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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.

2017 MRC Welcome Event 1


2020 Oxford-MRC DTP  Welcome Event

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th Sep 2020

Online via Microsoft Teams


Event schedule



Tuesday 29th Sep 2020



Welcome to the DTP from the Director

Ester Hammond - Director of the Oxford-MRC DTP

Introductions and welcome to the start of your DPhil journey


Getting the most out of your studentship

Chris Higham (Graduate School Officer) and Aga Bush (Graduate School Support Officer)

A practical guide - What do the acronyms mean and how to access opportunities

 11:30 Student led Q&A session/coffee


Student spotlight - Magda Mareckova

3rd year DPhil student based in Nuffield Dept of Women's and Reproductive Health (NWRH)

 12:00 Lunch (45 minutes)


How to form a good working relationship with your supervisor

Afsie Sabokbar - MSD Skills Training Director


Student spotlight - Helena Meyer-Berg

4th year DPhil student based in Radcliffe Dept of Medicine (RDM)


How to manage your time

Tracy Bye - Scientific teaching fellow, Dept of Oncology


Student spotlight - Jan Boehning 

3rd year DPhil student based in Sir William Dunn School of Pathology


Securing an Internship as a DPhil student

Fiona Whitehouse - Head of Internship Office, Careers Service, Oxford

 14:45 Questions - Q&A with Ester, Rob Gilbert (Graduate School Director) and Afsie on anything arising from the day




 Wednesday 30th Sep 2020




Welcome to day 2 - Ester Hammond

Student spotlight - Louisa Zolkiewski

3rd year DPhil student based in Dept of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics (DPAG)


Why should we all care about reproducibility?

Sam Parsons - Centre for open Science Ambassador, co-organiser of ReproducibiliTea journal club


Student spotlight - Amy Southern

3rd year DPhil student based in Department of Biochemistry


Student-led discussion time (new and current students only)

Hosts - Ben Amies-Cull and Letitia Harris

“What do you want to get out of your DTP funded studentship?”


Lunch (75 min)


Resources available in Oxford to support well-being

Tim Knowlson - University of Oxford Peer Support Programme Manager


Student spotlight - Katie Mellor

2nd year DPhil student based in Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)


Mindfulness - Mary Kempnich

Soon to be finished DPhil student in Dept of Experimental Psychology


Sleep and how to look after it

Dr Dimitri Gavriloff - Clinical Course Tutor in Sleep Medicine


 Close - Ester Hammond



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