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Public Lecture Prize 2016 - Nominations Open


The Graduate School has been allocated a slot in the prestigious Newcastle University INSIGHTS Public Lecture series and we are seeking nominations for our fourth Public Lecture Prize Event. Previous competition winners have been a fantastic success, impressing the public lecture audience with their clarity, professionalism and the engaging way in which they explained their research projects. Detail of previous events can be found in these links for 2011, 2013 and 2015

Six of the students nominated will be chosen to receive specialist training in delivery and content selection. There will then be a further selection process and three finalists will be selected to present their work at the INSIGHTS event on 17th November 2016. They will receive a small cash prize and a certificate to mark their achievement.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 20th July.  

Information for students: If you are a doctoral student (PhD, MD and D.Clin.Psy) and an experienced presenter we encourage you to seek a nomination from your supervisor or other academic staff who have seen your presentations. Nominations must be from academic members of staff.


Information for supervisors: If you supervise a doctoral student (PhD, MD and D.Clin.Psy) with a talent for presenting we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with them and consider nominating them for the competition. 


Judges will be looking for confident presenters who are able to explain their research clearly to a broad audience and they will try to attend any of the student’s forthcoming presentations if possible. 

The nomination form is at

If you have any questions about the competition, please email

Practicalities of Cellular Analysis

This year's event covers practicalities and techniques in bioimaging, electron microscopy, preclinical imaging and flow cytometry. Please visit the website for further information. Admission: Admission free but please register Contact for further information: Helen Neat Tel: 0191 208 3505 Email:

UFAW research scholarship for CBE student

Newcastle researchers awarded prestigious research scholarship to develop lifetime animal welfare assessment tools

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) has awarded a doctorate level Research Training Scholarship to Elena Armstrong of Newcastle University. With only one scholarship awarded internationally every three years, the award serves to highlight the quality of animal welfare research at Newcastle University. Under the supervision of a team of researchers led by Dr Tom Smulders (Institute of Neuroscience) and comprising Drs Tim Boswell and Jonathan Guy (also of Newcastle University) and Vicky Sandilands (Scotland's Rural College) Elena will investigate the lifetime welfare of chickens by testing whether changes in the birds’ brains reflect their levels of stress. For more information see the UFAW website  or for general enquires about animal welfare at Newcastle contact the University’s UFAW Link, Lucy Asher

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.



Registration for the NuGO Short Course closes in less than 3 weeks!


Personalised Nutrition: from scientific discovery to interventions

Date: 5-7th July 2016,
Venue: University of Newcastle – The CORE (
City: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Course Organisers: Prof John Mathers, Dr Fiona Malcomson, Mrs Michelle Barr

This course is aimed at postgraduate students and post-doctorates who are interested in the design and delivery of personalised nutrition interventions. Topics covered will include links between genetics and nutrition, the health implications of personalised nutrition interventions and recent advances in technology.

Register for the course here 

Registration closes Monday 13 June 2016  

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