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Colourful logo with a sun made of rainbow colors and words: medical science pride month 2024

 A programme of talks and social events to celebrate Pride in Headington and Oxford



This year, for the very first time, the Medical Sciences Division is hosting a series of events to celebrate Pride throughout June. Join staff and students from the Division and beyond, as well as friends from the two Oxford NHS trusts, for a lively and exciting programme of talks and social events on LGBTQ+ themes.

Pride is a time for people of all sexual and gender minorities to celebrate their lives, their communities, and their hard-won rights and freedoms. Whether we are members of the community or proud allies, Pride reminds us to do our part in supporting the many LGBTQ+ people who still face struggles today, here in the UK and around the world.


 Events programme

Oxford Pride Parade

Saturday 8 June from 09:45 in Radcliffe Square, OX1 3BG

Join MSD LGBTQ+ folk and allies for the annual parade through Oxford city centre, beginning promptly at 10:30 and ending at around 11:30 in the Castle Quarter. After the march, visit the University’s stall in the Pride Marketplace for goodies and a chat, and take part in other exciting Oxford Pride events.

You don’t need to register for this event; just meet up with your colleagues from 09:45 on Saturday morning. They’ll be outside the main All Souls gates in Radcliffe Square, with University and MSD signs.

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Talk: LGBTQ+ healthcare

Tuesday 11 June, 11:00–12:00 in the Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Have you ever found yourself wondering, ‘What are medical students taught about LGBTQ+ issues?’ If so, this talk might be for you. Jack Amiry (he/they) provides a taster of a lecture they usually deliver to medical students (as well as senior healthcare professionals). They will also discuss their own experiences of being an openly gender-diverse doctor practising in the NHS.

This event will be held both online and in-person in the Richard Doll Lecture theatre.

Register for the LGBTQ+ Healthcare talk.


Talk: Safety and inclusivity in blood donation

Wednesday 12 June, 12:00–13:00, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) Seminar Room, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, OX3 9DS

In 2021, a landmark policy change in blood donation happened in the UK, making the donation process more inclusive to gay and bisexual men. In this talk, Katy Davison (UK Health Security Agency, NHS Blood and Transplant) will tell us about the scientific evidence which led to the change, and Jaid Debrah (PhD student, Radcliffe Department of Medicine) will share the work on monitoring the outcome of the policy changes.

Register for the Safety and Inclusivity in Blood Donation talk.


Social in South Park

Wednesday 19 June from 15:30, South Park near the Morell Avenue entrance, what3words: herds.clap.dates

Weather permitting, an afternoon of chat, snacks, and an optional game or two of rounders! We will be joined in South Park by friends from the two Oxford NHS Trusts. Later on, head over to The Library pub for a drink.

You don’t need to register for this event; just come to South Park from 15:30 and find the folks with the rainbow flags.


Talk: LGBTQ+ fertility treatment options

Thursday 20 June, 15:30–16:30, Oncology Seminar Room, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington, OX3 7DQ

Stacey Rohling is the Donation and Surrogacy Nurse Lead at The Fertility Partnership (TFP) Oxford Fertility. She is a dual-trained nurse and midwife and has worked in women’s health and fertility for eighteen years. She will be speaking about how to navigate fertility treatment and self-advocate as an LGBTQ+ person. Topics will include shared motherhood and reciprocal in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg sharing, and donor conception.

Register for the LGBTQ+ Fertility Treatment Options talk.


Panel discussion: LGBTQ+ health research

Monday 24 June, 14:00–15:00, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) Seminar Room, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, OX3 9DS

Speakers Henry Blest, Shamisdeen Yusuf, and Alex Schutz will share their experiences as members of the LGBTQ+ community who undertake health research.

Register for the LGBTQ+ Health Research panel discussion.


Talk: LGBTQ+ fertility

Wednesday 26 June, 15:30–16:30, Oncology Seminar Room, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington, OX3 7DQ

Dr Pedro Melo is the Subspecialty Registrar in Reproductive Medicine and the NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Register for the LGBTQ+ Fertility talk.


Progress quilting: Pride crafting sessions

Various dates and times – see table below

Come together with your friends and colleagues in Medical Science Division and beyond to create a beautiful community Progress Pride quilt. LGBTQIA+ staff, students, and allies are welcome to attend any of these relaxed, informal local sessions. Decorate your own quilt square using applique, embroidery, stitching, fabric pens, and more. Add your name or initials, your queer icon, a pattern, words of affirmation, a picture, or anything else you can think of to mark the occasion. All the squares will be put together to make one unified quilted artwork, which will then tour the Division throughout the year.

No experience needed! All welcome!

You don’t need to register for this event; just show up at one of the locations, dates and times above and start creating.



Monday 10 June, 12:00–13:00

Department of Psychiatry Staff Cafeteria, Warneford Hospital Campus, OX3 7JX

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Visitors will need to buzz in at reception


Thursday 13 June, 12:00–13:30


Medical Sciences Divisional Office on L3 of the John Radcliffe Hospital (between Belota GPEC café and the Cairns Library)

Visitors will need to ring the bell to gain entry

Monday 17 June, 12:00–14:00


Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) Cafe (Itabashi Medical System (IMS)-Tetsuya Nakamura Building, Old Road Campus, Roosevelt Dr, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7TY)

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All staff, particularly Old Road Campus based are welcome

Visitors will need to sign-in at reception and the cafe space is just behind the reception


Tuesday 18 June, 12:00–14:00

Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7DQ

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All are welcome but visitors will need to sign-in at reception

Wednesday 19th June from 15.30


South Park – as part of the planned social that will be attended by LGBT+ networks of Oxford University, Brookes and the NHS Trust


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All welcome to join

Monday 24th June from



Common Room, Pharmacology Building Mansfield Road OX1 3QT

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All welcome to join


Wednesday 26th June from 12-2pm

Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences (near the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre), Windmill Road, Oxford, OX3 7LD

This is open to members of NDORMS or folk based in these buildings