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Welcome to the 2018 National Primary Care Academic Clinical Fellow conference 12-13th April,  hosted by the University of Oxford.

The two day National Primary Care Conference is an annual conference for academic GP trainees, their supervisors, programme leads and the wider academic primary care community. The aim of the conference is to inform and inspire those in the early stages of a career in academic primary care.

We have an exciting programme, combining keynote talks from world-renowned leaders in the field along with workshops aimed at getting the most from your time as an ACF and beyond. These will include advice on funding, grants, writing for publication and more. The conference also provides the opportunity to present your own research to a supportive national forum and network with colleagues from across the United Kingdom. Prizes will be awarded to outstanding work in each field. 

The University of Oxford is delighted to be hosting the 2018 conference. The venue will be Lady Margaret Hall - a stunning college setting in the heart of Oxford. On site accommodation is available to offer delegates the chance to experience a flavour of college life in Oxford. There will be an evening drinks reception at the new Radcliffe Primary Care building, which opened in 2016 and is home to the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. There will also be a college dinner and other entertainment so you really get the chance to enjoy your trip to Oxford! 


If you are interested in attending please contact to join our mailing list, providing your name, email and job title. This will help us in the planning stages and also allow us to keep you updated with further information on the conference, including call for papers and registration. 

We are delighted to be welcoming the following fantastic keynote speakers and workshop leads and thank them all for supporting the conference. Details of their talks will be posted closer to the event.


 Professor Robbie Foy

Professor Robbie Foy

Professor of Primary Care, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Robbie is Professor of Primary Care at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and a General Practitioner in inner-city Leeds.

His field of work, implementation research, aims to inform policy decisions about how best to use resources to improve the uptake of research findings by evaluating approaches to change professional and organisational behaviour.

He was formerly a Clinical Senior Lecturer (Newcastle University) and an MRC Training Fellow in health services research (Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen). He also trained as a public health physician.

He was a 2006–7 Harkness/Health Foundation Fellow in Health Care Policy, based jointly between the Veteran’s Administration and RAND in Los Angeles.

He is a member of the NICE Implementation Strategy Group and was formerly the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, Implementation Science.

Dr Ben Goldacre

Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Ben Goldacre is a doctor, best-selling author, academic and campaigner. His work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and quacks. His book Bad Science reached #1 in the UK non-fiction charts and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. He has published extensively in all major newspapers and various academic journals, and appears regularly on radio and TV from Newsnight to QI. He has written government papers and reports on evidence based policy, founded a successful global campaign for research transparency, and currently works as an academic in the University of Oxford, where he runs the EBMdataLab building live data tools to make science and medicine better, like OpenPrescribing and OpenTrials. His blog is at and he is @bengoldacre on twitter.


Professor Sir Muir Gray

Honorary Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Sir Muir has worked for the National Health Service in England since 1972, occupying a variety of senior positions during that time, including serving as the Director of Research and Development for Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority, and first establishing and  then being the  Director of the UK National Screening Committee. He founded the National Library for Health, and was the Director of Clinical Knowledge, Process, and Safety for the NHS (England) National Programme for IT, serving as the Director of the National Knowledge Service.  He was the first person to hold the post of Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS (England), also serving as the co-Director of the Department of Health’s Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention  (QIPP) Right Care Programme. Together with Sir Iain Chalmers, Muir was instrumental in establishing the Cochrane Collaboration.

Sir Muir is an internationally renowned authority on healthcare systems and has advised governments of several countries outside the UK including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Sir Muir is also a Visiting Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford.  He received the CBE in 2000 and was knighted in 2005 for services to the National Health Service.

Sir Muir is working on the Value Based Healthcare theme within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and is interested in understanding and implementing value based healthcare, particularly focusing on the Triple Value framework.

Professor Carl Heneghan

Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Carl is a clinical epidemiologist and leading expert in EBM and research methods. He has extensive experience in systematic reviews and quantitative methodologies relevant to primary care.

Carl's work includes investigating drug and device regulation, advising governments on regulatory evidence requirements and evidence-based healthcare projects in the public interest. He has worked with BBC Panorama to examine the evidence for sports drinks and for IVF 'Add-on' treatments, and with the media to analyses metal-hips and mesh problems. His international expertise in assessing evidence has been recognised by multiple global agencies including the WHO, US FDA and the UK government amongst others. He led the tamiflu systematic reviews, and he is Director of a World Health Organization Collabaration Centre in Self Care.

