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David Clifton receives Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award

Dr David Clifton, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been recognised in the 2013 Development Awards given annually by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), for work in the Southeast Asia region. This Award comes with a bursary.

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Tiny sensor in pills could save the NHS millions

Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been working with colleagues from the Medical Sciences Division on the first UK clinical trials of a ‘texting pill’ that contains a tiny silicon sensor, which triggers the sending of a text to say the pill has been swallowed. This follows a UK study, which found that £300 million a year is spent on medicines that end up being thrown away. Part of the wastage is due to people not taking medication, called ‘non-compliance’.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering awards new Research Fellowship

Dr. David Clifton has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. The advanced fellowships, which are highly competitive (with two or three applications permitted per university), provide support for five years to outstanding researchers to enable them to establish independent research groups that are useful to industry or society.

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Professor Zhanfeng Cui elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professor Zhanfeng Cui (the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Fellow of Hertford College) who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). This is a richly deserved recognition of Professor Cui’s contributions to engineering.

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Success of Headstart for Sixth Formers continues

This year the Department of Engineering Science ran its 17th Headstart residential course for sixth formers from throughout the UK. The programme included practical problem-solving activities, team projects, industrial site visits, lectures and tours of laboratories. On their last evening, Headstart students attended a gala dinner at Hertford College.

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