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Academic Administration

Surgical Course Administrator: Lucy Tipping Ext 21278

Assistant Surgical Course Administrator/PA: Jackie Heap Ext 21278

Clinical Administration

Clinical Secretary (Vascular Unit) : Sarah Butler Ext 21284 


  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland 
  • British Transplantation Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education

Ashok Handa


Director of Surgical Education

  • Associate Professor in Surgery
  • Consultant Vascular Surgeon
  • Training Programme Director (Vascular Surgery)
  • Tutor for Graduates (St. Catherine's College)

As the Clinical Tutor in Surgery I am responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the surgical courses for the University of Oxford.

As part of this role I chair the Surgical Teaching Committee and organise the 4th year assessments for the University as well as the Final BM assessments. I contribute to the teaching strategy of the Division of Medicine as member and past Chair of the General Tutors Group and as a member of the Clinical Education Committee and was appointed as Associate Director of Clinical Studies due to my contribution to the Oxford course development over the last 12 years.

I was instrumental in the successful introduction of OSCE’s as part of the 4th year assessments for the Medical school and the introduction of multi-professional training in the surgical curriculum. I have undertaken two reviews of the surgical curriculum and completed the Diploma Course in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in the University of Oxford. I have put in place a formal system of faculty development for teachers, undertaken a review of our assessment strategy and been instrumental in the development of the 2nd BM examinations.  I helped set up the Hugh Cairns Surgical careers society for medical students eleven years ago.