He is a founder of the AllTrials campaign, chaired WHO guidelines on self-care and CVD risk, is a co-PI on 4 mutli-centre RCTs and is chair of two NIHR Trial Steering Committees. Twice he has been voted one of the top 100 NHS clinical leaders by the HSJ. He is a board member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

Carl is Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM). CEBM devotes a large proportion of its time to capacity building through outreach teaching and training activities.  He teaches undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers of EBM, and is the Director of Programs in Evidence-Based Health Care. The s program has approx. 100 MSc and 30 DPhil students. He also co-ordinates the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice week in Oxford, now in its 22nd year. The course has trained over a 1000 teachers worldwide.

He is Editor in Chief of the Journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, which has a dedicated blog site (BMJ EBM Spotlight) and twitter account @BMJ_EBM

Carl has over 300 peer reviewed publications and co-authored the EBM toolkit and Statistics Toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s) and, developed with the BMJ the ‘Doctors Toolbag’ iPhone application and the EvidenceLiveconference, now in its 7th year.

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Professor Pali Hungin


President of the BMA, Professor of General Practice, Durham University 

Professor Pali Hungin recently completed 12 years as the foundation Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. A medical doctor, he is a member of the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research within the School. His current role includes responsibility for external/clinical matters with the NHS and other organisations. He is Durham University’s Director on the Academic Health Science Network NE and Cumbria (AHSN), a council member of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance (NHSA) and an appointed member of the Council of Governors of the Tees, Esk, and Wear Valleys NHS Mental Health Trust.

Professor Hungin has experience of clinical practice and research in primary and secondary care, particularly in family medicine, gastroenterology and cardiovascular disease. His research interests include epidemiology, the earlier detection of disease and the evidence-based management of long-term disorders, including therapeutics.

His publications cover the use of early disease markers, investigative services, the prevalence and patterns of gastrointestinal disorders and the barriers to the implementing effective care. His MD thesis was on endoscopy for upper gastrointestinal problems. He has made key contributions to our awareness of the prevalences of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome internationally and the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Having graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor Hungin undertook vocational training in general practice NE England. He was based at the Eaglescliffe Medical Practice in Stockton on Tees for over 20 years and also worked for 10 years as a Hospital Practitioner in gastrointestinal endoscopy at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He was appointed Professor at Durham University in 1996 and became Dean of Medicine and Head of School in 2003.

Professor Hungin is a founding member of the UK and European Primary Care Societies for Gastroenterology and was the founding Chair of the Northern Primary Care Research Network, a forerunner of the research networking movement in the UK. He was Chair of the NHS R&D forum (England), a member of the Independent Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and external adviser to the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA). He served as Vice Chair of the University’s Ethics Advisory Committee and is a postgraduate external examiner to several European and Asian universities. He is currently on the Council of the United European Gastroenterology Federation and the Chair of the Rome Foundation for functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Pali has a long association with the Royal College of General Practitioners, having held their research fellowship and has served on the research group and their academic advisory board. He was awarded the College’s John Fry and recently, the William Pickles medal. He has published over 100 papers in the peer-reviewed press and has edited or contributed to 11 monographs and books.

His other external contributions include being a trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Medical benevolent Fund and membership the County Priory Group of St John.

Pali is the President of the British Medical Association.

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Professor Ann Louise Kinmonth 

Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Fellow and Director of Clinical Studies, St John's College, Cambridge

Ann Louise Kinmonth studied for her MD in the University Department of Paediatrics in Oxford, completed her vocational training in the Berinsfield Practice in 1982 and moved to a Principalship in General Practice at the Aldermoor Health Centre in Southampton in 1983. She was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Primary Medical Care in the University of Southampton between 1983 and 1996 and moved to the University of Cambridge in 1997.

Research interests include the prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease patient-centred care, and trials of complex behavioural interventions.

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Professor Debbie Sharp

MA, BM,BCh(Oxon), PhD(Lond), FRCGP, DRCOG

Professor of Primary Care, University of Bristol

Professor Debbie Sharp is Professor of Primary Health Care in the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol. She was previously Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the Department of General Practice, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry.

