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 selcetion of those students.


MRes Biomedical Research - Sofia Pedersen

Sofia Pedersen

What did you most enjoy about your course?
I most enjoyed the opportunity to participate in world-class research in a supportive environment, allowing me to improve my scientific knowledge and skillset.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
I most appreciated Imperial College's diverse international community. It fosters a creative, innovative and open-minded environment, all key for good science. It's also a fantastic opportunity to make friends from all different backgrounds.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I am really pleased and humbled to have received the Dean's Prize. I believe being passionate about your subject of study is important to achieve such milestones, by making the hard work more enjoyable!

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I'm currently doing the IMED graduate scheme with AstraZeneca, pursuing research in an industrial environment. I hope to complete a PhD in the biomedical field afterwards.


 

Reproductive and Developmental Biology - Georgie Pool

Georgie Pool

What did you most enjoy about your course?

The course provided me with a broad understanding of reproductive biology and insight into the workings of a research facility. I was mostly interested in the molecular biology surrounding gametogenesis and the pathogenesis of reproductive and developmental disorders. The research project was the most beneficial aspect of the course for me, as I had limited research experience prior to the Masters. I was fortunate to work within a fantastic lab, who were highly supportive and equipped me with a range of molecular biology techniques.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?
The staff at Imperial College London are of the highest calibre in their field of study, which is reflected in the excellent standard of teaching and supervision. In addition, the connections that the Faculty of Medicine has with other teaching facilities was evident through the variety of external specialist lecturers keeping the teaching element engaging and diverse. The well-equipped lab my colleagues to conduct in-depth research using cutting-edge technology.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?
I was very pleased to receive the Dean's Prize and appreciate the College for the recognition.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Since finishing the course, I secured a role as a Reproductive Technologist at City Fertility in London, performing andrology within the IVF lab, where I plan to train to become an embryologist.

 


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.