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Research Student Public Lecture Prize 2015

The Graduate School is happy to seek nominations for the INSIGHTS Public Lecture Prize.  In 2011 and 2013 research students from the Faculty of Medical Sciences were chosen by a competitive process to present their research. These talks were very well received by the Public Lecture audience. We are keen to replicate the tremendous success of this event with a new slot in the Public Lecture series next May.
Previous Public Lecture Prize events can be accessed at:

The Faculty Postgraduate Tutor and Skills Development Co-ordinator are requesting academic staff to nominate research students (PhD, MD, DClinPsy) to take part. Six of the students nominated will be chosen to receive specialist training in delivery and content selection,  there will be a further selection process and three of the six will then be selected to present their work with the others remaining as reserves. All will receive a certificate to mark their achievement.

If you are an experienced presenter we would encourage you to seek a nomination from your supervisor or other academic staff who have witnessed your presentations. Supervisors will be asked to provide a list of presentations you have given or have planned. Judges will endeavour to witness these presentations if it is possible, for example you may be presenting at the Translational Genomics of Rare Diseases and Cancer IGM and NICR research day on 11th December 2014.

The following information has been sent to research student supervisors:

The Graduate School would be pleased to accept nominations for the Medical Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Public Lecture Prize.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is offering three doctoral research students (registered in the Faculty of Medical sciences) the prize of a presenters’ slot in the prestigious University INSIGHTS Public Lecture series Six nominees will be selected to receive a certificate and expert training in public speaking. From this shortlist, three final winners will then be chosen to present in the Public Lectures series on Tuesday, 5 May 2015; they will also receive a small cash prize.

Judges will be looking for confident presenters who are able to explain their research clearly to a broad audience.

Nominations must be from academic members of staff. Nomination form below:

The deadline for nominations is Friday, 16 January 2015.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at

MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Final

The final of the competition was on 1st October in London.

We learnt in August that Tom Hall, an Institute of Neuroscience PhD student was one of 13 finalists in the MRC Max Perutz Science Writing competition. The competition asks MRC funded PhD students to write 800 words about why their research is important so that a non-science audience can understand it.

 The final of this years competition was on 1st October and we can now announce that Tom was awarded a commendation for his article: 'Brain computer interfaces: science fiction or science future?'

First place went to Christoffer van Tulleken (UCL), and second place was awarded to Wiebke Nahrendorf from the MRC National Institute for Medical Research.

Well done Tom, we hope to be able to publish his article in full here soon.

You can find the full story on the MRC website, here.

Launch of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre

We are delighted to announce the launch of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University which will take place on 24th November 2014. We are very much looking forward to this exciting launch at the Centre for Life and we would like you to join us in our celebrations.We have confirmed speakers from around the world who have personal connections to Newcastle and Lord John Walton who have made an outstanding contribution to science. 


Please click on the following link to register for this exciting event at and please feel free to share it with your colleagues. 

Katie Bushby, Volker Straub, Hanns Lochmuller 



Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne offer a broad choice of possibilities in different fields of biological, biomedical or public health research in the context of the outstanding scientific environment of Lausanne. Talented and motivated candidates who have or will have obtained Masters or equivalent degrees before Autumn 2015 are invited to submit their application before 1st November 2014. The PhD program offers fellowships in laboratories of our Faculty. More information about the Doctoral School, host laboratories, potential thesis directors and application procedure can be obtained at our

website :

North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG)

The North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG) is a wonderful opportunity for postgraduate students to present their research findings through oral and poster presentations. Abstract submission closes on Friday 1st August, so we recommend you submit your abstract today!  The conference – organised by postgraduates for postgraduates – is now in its 9th successive year and has become the largest annual conference for bioscience and medical research postgraduate students in the UK. Abstract submission is easy. Simply review our abstract submission guidelines here, then click "Submit an abstract to the conference" and complete the on-line form. To book your place at this fantastic event please click hereDelegate registration is free and will close on  Friday 26th September. Further information regarding NEPG 2014 can be found at: Please also see the attached poster and information leaflet.


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