Kellogg College Community Engagement Award Winners

2017 Award Winners

Bipin Adhikari – DPhil Clinical Medicine

Bipin’s research is focused on community engagement in the Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) project in Laos. Bipin spent nine months in a remote region of Southern Laos and was involved in implementing and delivering TME. This involves mass administration of anti-malarial drugs, and community engagement is vital to the success of this project. He has also recently made a significant contribution to scientific literature by publishing a systematic review of community engagement in malaria control from the last century through to 2015.

Grace Clough – MSc Sociology

Grace Clough

Grace is a rower who won Gold in the 2016 Paralympics. She has visited schools across South Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire promoting the integration of disability within the school environment. Grace has also promoted the importance of education and that having a bad year, or years, doesn’t mean it is not for you. Grace’s academic research involves studying the media portrayal of disability and its impacts, and she has already devised strategies to share these findings with relevant institutions and the public.

Khamis Elessi – MSc Evidence-Based Health Care

Khamis Elessi

Khamis has introduced and promoted Evidence-Based Medicine in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, an area with limited resources and which has been under a strict siege for the past ten years. Since 2009 Khamis has promoted the concepts of EBHC by teaching medical students, practising physicians and healthcare providers. Khamis was the principle organiser of the first national conference in Palestine on EBHC. The success of this led to Khamis co-ordinating a second conference and acting as trainer for pre-conference workshops. These achievements are all the more impressive given the adverse conditions of life in Gaza.

Chris Jones – DPhil English Local History

Chris edits the newsletter of the Tunbridge Wells Civic Society which is available in printed form or online. Chris uses his original and specialised research to feed back to the local community and, through writing in the local history journal and teaching for the WEA, he has contributed substantially to the local understanding of the history of Tunbridge Wells.

JC Niala – MSt Creative Writing

JC Niala, MSt candidate in Creative Writing

JC did the research for a podcast on the first African woman to graduate from the University of Oxford, and has also researched and produced a video podcast on African soldiers in World War 1 as part of the University’s centenary programme. The podcast led to JC being invited to participate in the International Society for First World War Studies. She has also blogged on this topic and been part of the team that help to run a World War 1 Road Show at the University. JC also researched and wrote a new gallery label for an African mask displayed at the Pitt Rivers Museum as part of the ‘Out in Oxford’ project.

Tsi Njim – MSc International Health & Tropical Medicine

Tsi Nijm

Tsi worked with Science Oxford to deliver hands-on science and medical activities and exhibitions called “Medical Marvels” for the Festival of Ancient and Modern Medicine at Cheney School. The activities included preparing your own ancient medicine, looking at how ancient medicine has transitioned into modern medicine such as maggot therapy, and then modern medicine such as CPR. The event was a great success and showed how scientists can engage with members of the public through education and community engagement.

Igho Onakpoya – DPhil Primary Care

Igho has published four papers in high impact journals and has presented his research results at various international conferences both in the UK and further afield.  One of his papers was named Research Paper of the Year by the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and another paper has been adopted by the World Health Organization as a database resource of harmful medicines withdrawn from the market. Igho’s achievements are important in terms of healthcare and his high impact publication has the potential to change practice.

Matthew Oxman – MSc Evidence-Based Health Care

Matthew has contributed to the Informed Health Choices project which develops and evaluates learning resources to help the public assess claims about how best to care for their health and thereby take better care of themselves and their families. Matthew is a lead author for a combination textbook and comic book for Ugandan primary school children and a podcast for parents. Matthew has blogged about this and has presented his findings worldwide and the work is likely to have a significant global impact on teaching children about health claims.

Vyacheslav Polonski – DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences

Vyacheslav Polonski

Vyacheslav has led a large scale research project that analysed the rise of populism and the social media strategies employed in the course of Britain’s EU referendum and the US election in 2016. To disseminate his findings Vyacheslav has written several blog posts about his research and presented at the World Economic Forum and other conferences including one in London before the then PM David Cameron and cabinet ministers. He has also worked as a teaching assistant at the Oxford Internet Institute and redesigned workshops to ensure there is an interactive component so that students benefit from learning from each other as well as their teaching assistant.

Naomi Vogt  – DPhil Fine Art

Naomi Vogt

Naomi is a co-founder and editor of OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice-based Research Platform which is an online cross-disciplinary journal that engages with innovative ways of participating in knowledge production. Naomi has also been involved in developing other projects such as the ‘Object Make Me’ exhibition and event at the Ashmolean Museum, which drew a diverse audience. Naomi is also a voluntary teacher for the ‘Knowledge Project’ which offers evening classes to local Oxford Communities and supports the educational charity ‘Jacari’.

Ben Wilkins – MSc Musculoskeletal Science

Ben Wilkins

Ben co-founded a social enterprise called Fluid Motion which was set up in response to the challenges faced by people who have musculoskeletal neurological and pain conditions to help them access locally accessible, affordable and suitable options for rehabilitation exercise. Fluid motion has grown into a community rehabilitation service in Oxford which has supported over 150 people, making exercise accessible to some who may not previously have been able to take part. Fluid Motion has created a model where participants receive a personalised health service which is affordable, and, through technology, enables people to progress at a pace suitable for them.

Derek Wilson – MSc Sustainable Urban Development

Derek Wilson

Derek has written an introductory guide to sustainable urban development (SUD) for undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia. The guide serves as a basis for a series of for-credit workshops in which Derek teaches the principles of SUD using a practice case study.  Derek has also contributed to Kellogg College’s newsletter sharing his first-year experiences, and last year led a team of MSUD students in the UN-HABITAT Urban Design Competition. He will shortly be publishing the inaugural issue of ‘Urban Transistions: The Oxford Journal of Sustainable Urban Development’ as its editor.

Mazvita Zanamwe – MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine

Mazvita took part in the Festival of Ancient and Modern Science, working with Science Oxford to design and deliver a section of hands-on activities with the aim to showcase medical approaches taken throughout history. Mazvita designed pamphlets for the Ancient Medicine section of the project, which included ‘making your own medicine recipes’. On the day, Mazvita was responsible for presenting a section on maggots and encouraging students to participate in this project.