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The welcome event is a part of the induction for Oxford-MRC DTP students. It provides useful information about the DTP and an opportunity to network with peers, steering group members and with previous partnership cohorts.

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2017 Welcome Event

The Oxford-MRC DTP 2017 Welcome Event took place on Thursday 9th November 2017 in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre. 

Director of the Oxford-MRC DTP (Prof. Marella de Bruijn) opened the welcome event providing an introduction to the MRC DTP, as well as useful advice about completing a DPhil and outlining the skills training that is available to DTP students.

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Then, Ryan Cawood (CEO of Oxford Genetics) delivered a talk titled Entrepreneurial Careers exploring his journey from completing his DPhil at Oxford to raising a £7.5m investment for his company, Oxford Genetics. His inspirational presentation was followed by talks from four current MRC DTP students (Dylan Sheerin, Paediatrics, Stephen McCall, NDPH, Aneka Sowman, NDORMS and Ondrej Zika, NDCN) and Christina Rode (RDM) who recently completed her studies. They shared with the audience information on how they used their MRC supplementary funding to support and develop their research, highlighting the different ways the funding can be used and providing guidance on how to manage a project.

The welcome event closed with a networking opportunity during the drinks and canapé’s reception.


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