Professor Karen Morrison

Professor of Neurology, University of Southampton

'NUNC 2017 was once again a great success, with over 100 medical students from around the country attending.  

The exhibits were expertly dissected and displayed, and the organisation so slick.  

The competition was tough; the talks varied and interesting. My over-riding impression of the day was of the buzz, excitement and enthusiasm generated by so many students interested their subject, keen to meet with others and exchange ideas.  

A truly great, unique event.'

'Many congratulations to all the University of Southampton students and staff involved with NUNC – peer involvement with learning and teamwork at its absolute best.'

Professor Zoltan Molnar Professor of Neurodevelopmental Biology, University of Oxford

"I have been running neuroanatomy practicals at Oxford since 2000 and familiar with the issues surrounding the practical teaching of neuroanatomy.  

The facilities at Southampton demonstrate the gold standards how neuroanatomy teaching should look like.  

The competition helps to vertically integrate neuroanatomy into the medical curriculum to maintain the highest standards and to continue to integrate neuroanatomy into the medical curriculum after completion of medical training.  

The prosections and the demonstration specimen used for the National Neuroanatomy Competition are of the highest quality.  The venue is ideal.

 I was very impressed by the impeccable organisation, the huge enthusiasm of the student organisers and all participants. 

I was pleased to see that the competition received support from the highest levels from University of Southampton and from The Anatomical Society. 

I hope this event shall keep growing over the years and I see no reason why Southampton should not contemplate hosting an international competition."

Professor Susan Standring 

Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, King’s College London 

Editor-in-Chief, Gray’s Anatomy 

NUNC 2015

"The National Neuroanatomy Competition offers students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, a great opportunity to explore their knowledge of neuroanatomy, meet other ‘neuro’ enthusiasts and hear stimulating lectures, all packed into one busy day. I attended NUNC in March 2015 and I had a tremendous time. My high spots of the day included the opportunity to examine a collection of excellent brain dissections used in the spotter test, many of them prepared by members of the organising committee, and taking a tour of the 3D anatomy of the choroidal fissure in an inspiring lecture in the afternoon.

 I am delighted to lend my full support to this very well organised competition and hope that it continues for years to come." 


Professor Sir Graham Teasdale

Co-inventor of the Glasgow Coma Scale

NUNC 2014

"The event was very well organised, the material was very well presented and the questions clearly able to test the limits of anyone's knowledge of neuroanatomy! It was especially pleasing to see that so many students are motivated to fill the gap that has been left by current approaches to undergraduate education. I'm sure their efforts in preparing for the competition will be rewarded in their future careers - irrespective of their place in the rankings. Well done to everyone who contributed to the occasion.

It was my great pleasure to be a guest at the 2014 National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition." 

Professor D. Ceri Davies 

Professor of Anatomy, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

"The 2016 National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition was undoubtedly the best medical student organised  academic event that I have had the pleasure to attend.  

The enthusiasm of the student and junior doctor organisers set the tone for the event, which was enjoyed by almost 100 competitors, who achieved a very high standard. I was especially pleased to see the extremely high quality and informative dissections prepared by the organisers for used in the 'spotter' part of the competition."

Professor Roxana Carare

Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

"The neuroanatomy competition is a unique and inspiring event for the doctors of tomorrow. 

There are over 1 billion sufferers of neurological disease world-wide, with no efficient cures. In order to design effective therapeutic strategies, medics must understand the exact mechanisms of disease and the identification of the anatomical characteristics of the structures affected. Working on carefully dissected human brains and state of the art sections of human brains is a privilege for medical education and the University of Southampton is at the forefront of such practice. In my role of clinical neuroanatomy research group leader and member of the British Neuropathological Academic Committee, I am immensely proud of the exciting, innovative opportunity for medical students hosted by the University of Southampton and led by students, junior doctors and faculty staff."

Mr Marcus Parry

Head of Academic Unit for Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
“I am delighted to endorse such an innovative and impressive event. The National Neuroanatomy Competition is a true collaboration between students and staff and epitomises the high level of commitment towards student engagement that we have at Southampton”.