In the first term, Journal Club is led by Dr Piers Barnes. The transferable skills course, aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge. At each meeting students discuss a seminal high impact paper that is circulated prior to the meeting. A student-led Journal Club will begin in the spring term.


  • 1st RULE: You do talk about JOURNAL CLUB
  • 2nd RULE: You DO talk about JOURNAL CLUB
  • 3rd RULE: If someone goes limp, falls unconscious or starts snoring wake them up – and choose a more stimulating paper next time
  • 4th RULE: Two students will present at a time
  • 5th RULE: One paper at a time (mostly) – make it relevant to you
  • 6th RULE: You will not talk about review papers
  • 7th RULE: Discussions will sometimes exceed an hour – you will ask questions
  • 8th RULE: If this is your first time at JOURNAL CLUB, you HAVE to present sometime during the term