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The NDWRH Student Committee is a student-led committee comprised of DPhil and MSc by Research students, as well as a representative from the MSc in Clinical Embryology.


The purpose of the committee is to foster a community environment within the student body of the department across all sites and to encourage communication and feedback between students and staff within the department. NDWRH is spread over multiple sites* (see department sites at the bottom of this page) therefore it is particularly important for the students to communicate and get together on a regular basis. The committee therefore aims to have a representative from each site hold a role in the committee. 

The student committee’s president attends termly Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC) meetings within the Medical Sciences Division as well as departmental Studies Committee meetings and Senior Staff meetings. 

The student committee organises social events for DPhil and MRes students throughout the year as well as organising induction/welcome events for new students.The Welfare Reps offer students a peer-based outlet and can provide information on University resources. Where possible these reps will have received Peer Support training and can offer a confidential support network.​



The members of the NDWRH Student Committee act as your representatives for the department. Therefore please get in touch with a member of the committee if you have any questions, issues or suggestions to help make the department the best it can be!


MSc Rachel Belt - DPhil Student & Student Committee President


"I began my DPhil to progress my career in global public health and joined the committee in March to connect more with fellow students and the department. During my time as President, I hope to offer support to students and the department to improve the student research and social experience. I look forward to meeting more of my fellow students as we return to normal social events organized by the Committee."

MSci in Biomedical Sciences Ioana-Wilhelmina Lucinescu - DPhil Student

Ioana Wilhelmina Lucinescu

I am a second year DPhil student interested in identifying genetic risk factors for chronic pain conditions. I hope that by joining the student committee I can help organise social events to help students liaise as the restrictions have ended. I also hope to continue our department's cooperation with other universities by organising mutually beneficial events where students can present and discuss their research.

MSci (Hons) Emily Hyde - DPhil Student & Student Committee Social and Welfare Rep

 Emily Hyde

“I joined NDWRH as a DPhil student in October 2021. As part of my studies, I wanted to get to know my fellow students and explore the social side of being part of Oxford. I think being part of the Student Committee not only enables me to do this, but gives me the ability to help others achieve this goal as well. As Social and Welfare Rep, I aim to support our student body by ensuring there is an active social scene with which to get involved, and ample support from a variety of sources throughout their studies.”

Kate Fowler

Kate Fowler 

MSc Class Representative

My fellow peers in the 2023/24 MSc in Clinical Embryology cohort are from a wide array of backgrounds, ethnicities, clinical, and practical experience. As our student representative I am determined to ensure that each one of us feels comfortable and supported by the course and NDWRH staff, so that each of us may get the most out of this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to liasing with the Committee, learning from others in the field, and being a voice for my classmates.



* Our students are based at a number of department sites including: The Women’s Centre, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (both at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford) and the Institute of Reproductive Sciences (IRS), Oxford Business Park. See more here.