The RDM Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the RDM Newsletter.
I would like to start by welcoming all our new DPhil students to the department. I hope that you enjoy your time here in Oxford. The University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic careers and we wish you every success – at both an academic and personal level.
We have had a number of outstanding achievements over the last few months. In particular, I would like to congratulate the 2017 Graduate Prize Winners: Christopher Booth, Evangelos Oikonomou and Marieke Oudelaar. You can read more about their successes in this newsletter.
Congratulations are also due to our new Full and Associate Professors and University Research Lecturers in the department. These new titles recognise the substantial research achievements of these scientists, as well as their teaching and ‘good citizenship’ both within RDM and beyond.
I would also like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to Oxford Medical Sciences being ranked at the top of the Times Higher Education discipline-specific tables (in clinical, pre-clinical and health studies) for the eight consecutive year: this would not have been possible without the contribution of our researchers, students and administrative and support staff.
This year also marks the retirement of two our long-serving staff members, who have really helped shape the divisions they work within. I and Prof Stefan Neubauer write about them in more detail further in the newsletter. We owe both Phil Townsend and Jane Francis many thanks for their hard work.
Please get in touch with Dr Charvy Narain if you have any news you would like to share with the department – from fundraising and athletic feats to poster prizes and awards, we want to hear your stories.
Finally, I wish you all a wonderful break over the festive season.
With best wishes,
Hugh Watkins, Head of Department