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Brilliant Club 2016-17 Recruitment Now Open


The Brilliant Club has now opened recruitment for its 2016-17 autumn placements, which offer doctoral and post-doctoral researchers a flexible, meaningful and competitively-paid teaching opportunity.

The Brilliant Club is a charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with groups of high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to secure places at top universities. In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more on:

Monday 17th October, 13:00-14:00 pm, G21/22, Ground Floor, Devonshire Building. Please register here

You can read more about how placements work in the 2016-17 Recruitment Flyer (PDF, 679KB)

Faculty Research Lecture chaired by Prof Cees Dekker



Date: 6th October 2016

Venue: Research Beehive 2.21/2.22


Introduction to new Faculty Seminar Series

Professor John Simpson


Probing how bacteria choose their size with single cell microscopy and microfluidics.

Dr Seounjung Lee, Research Associate,ICaMB


Post Doc/ PhD Student talk - to be confirmed


Exploring the Matrix

Dr Daniel Frankel, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials


Introduction to keynote speaker

Professor Jeff Errington, Director of the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, ICaMB


From pattern formation of cell-division proteins in shaped bacteria towards bottom up assembly of a synthetic divisome.

Professor Cees Dekker, Director, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology


Drinks Reception


Prof Cees Dekker

Cees Dekker is Director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, Distinguished University Professor at Delft, and KNAW Royal Academy Professor. He received his undergraduate degree in 1983 in Experimental Physics at the University of Utrecht, where he also received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1988, on “Two-dimensional spin glasses”. Following his Ph.D., he received an assistant professorship position at the University of Utrecht, and did research at IBM Yorktown Heights in 1990/91. In 1993 he moved to Delft University of Technology. He has since become a full professor of Molecular Biophysics, and was the founding chair of a new Department of Bionanoscience, which aims to foster research at the intersection between nanophysics and molecular, synthetic, and cell biology.

Dr. Dekker has received numerous awards, including the Nanoscience Prize from the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering for “outstanding discoveries and contributions to the field of (biomolecular) nanoscale science and technology”. He has over 270 publications, including over 20 in Nature and Science, and an H-index of 87. In 2001, his work was selected as “Breakthrough of the year” by the journal Science, and his publications have received over 48,000 total citations, with an annual rate of over 3,000 per year.

Trained as a solid-state physicist, Dr. Dekker discovered many of the exciting electronic properties of carbon nanotubes in the 1990s, such that they behave as quantum coherent molecular wires and can act as a single-molecule transistor at room temperature. Since 2000, he shifted the main focus of his research towards the biophysics of single biomolecules and nanobiology. Specifically, his work has ranged from single-molecule DNA supercoiling studies on DNA-protein complexes such as nucleosomes and DNA-repair proteins, to DNA translocation through solid-state nanopores, to biophysics of bacteria in nanofabricated structures. Recently his research has focused on studying cell division with bacteria on chip, while his ultimate interest is in the direction of realizing synthetic cells.

New Dean of Research & Innovation


From 1st October Prof Derek Mann takes up the post of Dean of Research & Innovation. This appointment completes the Faculty’s restructuring of the research dean portfolios into Translational Research and Research & Innovation.  Thank you to Prof Debs Henderson for her contribution to the Faculty during her time as Dean of Research & Innovation (non-clinical).


Prof Janet Wilson to give the 2016 Semon Lecture


Prof Janet Wilson (IHS) will be presenting the prestigious Semon Lecture for the Royal Society of Medicine in November.  Her lecture will be titled ‘Semon’s laryngological legacy: Acumen, research and innovation’. 

Who was Sir Felix Semon?
Sir Felix Semon was not only an early clinical academic but also one of the very first true clinical specialists in the field of laryngology. Born in Germany, he studied medicine at Heidelberg and Berlin. He moved to London in 1874 and developed the first surgical treatments for throat cancer. In 1893 he founded the Laryngological Society of London. He was knighted in 1897, the same year he treated the 23 year old Winston Churchill for a lisp.
The Semon Lecture was inaugurated by the University of London in 1909, during his lifetime, thanks to the large amount of money subscribed by his friends and admirers when he gave up his practice.

Janet's background

Janet combines being a consultant ENT surgeon at the Freeman Hospital with her research based in the Institute of Health and Society where she benefits from close links with Nikki Rousseau and Research Design Service and gets invaluable support from Lesley Hall and the Clinical Trials Unit team. Janet’s current grant income totals over £5.6 million.

Under Janet’s leadership, the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery academic department has developed one of the largest and most productive ENT research programmes in the country. NE Regional Head and Neck consultants are CIs on four major NIHR funded HTA trials and we hope to secure two further national trials over the next 12 months.   The team also has an active programme of basic science and translational work in the field of upper airway immunity including projects in the sinonasal tract, subglottis and middle ear cleft in conjunction with Profs Simpson, Fisher, Mann, Pearson and Dr Chris Ward, and a project in autophagy in head and neck cancer with Prof Penny Lovat.

'It as a tremendous honour to be invited to give the 2016 Semon Lecture'  Prof Janet Wilson



Great North Children's Research Community Conference

Research Influencing Everyday Practice

10 March 2017 at Sage, Gateshead 

Keynote Speaker: Simon Denegri, Chair INVOLVE and NIHR, National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research

Conference Sessions include:

  • Results from Clinical Trials
  • Mechanisms of health conditions
  • Use of cohorts and registries
  • Child Health and Society

Early Bird rates are available until 31 October 2016.

For further information, please contact   


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