Prizes and Awards

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3MT University Final - Results


After a fantastic final we’re thrilled to announce the prize winners from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) University Competition.

After a fantastic final we’re thrilled to announce the prize winners from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) University Competition that took place on 5th June at the Great North Musueum. Judges from across the three faculties awarded the following prizes:

1st: Elizabeth Schlappa (HASS) 'Going solo: The threat of the masturbating woman in the Eighteenth Century'
2nd: Sarah Corsi (FMS) 'A teeny weeny solution for a big problem'
Joint 3rd places: Gemma Roberts (FMS) 'Listen to your heart: The key to diagnosing an under-recognised cause of dementia' and Harriet Stanway (SaGE) 'Drug Discovery: From PE Kits to Paracetamol'.

Many congratulations to Elizabeth, Sarah, Gemma and Harriet!  

As the winner, Elizabeth Schlappa will go on to represent the university in the 3MT national competition with her utterly brilliant presentation: ‘Going solo: The threat of the masturbating woman in the Eighteenth Century’ making visible how prevalent historical ideas of gender inform our society today. Elizabeth is studying for a doctorate in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


All four prize winners will go on to compete in the 3MT Regional Final on 2nd July at St Wilfred's RC College in South Shields against regional competitors from Sunderland and Teeside University. We wish them the best of luck!

About the Vitae 3MT Competition 
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition asks doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken wordpresentation on their research in just three minutes using only one slide. Originally developed by the University of Queensland, Australia it has been taken up by Universities across the world. The competition offers training thenthe opportunity to compete in a University final in front of the public. More information can be foundat 



Engineering YES - Winners 2018!


Team 'Lactolab' made up PhD students from Newcastle, Durham and Liverpool Universities win prize at Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)

Congratulations to Beth Gollan, PhD student in ICaMB, who was part of the successful team that has won the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) Engineering Competition 2018, which was held at the Royal Society in London on 11th December.

The winning team, LactoLab, was supported by the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham BBSRC DTP and was made up of students from the three partner Universities. They pitched hypothetical business plan on how to reduce non-degradable single-use plastic in labs by providing a compostable alternative using food industry by-products. Their leap of imagination was to create a plastic that is rendered chemically and biologically inert through a novel coating. LactoLab said: “Overcoming the challenge of being from separate universities really brought us together as a team, we have loved participating in YES and it has made us consider a career in business! We are so delighted to have won and will definitely be keeping in touch with our new friends from across the country.”

If you're interested in getting involved in the scheme in the future, there is a workshop happening as part of the PGR Skills Development Programme and you can book a place online here. Look out for the university wide call out for the next YES teams in April/May 2019.

NEPG 2018 Conference - Prizes


A huge congratulations to the North East Post Graduate Committee for hosting a fantastic NEPG Conference at Newcastle Civic Centre earlier this month (9th November). Opening with a keynote talk by Dr Giles Yeo and hosting workshops and events throughout the day, including the Women in Science Panel discussion and Scientific writing workshop, the theme of ‘Engagement’ brought postgraduate students together from across the country to Newcastle.

For more information on the programme please visit

Throughout the conference, presentations and a poster competition provided the opportunity for students to compete against their peers from many UK universities. This year the winners are:


Presentation Awards – Academic

1st Benjamin Clegg, Newcastle University

2nd Rochelle Hockney, Teeside University


Presentation Awards – Engagement

1st- Joseph Smith, Newcastle University

2nd – Sarah Hill, Newcastle University


qPCR Prize

Ben McCullough, Newcastle University


Poster Awards

1st Olivier Tardy, University of Sheffield

2nd Rosamund Clifford, University of Leeds


Congratulations to all the students who were awarded these prizes and a special thanks to Hannah Merrick and Siobhan Lister, lead organisers of NEPG 2018 for putting together a brilliant day. Roll on 2019!

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