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Issue 8 - 27/01/14


Following feedback from students about assessments the university have initiated the e-portfolio project. There is a great need to replace the outdated existing systems and to significantly reduce the amount of paperwork handled by both the students and staff.

SGUL is developing an e-portfolio system which will allow students to manage their learning, including reflective learning, record work-based assessments and plan educational activities. It will also assist the staff with monitoring of student progress and control the programme accreditation processes. This is a complex project requiring careful planning, innovative development, stringent testing and phased implementation. The first stage of the project is already underway and involves workplace based assessments which will enable students, teachers, and clinicians to enter feedback on students’ progress during their clinical attachments while they are still on the wards, using mobile devices. The e-portfolio is based on the University of Leeds e-portfolio, developed by MyKnowledgeMaps (MKM).

Considerable progress has been made to adapt the off-the-shelf product to suit SGUL's specific requirements and pilots are being rolled out to test the usability on mobile devices and practicality of the offline/online approach.

We aim to provide you with regular updates on the progress of this exciting initiative but if you have any comments or would like to get involved please email


For all those who have upcoming exams, the SU wishes you all the best. We know that this can be an extremely stressful time so please remember that you are not alone. Feel free to drop by the SU during your break where your VP Education and Welfare Officer has unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits! Sometimes a break, a new scene, new company and a Maoam (or two!) can do wonders! Contact Yan Leung at if you have any questions.


Want to find out what your SU Officers are up to? Then visit the TWNW blog!


The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) offers student elective bursaries, of up to £700 each, for undergraduate students. These bursaries support Medical Student Electives, or exceptionally Special Study Modules, on issues in medical ethics. Medical students, jointly with their supervisor, are invited to apply by 31 January 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by 1 April 2014.

The BMA website provides a 'toolkit' that can be helpful for ethics and medical electives in resource-poor countries.

You can download the relevant documents from our website




Here's an excellent opportunity to win one of FIVE £40 Amazon vouchers/cash!


All you need to do is complete a quick and easy survey on urology to be entered into the prize draw. 


The survey is FOR ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS to complete and have a chance of winning this prize!


The survey link:


This is a UK-wide survey to understand the attitudes of UK medical students regarding urology, urology exposure during medical school, and confidence regarding urological diseases and procedures. The survey is being undertaken in collaboration with the award-winning Urology Centre at Guy's Hospital, London.


To enter the prize draw, please enter your email on the final page. Winners will be announced once data collection is complete!


For more information, please contact Nithish Jayakumar (5th year medic at Barts and The London):



I'm a Project Manager at C2 Research, Inc., a market research firm. We are looking for current undergraduate students and working young professionals for an online interview about your future education and career plans.

Our online interviews are being conducted through the end of January. Morning, evening and afternoon times are available for your convenience. This is for market research purposes only and absolutely no sales are involved.

The online interview will last 1 hour and we require you complete a 15 minute online survey following your online interview. For your time and opinions, participants receive £60 paid via PayPal or Amazon gift card. You will not be compensated unless you complete both portions of the study.

We have set up a preliminary survey to connect with interested respondents. To be considered for our upcoming study, please complete this short survey:

If selected for this upcoming study, a member of our team will reach out to confirm your answers and availability.

If you are not selected for this study, we will gladly keep you in mind for future paid market research opportunities. If you know any other students or young working professionals that may like to participate, please feel free to forward this email along. We appreciate any referrals you may have!


Claire Fishburn

Senior Project Manager


"Did you know that there is a platelet donation clinic opposite St. Georges Medical School? Did you know that we are always looking for new platelet donors? This could be the best New Year's Resolution you've ever made.

Most platelet donations are given to patients who are unable to make enough platelets in their bone marrow. For example, patients with leukaemia or other cancers may have too few platelets as the result of their disease or treatment. Also after major surgery or extensive injury, patients may need platelet transfusions to replace those lost through bleeding. Platelets given by our generous and committed donors are often life-saving and special in that they can help up to 3 adults or even 12 children! What's more, as platelets can only be stored for a few days, regular and frequent donors are in great demand and that is why we ask our platelet donors to attend at least 8 - 10 times per year.

If you would like more information about platelet donation please visit or to to arrange a time to be sampled for your eligibility please call the Tooting Donor Centre on 020 3123 8368."


My name is Kugananda Sri Paranthaman. I am one of the third year medical students at St Georges, University of London, doing a research project on organ donations from minority ethnic groups in the UK. The target audience are minority ethnic groups currently residing in the UK. Together with Dr. Abbas Ghazanfar, Consultant Renal Surgeon at St Georges NHS Trust, we are hoping to publish the findings of this study.

I wanted to ask for your kind cooperation in helping me fill out this short and simple survey form. The link to it is as follows,

I ask for your kind cooperation in disseminating the link out to your friends and family members who fit the target audience. If you have already filled out this survey form before, thank you very much.

As you may or may not know, organ donations from minority ethnic groups in the UK is very low but ironically, the demand for organs from these very groups is increasing each and every year. I am hoping that with your help, we can try and solve this problem as swiftly as possible. I have attached a copy of the participant information sheet in this e-mail for your reference on the issue.

Thank you for your time.

Please find the information sheet below.