Prizes and Awards

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Engineering YES - Winners 2018!

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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

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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 https://ne-pg.co.uk/

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!


Medical Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Public Lecture Prize

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On 17th May, Clare Willis, Ríona Mc Ardle and Julia Whitehall delivered talks on their research as part of the INSIGHTS public lecture series.

On Thursday 17th May, winners of the Faculty of Medical Sciences postgraduate public speaking prize were invited to present their work to the public as part of the INSIGHTS Public Lecture Series.
 
The event was introduced by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Suzanne Cholerton, who also presented the prizes at the end. 
 
Prize winners and talks were:
Ríona Mc Ardle (Institute of Neuroscience) - What can walking tell us about dementia?
Julia Whitehall (Institute of Neuroscience) - As we age, do our biological batteries promote bowel cancer?
Clare Willis (Institute for Cell & Molecular Biosciences) - It's a small, small world

You can see more photos from the event on the Graduate School Facebook Page

We are grateful to the INSIGHTS team for this opportunity to showcase the quality of the work being undertaken by our PGR community and the talent for science communication that exists within our faculty. 






Third year PhD student wins top prize for cystic fibrosis research

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Third year PhD student, Sara Cuevas Ocaña, (co-supervised by Dr Mike Gray and Prof Neil Perkins in ICaMB) recently won the Annual UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s (CF) got TALENT event.

Sara was chosen to present her work by a panel of 'lay' people who are part of the wider CF community. The event was live-streamed through the CF Trust's Facebook page and people voted on-line.

She was presented her prize, an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2018 Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis meeting in Denver, USA  by Olympian, Roger Black. 

Congratulations Sara!  Find out more about her win. 

 

 

 


North East Postgraduate Conference 2016 - Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the following prize winners from last week's excellent North East PostGraduate (NEPG) Conference, selected by the organisers from a very competitive field.

Oral Presentations

Winner

Felix Chan (PhD, IoN) 'A novel in vitro brain slice model of mitochondrial epilepsy: "a dual hit hypothesis"'

Runners-up

Ben McCullough (PhD, NICR) 'Response to MDM2-p53 binding antagonists in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia'
Sara Cuevas Ocana (PhD, ICaMB) 'Gene editing of human embryonic stem cells to generate a physiologically relevant model of cystic fibrosis airway epithelium'

Poster Presentations

Winner

Majid Althaqafy (PhD, IH&S) 'Hepatitis B, measles and varicella infections, among newly recruited military and healthcare employees in the Saudi National Guard: Associated knowledge, concerns and barriers to vaccination'

Runners-up 

Claire Ford (PhD, Northumbria) 'Preoperative pain planning for day case surgery patients: myth or reality?'
Eleanor Klejnow (MBBS) 'Mutational profiling of hyperdiploidy acute myeloid leukaemia using next generation sequencing technology'

Warmest congratulations to all the prize winners.


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