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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!



Abigail Takyi


"In the words of An Inspector Calls, “We do not live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other”. This is ever so true in a pandemic. It's important to connect, be heard and have a supportive community. As president I aim to effectively represent and advocate for students by making sure their views are heard at board meetings. I'm excited to work alongside my committee to harness new ideas and technology to make our time as post graduate students as fulfilling as possible."

Josephine Agyeman-Duah


Josephine Agyeman-Duah 


"Serving on the PGR committee is a great way to represent students’ interests and work directly with management in promoting students' welfare and wellbeing. I love to organise networking, professional and outreach opportunities in a fun way to enrich students’ experience during their studies at Oxford. For me that is a fulfilling experience!"


Emily Mazey


"I joined the PGR student committee as a social rep so that I could be involved in creating a fun and supportive environment for all of the students within the department. We aim to hold events throughout the year that encourage an interactive community and support the wellbeing of fellow students".


Ana Kisovar


"My name is Ana and I am a medical doctor from Slovenia.
I have started my postgraduate course in Women's and Reproductive Health at
NDWRH in October 2020. Despite being strongly dedicated to my research project,
I feel the need for connecting students from our department on a more personal
level. By organizing social events and improving the general well-being of my
colleagues, I see my role as a vital part of maintaining a pleasant and
supportive working environment. I am looking forward to mastering my networking
skills with all of you soon".

Sally Galal

Sally Galal


"As DPhil students, we are sometimes exposed to different types of stress and we are not quite sure how to face this stress in a healthy way. The University of Oxford is well known to put the mental health and the well-being of students as a priority. In our committee, we are keen on giving all our colleagues the support they might need, share our experiences and provide some guidance. We are also keen on keep on reminding ourselves how mental health is a priority and our well-being is mandatory. We try to do some activities like yoga, meditation and coffee morning. We also have our buddies-system to be there for each other. We are always looking forward to hearing any suggestions and always there for you".




* 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.