Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prize winners

The Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prizes are awarded every year to the students who achieve the highest overall distinction grade on their Master's course. Meet a selection of those students.


Cancer Biology: Cancer Informatics Stream - Magdalena Drożdż

Magdalena Drożdż
What did you most enjoy about your course?
I enjoyed being able to tailor the course to suit my needs and interests. I also liked the intensity of the programme - by conducting two research projects in a relatively short time, I gained invaluable knowledge and set of skills. Besides science, I enjoyed the social life within the course - supportive community, monthly coffee mornings and last but not least - departmental parties. 

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
How approachable everyone is! Whenever I needed help, members of the Faculty were happy to answer my questions or discuss my scientific results. Additionally, being a Course Rep showed me how eager the Faculty and our Course Directors were to listen to students' voice and adjust the course if needed. 

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
It felt amazing! I remember the first day of our course when the organisers mentioned the Dean's Prize - I looked around the room and tried to guess who would be the receiver. I would never think it would be me, especially because I have never done any real bioinformatics before. It was a great cherry on the-most-intense-year-of-my-life cake :) 

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I am currently doing a DPhil in Cancer Informatics in the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Oxford.


Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention - Zhaoyang Wang


Zhaoyang WangWhat did you most enjoy about your course?
The course consists of taught courses, group projects and individual projects. Taught courses really expand my horizons in the medical robotic and imaging fields. Group project and individual project help me improve my research skills.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
The college is very international. I immersed myself in different cultures and made many friends at Imperial College London.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I am deeply pleased and honored to receive this award. Thank you everyone in the Hamlyn Centre who has supported me!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I plan to find a PhD position in the medical imaging field.


Patient Safety - William Gage

William Gage
What did you most enjoy about your course?
My course was highly relevant to my work in safety improvement.  The taught content was both stimulating and stretching, and there was lots of opportunity to explore the relationship between patient safety as an academic discipline and how this translates to continuously improving how staff can be supported to provide the best care and outcomes for patients.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
The facilities that the college offers post-graduate students are superb.  I was lucky enough to be supervised for my dissertation by one of the experts in the field of patient safety, Dr Suzette Woodward.  The calibre of lecturers and speakers was also fantastic and really helped to bring patient safety alive.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
It was totally unexpected, but I am delighted!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I plan to continue in my current role working in the medical director's office as the lead for safety improvement at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Any other comments
I would like to thank the medical director's office at the Trust and Imperial College Health Partners for their sponsorship and support, that has allowed me to undertake my studies at Imperial College.


MRes Cancer Biology - Ritobrata Ghose


Ritobrata GhoseWhat did you most enjoy about your course?
The course is very well structured and offers students ample opportunity to delve deep into the real-world aspects of academic research. I was given a significant amount of freedom by the supervisors of my projects, which really allowed me to explore, innovate and produce novel approaches to tackling some of the impending questions in cancer biology.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
I have been part of the Imperial College family since my BSc. This allows me to really interact with and make the most of the wide collaborative mindset at the university. The Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and more specifically the Department of Surgery and Cancer is very well placed across various campuses to allow for interdisciplinary meetings, interactions and discussions which is a critical source of creativity and novelty in science. This, for me, has been one of the highlights of being at Imperial.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
The Dean's Prize is a great honour because I believe that it represents the calibre that anyone looking to pursue academic research should posses. I feel that receiving this award has assured me that my perception of my capabilities is not a misjudgement, and hence only motivates me to pursue my dream of academic research further.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Currently I am on a break, but soon intend on embarking on a PhD in Cancer Biology, which will allow me to expand my knowledge-base further and delve deeper into a specific subject. Hopefully through novel findings, I will be able to chalk out a subject area for me to pursue as a post-doc and team leader in the future.


Health Policy - Lindsey Mannion

Lindsey Mannion

What did you most enjoy about your course?
The Masters in Health Policy was a fantastic opportunity to hear from a wide range of guest lecturers. As well as the expertise of Imperial staff, we got to learn from think tanks, civil servants, journalists, NHS staff, NGOs and more. Their experiences were fascinating, and gave us insight into the variety offered by a career in health policy, as well as the complexities and challenges of working in this field.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
Imperial College attracts a diverse cohort of students and the university encouraged us to learn from each other. Our course had participants from across the UK health system and numerous other countries, meaning everyone had a different background in health policy and valuable contributions to make. The lecturers at Imperial always generated discussion in our lectures and seminars and asked us for our own examples. The very close ties between the university and the healthcare trust also meant that many of our lecturers had experience of delivering health policy in the NHS and used this context to bring the theories to life.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I was very pleased to be awarded the Dean's Prize. I am really grateful to all the staff at Imperial and my dissertation supervisor for their support.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
My dissertation was on the delivery of the children's influenza vaccination in schools (an example of where health policy and education overlap). This motivated me to broaden my experience of social policy by taking up a secondment to the Department for Education, where my role is focused on policy delivery. I really enjoyed the course module on turning policy into practice so it has been a great opportunity to apply my learning from that and to see the similarities in implementing health and education policy.


MSc Surgical Innovation - Vasileios Bonatsos

Vasileios Bonatsos

What did you most enjoy about your course?
Firstly, the small size of the class and the diversity of it which created a strong sense of community and extremely supportive environment. Secondly, I also liked the choice of different optional specialty modules which meant that I could tailor my degree to my interests. Thirdly, the unique opportunity to lead my own projects in an environment of cutting-edge research. Moreover that the main focus of the course is undertaking a research project, which I have found most stimulating.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
Apart from its academic and research excellence for the great opportunities to get involved in valuable research, for its diversity and overall well structured and delivered course.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
Excitement. Respect for the faculty and those made this decision. Recognition that hard work pays off and at the same time relief that regardless of the difficulties it is worth fighting!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I am currently in the early years of Urology Speciality Training after completion of Foundation Programme and Core Surgical Training. I look forward to using the knowledge and research skills I acquired these two years in my future career as a Urologist and Innovator. 


MEd Surgical Education - Caroline Britton

Caroline Britton

What did you most enjoy about your course?
Attending the MEd in Surgical Education allowed me to immediately further my career in the NHS. Lectures, journal clubs, seminars and discussions were thoroughly interesting and thought-provoking. I gained actionable insights into education in surgery that have proven to make a difference in my practice as an everyday educator. The depth and breath of topics with which we approach education throughout the course were pivotal, moreover, in equipping me to develop organisation-wide strategy.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
Having attended higher education programmes at two different institutions previously, I was ever so pleased about the Faculty and the College's role in my education at this level. Resources, flexibility and responsiveness were always positively adequate.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I am extremely honoured to be receiving the Dean's Prize. I worked very hard to achieve my results and can but thank the course directors, all the mentors and teachers in the course, as well as my outstanding colleagues.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Immediately after qualification I was appointed Education Lead for the Theatres and Perioperative Care Services at Cambridge University Hospitals. The learning, networking and research conducted while enrolled have been essential for me in this role. My passion for intellectual challenge and academic work have grown and I would like to carry on to doctoral studies.