Still revelling in the success of the data collection stage of the RECON project, the months of June and July brought new excitement to the STARSurg steering committee as we sought to recruit our newest members. We invited applications for the STARSurg steering committee across the network, receiving over 56 high-quality applications.

All submissions were triple marked by committee members and senior advisors. As always, this was a difficult process in exploring shortlisted candidates’ views for innovation and ideas for future STARSurg prospects in informal discussions via subsequent telephone interviews.

As we move into the new academic year, STARSurg are delighted to be able to welcome 5 new student committee members to the team. We look forward to continue to build on the success STARSurg with their support, enthusiasm, and novel perspectives.

  • Isobel Trout – 4th Year at Birmingham University(RECON collaborator)
  • Omar Kouli – 4th Year at Dundee University (current Dundee Regional Lead)
  • William Cambridge – 3rd Year at Edinburgh University (RECON collaborator)
  • Samuel Brown – 3rd Year at Leicester University (IMAGINE collaborator & RECON Hospital Lead)
  • Sanchita Bhatia – 4th Year at Cardiff University (current Cardiff Regional Lead)


Remaining true to one of the core STARSurg ethos established at its inception, the group remains a predominantly student-led initiative, with 69% (n=11) of the steering committee at present being students. Since the collaborative was founded in 2014, the steering committee has included 38 committee members over the past 5 years, encompassing 21 medical schools across the UK and Ireland.

As our new members join the team, STARSurg continues forwards as a truly national group with our steering committee now representing 12 medical schools! (Birmingham, BSMS, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, KCL, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton).

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We would like to thank all the candidates who submitted applications this year. We are grateful for the time and effort you have taken to invest in the STARSurg vision. 

When considering the steering committee recruited over the years, we are always keen to provide opportunities to progress within STARSurg, irrespective of stage.While the majority of the current committee have been recruited following experience as a regional lead (median involvement of 13 months, range: 5 – 32 months), 6 members were recruited directly from being a collaborator (median involvement of 6 months, range: 3 – 18 months). 

Therefore, we would encourage anyone who was not successful this year (or who may be interested in becoming more involved with STARSurg in the future) to consider applying for the STARSurg Regional Lead positions at their medical school (DEADLINE 14th Aug at 23:59). In addition, there will be future opportunities to remain active in STARSurg as a hospital lead or collaborator in our next project in early 2020.


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