In 1985 she obtained one of the first Mental Health Foundation GP Research Training Fellowships through which she completed a PhD on emotional disorders associated with childbirth in a cohort of women in South London, supervised by Professors Michael Shepherd and David Morrell. This cohort was subsequently followed up until the children were 25 years old. During her 11 years in South London, she was a partner (the first woman) at the Lambeth Road Group Practice - the academic practice attached to St Thomas' Hospital. She developed additional research interests in women's health in particular breast cancer screening and more generic interests in primary care mental health.

She took up the foundation chair in Primary Health Care in Bristol in 1994, the first woman to be appointed to a substantive chair in medicine in Bristol and built up a world-class department over the next sixteen years.

One of her greatest successes has been developing a cohort of young academic GPs and seeing them flourish. She took the Centre for Academic Primary Care into the NIHR School for Primary Care where it has continued to prosecute internationally recognised research.


We will be hosting a range of interactive workshops across the two days, focusing on specific topics such as medical education or behaviour medicine as well as others designed to help you get the most from your ACF years and beyond. Confirmed workshop leads include: 


Paul Aveyard

Professor Paul Aveyard


Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oxford

My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the intergration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation.

My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.  

A lot of my work has examined interventions to help people stop or reduce their smoking and lately I have worked in helping people manage their weight if they have become obese.  

People often use several drugs to help them stop smoking but our research suggested that combining these drugs does not help more than taking only one of them.  Our research has shown that people who stop smoking put on a considerable amount of weight and we are investigating the best ways to prevent this weight gain but without harming the chance of stopping smoking.  One of our trials showed that people who were referred to commercial weight management providers lost more weight than people who tried to lose weight without support.  However, people who went to their GP or practice nurse for support did no better than people trying without support.  This result helped change government policy and local health organisations now contract with commercial weight providers.

I work with several other organisations to improve health and healthcare.  I am former president of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine, a former trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.  I am a senior editor of the journal Addiction.  I have worked on several NICE working groups and advised the Department of Health on smoking and obesity.

Dr Sophie Cook


BMJ UK Research Editor 

Sophie is a general practitioner who joined The BMJ in 2009 as editorial registrar. She initially worked on research before becoming an assistant editor on the education team for 6 years, running the clinical reviews section and later acting as joint head of education for The BMJ. In January 2017 she became UK research editor, working with the international research team to handle the 4000 research submissions we receive annually and undertaking outreach visits in the UK. She is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and holds a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her clinical and editorial interests include women and children’s health, palliative care in the community, shared decision making in practice, conflicts of interest in publishing , co-producing content with patients and quality improvement.

Becks Fisher

Dr Rebecca Fisher


Having graduated from St Johns College Cambridge in 2010 with distinction and the Roger Morris prize for medicine, Becks spent her foundation years in Cambridge before trading dreaming spires to head to Oxford and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care, completed in August 2016.

Becks has held numerous teaching roles, most recently as a Doll Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. She collaborated with a colleague to initiate and run a successful ‘vivas for finals’ teaching programme in Cambridge, an evidence based medicine programme for GP trainees in Oxford, and set up an access scheme for state schools in Oxford city. With a research interest in out of hours primary care Becks has published and presented widely and internationally, as well as completing a diploma in health research.

Becks is passionate about the social determinants of health and views health policy as a tool for social justice. Most recently she has completed a year as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at the Health Foundation. She currently works as a GP in South London, and as a clinical fellow at the Health Foundation. 

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Professor Dan Lasserson


Professor of Ambulatory Care, University of Birmingham

Professor Dan Lasserson is the only Professor of Ambulatory Care in the UK. His research group tackles one of the biggest challenges that healthcare is facing – the delivery of acute medical care, where needs are increasing year by year but the available resources to meet those needs are limited. Both primary and secondary care acute services are increasingly stretched and calls for new models of acute care have come from NHS England, the Royal College of Physicians and the Primary Care Workforce Commission.



NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield 

I am a Clinical Lecturer in primary care medicine and a working GP at Page Hall Medical Centre in Sheffield. I am funded by the NIHR to develop my research and teaching skills with a focus on health inequalities. My passion to work towards health equity for communities and support professionals working with vulnerable groups was inspired through witnessing the contrasts in the social determinants of health for patients throughout my career.

Prior to gaining my medical degree at The University of Sheffield in 2004 I worked as Post Doctoral researcher at the Universite Claude Bernard Faculte de Medecine in Lyon, France. Before this I completed a BSc in Zoology and then PhD at the University of Sheffield.

