Prizes and Awards

Find out about the Newcastle University Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prize

Please share in your success if you or your research student has won a prize or a competition please let us know by using the write button at the bottom of this page.

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Third year PhD student wins top prize for cystic fibrosis research


Third year PhD student, Sara Cuevas Ocaña, (co-supervised by Dr Mike Gray and Prof Neil Perkins in ICaMB) recently won the Annual UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s (CF) got TALENT event.

Sara was chosen to present her work by a panel of 'lay' people who are part of the wider CF community. The event was live-streamed through the CF Trust's Facebook page and people voted on-line.

She was presented her prize, an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2018 Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis meeting in Denver, USA  by Olympian, Roger Black. 

Congratulations Sara!  Find out more about her win. 




North East Postgraduate Conference 2016 - Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the following prize winners from last week's excellent North East PostGraduate (NEPG) Conference, selected by the organisers from a very competitive field.

Oral Presentations


Felix Chan (PhD, IoN) 'A novel in vitro brain slice model of mitochondrial epilepsy: "a dual hit hypothesis"'


Ben McCullough (PhD, NICR) 'Response to MDM2-p53 binding antagonists in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia'
Sara Cuevas Ocana (PhD, ICaMB) 'Gene editing of human embryonic stem cells to generate a physiologically relevant model of cystic fibrosis airway epithelium'

Poster Presentations


Majid Althaqafy (PhD, IH&S) 'Hepatitis B, measles and varicella infections, among newly recruited military and healthcare employees in the Saudi National Guard: Associated knowledge, concerns and barriers to vaccination'


Claire Ford (PhD, Northumbria) 'Preoperative pain planning for day case surgery patients: myth or reality?'
Eleanor Klejnow (MBBS) 'Mutational profiling of hyperdiploidy acute myeloid leukaemia using next generation sequencing technology'

Warmest congratulations to all the prize winners.

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

Santander Universities has made available a grant to support Newcastle University staff or students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) who wish to undertake a period of research or study in any country within the Banco Santander network as listed: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, or the USA.
The Mobility Award is provided by Santander to be used as outlined below:
1. a minimum of 10 awards with a maximum value of £1,400
Where the panel believes that a proposal does not represent value for money yet wishes to partially support the activity, funding may be offered at a reduced level. 


The principal criterion for the award of a grant in 2016/17 is that the proposed travel project will make a demonstrable and tangible contribution to the applicant’s studies or research. Applicants must explain how the proposed travel will satisfy this requirement. From 2016/17 onwards the funds will be used to support staff and students across all three faculties. We welcome applications from students for whom travel abroad would facilitate and augment existing extra-curricular learning initiatives or directly benefit their course. Successful applicants will be required to report on their experiences abroad via Blog Posts to 



  • Newcastle University staff and students studying at all levels are eligible for these awards.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that the proposed mobility will benefit their course of study or other extra-curricular learning initiatives being pursued.
  • Travel must be to one of the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, and USA.
  • Awards must be taken up within the 2016/17 academic year and travel must take place by August 31st 2017.
  • The value of the scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship holder and can be used as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence or the attendance at courses. 


How to Apply

Please complete the following online form: other applications will not be accepted.
The first round deadline for applications in the 2016/17 academic year is:
14 October 2016 

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel, which reports to University Internationalisation Committee (UIC), meets within one month of each application deadline to review the applications on the basis of the fund criteria. The decision on the application, including any conditions, will be communicated to the proposer by the panel secretary no later than six weeks after the application deadline.
The Selection Panel is comprised of representatives from the following Faculties as well as teams supporting the University’s student scholarship, mobility and international agendas:


  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Language Resource Centre
  • NU Advancement
  • Student Mobility & Integration
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Santander Universities 


The University reserves the right to vary all or any scholarship awards at its sole discretion.
Scholarship winners will be invited to attend the University’s Scholarship Reception Event in April 2017. 

Three Minute Thesis - University Winner Selected

Many congratulations to Graham McClelland, PhD student in the Institute of Neuroscience who won the University's Three Minute Thesis competition 

Research students from all faculties competed for the Three Minute Thesis prize. Winners were selected by a public vote with audience members of our own research students and members of VOICEnorth present. Three were selected to complete in the regional competition to be held on June 15th. 

Graham McClelland, Institute of Neuroscience

Catherine Caine, Newcastle Law School


Tolu Kolawole, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Graham was also being selected to be the University's representitive in the National Competition organised by Vitae.



Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme)

The Graduate School would like to congratulate the two teams that took part in this year’s Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme).

The Graduate School would like to congratulate the two teams that took part in this year’s Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme). Both teams did fantastically well to win through to the finals from their regional heats, fighting off stiff competition in Manchester and Edinburgh. The teams comprised research students from the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Institute of Cellular Medicine (Hannah Swinburne, Beccie Brennan, Valeria Chichagova and Ellie Meader) and research staff based at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (Natalia Martinez-Soria, Natalie Bell, Alex Elder, Sarah Fordham and Frida Ponthan). With more than a hundred teams involved it is testament not only to the hard work our teams put in but also to the collaborative efforts of the Careers Service, Entrepreneurial Development Unit and those involved in the Research Student Development Programme for the bespoke training and advice provided to the teams.

The finals were a very grand affair held in one of the best hotels in Westminster followed by a drinks reception and dinner in Whitehall. Each team received a finalists award but the staff team also received the Best Healthcare Business Plan award sponsored by GSK. The standard of presentations at the finals was remarkably high and the winning team from Nottingham University were incredibly slick and professional. As inspiring as this current success was the involvement of two of Newcastle’s former participants, Matt Wilcox and Andrew Jenkins, who were invited as special guests and feature in a publication about success stories from the last 20 years (

Matt was also called up to share the stage with compère Maggie Philbin, providing a brief account of his work since taking part in the competition. Neither Matt nor Andrew won in the year they took part but both benefited greatly from the experience and from the support of the Entrepreneurial Development Unit, not just in the competition but in protecting their Intellectual Property Rights and the commercialisation of their research findings. 

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