With evidence of impact a key requirement of many funders, and with global reach a major priority of the University, it is unsurprising that researchers are devising creative ways to ensure that their work reaches the widest possible audience. This category attracted so many entries this year that we have divided it in two: a general category and a category for staff who have made educational resources available to schools in the TES Connect repository. Here we celebrate the winning entries for general outreach.
Winners: Kinan Muhammed & Louwai Muhammed for ‘Syria Scholar’
Kinan is from New College and studied at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Louwai is from Green Templeton College and studied at the Medical Sciences Division. They have developed an online learning platform to support medical students in Syria whose access to learning has been seriously impaired by the conflict. The system provides a gateway to learning materials and live teaching from a network of Oxford medical tutors who offer their time to the project for free.
Kinan and Louwai hope that the exposure of students to impassioned academics from Oxford will act as a source of inspiration and motivation during the difficult times faced by the region.
The judges chose Syria Scholar as a clear winner. They commended the team’s use of technology both for delivering Oxford’s teaching far beyond its ancient walls, and for its selection of features to provide the personalised, focused coaching and two-way discussion that enable students to develop the skills to become better doctors.
Runners-up: The Oxford Sparks Team for ‘Big Questions with Oxford Sparks’
Oxford Sparks is a portal for engaging with a wealth of exciting science taking place across the University, it provides links to 100s of science resources that can be used in teaching and learning as well as opportunities to meet some of Oxford’s scientists online. Big Questions is a series of short audio talks that have been tailored for a non-academic audience. They address some of the big questions in the world of science including the origins of the universe, Artificial intelligence and the genetics that make up the people of the British Isles.