Mr Dan Richards-Doran

BSc (Hons) DipSciComm MCIPR CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner

Communications Manager

In the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences I am responsible for the department's research communications and supporting researchers to communicate their work and its impact to our local, national and international stakeholders. I manage activities that seek to develop our audiences and engage them with our work, as well as delivering coaching and support to our research team. I work closely with the Public Affairs Directorate, the Medical Sciences Division office and other communications staff across the University of Oxford and Oxford's health research organisations.

I have worked in science communication and public engagement for over ten years, having worked previously for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research managing press, communications and public engagement, and at the British Science Association, where I managed National Science & Engineering Week and the volunteer-led regional programme of public events. I also have commercial experience as a life sciences conference producer.

I have a BSc in medical microbiology and a postgraduate diploma in science communication. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, an Accredited PR Practitioner and am currently studying for a diploma in public relations.

Using social media to reach out

Dan will be running a social media workshop. This will include an overview of an approach you can take to help you define the most appropriate use of social media to communicate your research, with some tips for getting the most out of Twitter. Using case-studies provided, attendees will then work in small groups to develop their own social media plan.
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Founder and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare 

Rachel has a Human Sciences degree (Oxford) and a Master’s degree in demography and epidemiology from the London School of Economics. She worked in public health initiatives in the UK, Georgia and Kazakhstan before helping to develop The Cochrane Library during the first decade of its life.

Rachel works at The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH), which is well known for its work on sustainable healthcare in research and practice. It provides strategic input and consultancy to national and local programmes. CSH runs a Sustainable Specialties Programme, designed to mainstream sustainability within clinical areas so that it is integral to the planning of health systems and the practice of healthcare professionals. This is supported by their work in medical education and in carbon modelling of clinical care. The CSH also run greenspace projects, including an NHS Forest, to assist organisations to improve their natural environment and reconnect their staff, patients and the wider community with their local greenspace to benefit their health.

Clare Taylor

Dr Clare Taylor


NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

Heart failure is my main research interest. My doctoral work examined the clinical pathway for patients diagnosed with heart failure in primary care, particularly the epidemiology of heart failure in the community and the patient experience of diagnosis. I am co-Principal Investigator for the REFer for EchocaRadiogram (REFER) study which examines the use of a clinical decision rule and natriuretic peptide testing in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. I am also part of the Echocardiographic Heart Of England Screening (ECHOES) study team. The ECHOES-X study rescreened patients from the original ECHOES cohort to determine the outcome of heart failure in a community population. Internationally, I am collaborating with the University of Sydney to examine the burden of heart failure in Australian general practice.

My other research interest is atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation. I have used routinely collected general practice data to examine the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and management of oral anticoagulants in primary care, and been involved in a randomised controlled trial in stroke patients. I am an experienced lecturer at Masters level, GP tutor and senior clinical examiner for undergraduates and a trained mentor.

This year's conference is hosted by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and will be held at the University of Oxford's, Lady Margaret Hall college.




This year's conference will be held at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), a college based in the heart of Oxford. 

LMH is a pioneering Oxford University college. Founded in 1879, it became the first college to educate women – until then excluded from Oxford. Men were admitted in 1979 and, in 2016, the college also became the first Oxbridge college to establish a Foundation Year for under-represented students.

LMH will host both days of the conference, the Thursday evening conference dinner and will provide accommodation for any delegate wishing to stay in Oxford and sample a life of Oxford college life. 

Address: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA






We will be holding an evening drinks reception and talk on Thursday at the new Radcliffe Primary Care Building, home to the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Based in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ), which houses the former Radcliffe Infirmary, the site is one of the most significant development projects the University of Oxford has undertaken for more than a century.  

In March 2016, the hospital's former outpatients’ building became the new home for primary care health sciences, renewing a health presence in the building into the 21st century. This development provides the very best facilities to support our vital research and teaching, with a wide range of different spaces to suit the many ways we work.

Address: Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford. OX2 6GG


We hope to make the conference as enjoyable as possible for all our guests and are planning on a range of events including a college dinner at Lady Margaret Hall on Thursday 12th April.

