Oncology takes a digital outreach award

Martin Christlieb, the Department of Oncology’s Public Engagement Manager, received one of the University of Oxford OxTALENT Awards at the 2014 celebration of innovative use of digital technologies.

The OxTALENT competition is run by IT services to recognise use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research and outreach at the University.

Martin’s award recognised a project in which students from local secondary schools produced two-minute videos which explained something about research happening in Oxford’s cancer research community.  The videos were judged in a competition with the top three videos being awarded a trophy and some Amazon vouchers.   The students were also invited to a workshop and a tour of the laboratories in the Old Road Campus Research Building.  The competition was sponsored by the Medical Research Council as part of their centenary celebrations in 2013.

The winning video came from two students, Arabella Newton and Zhen Zhen, of Downe House School – Thatcham.  The video presented the application of viruses to cancer therapy.

By challenging students to produce videos explaining our work we hoped to set up a collaboration which would engage the students with our work and produce high quality resources which we can use as part of our work to engage the public with our research.

Martin said:

‘I’m really delighted that our video competition has been recognised in this way, as we were very happy with the videos that students from Thames Valley sent us.  We are hoping to run the competition again this autumn.’


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