprise and delight of the children.

Katharine Helkin, the Year 6 teacher from St Michael's CE Primary School, commented: 'Anees was over-the-moon. You chose a boy who does not often win competitions or come 1st place, so it was really special that he won. He also loved the prize.'

Some of the beautiful illustrations were displayed on the NDS stand at the Oxfordshire Science Festival on Saturday 25 June in Oxford city centre (Broad Street).

Emma Morris, who is a researcher in bone oncology and the Public Engagement Coordinator for the department, commented: ‘We were impressed by the standard of the art work, and there was such a wonderful array of entries showing how science is related to surgery. The message about how scientific work improves surgical practice, which in turn makes a huge difference to people’s lives, was depicted very well in the winning drawings’.


Hajra's drawing:

Drawing competition - what science and surgery mean to me© NDS 

Aaron's drawing:

Drawing competition - what science and surgery mean to me© NDS

Similar stories

Inspiring curious minds at IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) were excited to once again be part of IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival.

ORCRB Open Doors 2022

On Saturday 10 September 2022 from 12.30 to 4pm, the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) will open to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors scheme.

Work experience programme a success at NDS

Students from across Oxfordshire and beyond spent a week in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) this summer being introduced to our cutting-edge research and the different career paths in science and medicine.

Blog posts

Staff Census: We need you!

All Medical Sciences staff are invited to log into HR self-service and ensure their contact, diversity background and disability details are up to date. Between 6% and 27% of staff in the Division are missing their diversity data which makes it difficult to complete statutory reporting, understand or track our population changes and to plan actions around staff diversity and equality – make sure your data is complete today!

Oxford MedSci goes silver: 10 Years of Athena SWAN

The Medical Sciences Division is celebrating 10 years since its first Athena Swan bronze application, and the first year in which all 16 of its departments have achieved a silver award. The silver award recognises commitment to gender equality, understanding culture and context, and more. Read about our department’s hard work and innovation.

Lights, camera, action! My journey into video production

Dr Hannah McGivern provides a 'behind-the-scenes' account of her experience producing the video 'Journey of a QUOD Sample: Donating to Transplant Research', supported by the funds from the University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research (PER) Seed Fund.