 MSc Programme


Wednesday 11th April, 7.30pm 

For those of you coming down on the Wednesday, we recommend the Royal Oak pub, close to Lady Margaret Hall for pre-conference drinks. Otherwise catch an early night or head into town to explore! 

The Royal Oak, 42-44 Woodstock Road, Woodstock Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6HT

Walking Tour

Thursday 12th April, 5–6pm 

Join our experienced local guides for a walking tour of Oxford. The tour will focus on the rich medical history of Oxford where many groundbreaking discoveries and experiments have taken place. These include the story of how penicillin was first trialled on mice during the height of the blitz and then in 1941 how policeman Albert Alexander became the first patient treated. 

Radcliffe Primary Care Department Drinks Reception

Thursday 12th April, 6–7pm 

The Radcliffe Primary Care opened in 2016 at the site of the old Radcliffe Infirmary. More information on the building can be found in the 'venue' section of this website. There will be an evening drinks reception to give everyone a chance to see the spectacular renovation work. As well as providing a chance to meet other delegates there will be an evening talk from a local speaker. 

Lady Margaret Hall Conference Dinner

Thursday 12th April, 7.30pm 

College dinners are a highlight of life in Oxford and we invite you all to join us for a three course dinner in the spectacular LMH college hall.  


Friday 13th April, 7.30AM–8.30am 

Simone Jones is a Californian yoga teacher who runs Prana Yoga, a studio here in Oxford. She will be leading a free yoga class at LMH on the morning of Friday 13th for everyone to loosen up and get moving following the college dinner. Hair of the dog or downward facing dog - you decide! Mats provided and all abilities welcome! 

Here you can find the slides that were shown by our speakers during their presentations. Please contact each individual speaker if you need further information.

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Pali Hungin

Dan Lasserson/Clare Taylor/Rebecca Fisher

Ann Louise Kinmonth

Sophie Cook

Robbie Foy

Muir Gray

Debbie Sharp

Rachel Stancliffe

Paul Aveyard

Carl Heneghan

Ben Goldacre


Professor Sir Muir Gray


The conference will remain open for registration until March 23rd 2018.

To register please follow this link to book through the Oxford University Stores website: 

Payment must also be made through the same website at the time of registration. We are unable to arrange payment by invoice. 

If you are a trainee and have been successful with your abstract submission for an oral presentation, elevator pitch or poster presentation, you will still need to register and pay to attend the conference. 

Registration fees

Full conference delegate - £250.00
Day delegate (Thursday only) - £125.00
Day delegate (Friday only) - £125.00


Supplementary Extras 

These are all included in the registration price but registering will secure your place and help us to plan the events. Please add to your basket any events you would like to attend during the booking process.  Please note numbers are limited for the Walking tour and Yoga session and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Drinks reception -Thursday evening
Dinner - Thursday evening
Walking tour of Oxford - Thursday
Early Morning Yoga session - Friday



Accommodation is available at LMH at an additional cost per night and is booked through the conference registration website. We are delighted to be able offer all delegates this special discounted rate. Please see the accommodation section for more details. 

Ensuite room Wednesday night - £67.00
Ensuite room Thursday night - £67.00


Join the conference mailing list now so we can keep you up to date! Just email with your name, email and job title. 

Book your place to stay at LMH during the conference.

A number of single rooms are available for delegates at LMH. All are ensuite and located on the main LMH site where the conference will be. We recommend these as the most convenient and fun place to stay during the conference! We are delighted to be able to off the rooms at the discounted delegate rate of £67.00 per night. The rooms are available Wednesday through Friday and can be booked through the registration link on this website. 

The accommodation includes: 

  • Accommodation check-in from 2pm
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities in your room
  • Toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24 Hour Lodge / Reception

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There are potentially a small number of twin rooms available. Please contact the conference organising team to discuss booking these. For those considering travelling with children or families we will seek to provide or help find accommodation to suit your needs and be as flexible as possible to help you make the conference. 

There is limited parking available within central Oxford or at Lady Margaret Hall. We suggest you try to come via public transport if possible or use the park and ride service in Oxford.


Lady Margaret Hall

Norham Gardens

Oxford OX2 6QA

Radcliffe Primary Care Building

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Woodstock Road

Oxford OX2 6GG

LMH travel Guide

LMH have produced a helpful guide on reaching the college, including parking options and public transport.


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Radcliffe Primary Care building - blue circle 

Oxford train station - purple pin