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We take pride in our student's success. On this page you can explore some of the impressive work they carry out & the departmental activities we organise to foster an inclusive and engaged research community.

thomas willis day

Each year in the spring we organise a half-day gathering for the entire department, during which current students present their research; you can find past news items reporting on the day via the 'search' function on the website (here, for example, is the 2021 write-up for our online event with a 'three-minute thesis' competition). Prizes are awarded. Before the pandemic, we would have a poster presentation competition, with prizes available for the best poster in each year. You can find some recent examples of prize-winning posters below:

Should you require accessible versions of these posters, please contact graduate@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

(Poster credit: Laurel Chandler, then DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences, winning the prize for 2nd year DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences students at Thomas Willis Day 2019)

Should you require accessible versions of these posters, please contact graduate@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

(Poster credit: Steven Middleton, then DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences, winning the prize for 4th year DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences students at Thomas Willis Day 2019)

Image of two students discussing a research poster at Thomas Willis Day 2019

public engagement and outreach

We regularly have students at all stages of their graduate trajectories volunteer to be public engagement ambassadors for the Department, alongside more established researchers. These ambassadors follow a training programme which introduces them to the concept of public engagement with research, and equips them with skills in public speaking, narrative, generating ideas for activities, and communicating about animal research, among other things. They also commit to taking part in at least one public engagement activity. Find out more about the Department's public engagement activity and meet our current ambassadors.