Noura El Masri

Noura El Masri
Noura tells us about the warm welcome she's received by the PIP group and her difficult educational journey towards studying at University to become a surgeon


Tell us about your role at HSRU

I joined HSRU recently and I have been warmly welcomed by the PIP group members. It has been great joining the group’s meetings and see how the members share their ideas and their opinions about different topics. I look forward to engaging more in the HSRU activities and contribute to the health research projects to benefit the public. As English is not my first language, I would like to help to ease the language of the complex medical terms used as I know how it is difficult to understand by most of the non-English speakers.   

Tell us a bit about your background and what you do now

I have been living in the UK since 2018. My educational journey interrupted many times, where I could not finish my education in Syria due to the war, and then being a refugee in one of the Arabic countries.  So, since I arrived at the UK, I engaged in education with hope to continue studying to become a surgeon. I had to learn English at the same time with studying Physics, Chemistry, Human Biology and maths to meet the entry requirements for applying to the university. It was not easy to study in the UK as English is not my first language, but I worked very hard on myself to keep learning alongside raising two children. In the UK, I volunteered with the Red Cross in a charity shop as assistant manager, and I volunteered at the hospital as a care assistant to get experiences. I like science so much and enjoy learning and gaining knowledge.  

What is your favourite thing about your role in HSRU?

Being welcomed by the group members increased my confidence to share my ideas and my point of view. During the meeting I had so far, I enjoyed being there and I enjoyed the group work. 

How do you usually start your day?

I help my daughters to get ready to school, drink coffee, and then I get ready to start my day and go to the university. 

How do you relax?

Reading a book and drinking coffee. 

What was the last thing you shared on your social media profiles?

It was a photo for my dad.