Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prizes

Faculty Prizes for Research Students


Each year there are three prizes awarded by the Faculty to research students who have performed exceptionally:

The Ella Ritchie prize for the best PhD thesis

An annual PhD prize of a £200 book token is awarded to a doctoral student in the Faculty whose thesis has been highly commended the examiners. The winner of the award is chosen by the Postgraduate Dean, and ratified by the Faculty’s Graduate School Committee.

The prize is named after Professor Ella Ritchie OBE, who is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University and who for many years was at the forefront of training PhD students, including developing the Doctoral Training Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences, when she was Dean of Postgraduate Studies.

The winners of the PhD Prize are:

2015, Christy Ducker, PhD in English Literature
The title of Christy's thesis is 'How might a 'poetics of rescue' inform contemporary biographical practice?'

2013, Matthew Rech, PhD in Human Geography
The title of Matthew’s thesis was ‘A Critical Geopolitics of RAF recruitment’.

2012, Rosemary Sandford, PhD in English Literature
The title of Rosemary’s thesis was ‘Jack Clemo: Poet in White Silence, A Critical Analysis, and Stripping the Cadaver, A Collection of Poems’.

HASS Faculty Excellence in Research Training Prize

Since it was established in 2007, over 260 doctoral students have been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training. In 2013, a prize £50 (book token) was established for the best overall performance.
The winners of the HASS Faculty Excellence in Research Training Prize in 2016 were Natalie Wortley, PG Certificate in Research Training, and Philip Deans, PhD in Media, Culture and Heritage. There is a full list of past winners.

The Miller Prize

Each year, this prize of a £50 book token is awarded for the best overall performance in the Faculty Research Training Programme modules by a research masters student.

The prize is named after the first external examiner on the Training Programme, Professor Bob Miller, from Queens University, Belfast, who in 2004 suggested we reward the outstanding student in each year.

The winners of the Miller prize in 2016 were Daniela Morgan, MA Politics (Research) and Jonathon Finn, MA Human Geography (Research). There is a full list of past winners.