Steering Committee Applications Now OPEN

Do you want to take a leading role in steering the UK’s most successful student collaborative?

Applications are now open for medical students from the UK to join the STARSurg (Student Audit and Research Society in Surgery) steering committee. Only applicants not in their final year at the time of application will be considered. A role on the STARSurg Steering Committee provides a great opportunity to take on a more senior role in leading the largest student research network in the UK, which has proved invaluable in future job applications, in particular the academic foundation programme.

This role involves the day-to-day running of STARSurg, yearly meetings, assisting in running events, working with sponsors, managing the regional leads and assisting with paper and protocol writing. You will be supported by other students and seniors within the STARSurg network where appropriate.

Role specification:


  • A willingness to work in a team
  • A passion for surgery and research
  • Good leadership skills
  • Effective time management
  • Evidence of organisational skills (eg. Committee roles at Medical School/ other work/ past experiences)
  • Good communication skills, organised
  • A desire to get involved in writing protocols, papers


  • Previous collaborator for STARSurg
  • Previous local/regional lead for STARSurg
  • Participation in event days (Hack Day, GRANULE)
  • Any other research background/ projects/ awareness

To apply, please fill in the application form below which will contain three short questions to test your compatibility with this role, answers will be blind triple marked and those shortlisted will have a telephone interview. Most committee members remain on the committee for a range of 1-2 years.

**DEADLINE HAS PASSED, we have now decided on our team for the ongoing year but if you didn’t get a chance to apply next year, please sign up to our mailing list for future opportunities **

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

NRCM 2018 Blogpost

National Research Collaborative Meeting (NRCM) 2018

This December the National Research Collaborative Meeting (NRCM) 2018, celebrated 10 years of collaborative research. This historic conference was hosted by the NORTHWEST research collaborative and STARSurg at Manchester’s Chetham school of music and library.

This pan-specialty conference welcomed over 250 delegates from around the United Kingdom, including consultants, surgical trainees at all levels of training and medical students. This conference provided attendees with the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and leaders in research and gain exposure to the variety of collaboratives represented at this event.

The day consisted of keynote lectures and numerous breakout sessions, all of which catered well to the varying tastes of the attendees. The beauty of this day was that it was easy to remain interested and engaged throughout the day, due to the variety of the talks. From patient led keynotes to focused talks on designing a successful research project, which addressed topics such as: tips for a successful grant application and asking the right research questions in your study. Presentation of trials and national study results, including IMAGINE, highlighted the great leaps being made by research collaboratives, which was truly inspiring to witness.

STARSurg’s next national audit project REspiratory Complications after abdomiNal surgery (RECON) was also officially introduced at the NRCM 2018. (Please visit the RECON page in our project hub for more information on how to get involved with this study).  STARSurg also delivered useful workshops such as ‘Get me an AFP’, a mini ‘GRANULE course’, which were particularly engaging for the medical student attendees of the conference.

NRCM 2018 concluded with an exhilarating debate with Prof Dion Morton arguing that “this house believes that all collaborative research should be published under corporate authorship” and Prof Torkington arguing against.

This conference highlighted to me how much the collaborative research model has revolutionised the surgical research landscape over the last 10 years. What resonated with me the most from this conference is the idea that collaboratives foster a grass roots approach in their operation. Where they empower keen researchers from all levels, even medical students and equip them with the knowledge and skills to help deliver high quality, impactful studies. All with the end goal of improving patient care and the patient experience.

This blog post was written by Rachel Thavayogan, a 4th year medical student and STARSurg committee member from the University of Nottingham Medical School.

STARSurg Journal Club

A twitter-based surgical journal club targeted at undergraduate medical students and junior doctors in the UK. This ‘melting-pot’ of academic activity seeks to foster a new generation of motivated, skilled surgeon-scientists for the NHS.

Every month, discuss a topical surgical article on twitter in STARSurg Journal Club.

The article will be discussed for around an hour, with the objective of writing a letter to the editor on behalf of the STARSurg journal club.

Anyone can get involved, just keep an eye on the STARSurg twitter feed for the date, time and article to be discussed and tune in!