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Medical Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Public Lecture Prize


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. 

Supervisor Support Sessions


In April 2018 the Graduate School will be running a series of support and advice sessions for supervisors focusing on research student recruitment, assessment and examination, career planning and supervisory best practice. Prospective, new and established supervisors are invited to attend any or all of these sessions. Among the topics for discussion will be how to ensure that students record their supervisory meetings and what your responsibilities are if they are not recorded adequately. There will be opportunities for open discussion and the sessions will benefit from the input and experiences of all. Lunch will be provided.

Assessment & Examinations
Wednesday 11th April (12:00-14.00)
Details and booking

Recruiting Research Students & Nurturing their Careers
Wednesday 18th April (12:00-14.00)
Details and booking

Developing Researchers & Managing Expectations
Wednesday 25th April (12:00-14.00)
Details and booking

The venue for all the sessions is the Graduate Training Suite, MG207, Ground Floor, Cookson Building. 

Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prizes


Congratulations to our most recent Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prize winners.

Charlotte Alston (IoN) receives this award for her thesis  ‘Improving the genetic diagnosis of mitochondrial disease using custom next-generation sequencing strategies’.  The prize is in recognition of an excellent thesis, data and high impact publications which have led to direct patient benefit.

Jessica Richardson (IGM) was awarded this prize in recognition of being an outstanding candidate whose work has given rise to a co-authorship in Nature and a first authorship in Stem Cells.  Jessica’s thesis title is ‘The effect of pronuclear transfer on human preimplantation development’.

What is the Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prize?

The Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prize recognises outstanding quality of research carried out during doctoral research studies. Nominations for the prize come from examiners and can be PhD, MB or DDS candidates.  Nominations are considered and agreed biannually by the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the FMS Graduate School Committee.

More information:


Image: Charlotte Alson, Photographer  Dru Dodd (


Scientific Facilities Conference 2018: Practicalities of ‘Omics


Tuesday 20 March 2018

David Shaw Lecture Theatre

The Annual Scientific Facilities Conference returns this year as Practicalities of ‘Omics, with talks based around our Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Genomics, and High Throughput Screening Facilities.

Full details including Registration and the Draft Programme can all be found online

More news from the Facilities can be found in the latest Quarterly Newsletter – featuring details of new equipment, publications, forthcoming events, job vacancies, and an update on the Facilities Management Software.
Keep up to date with developments in the Facilities – sign up to receive the newsletter directly.



{react} Magazine Issue 10 Launch Celebration


As {react} magazine marks its 10th issue, join us for a celebration in the historic Palace of Arts, home of Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park.

Run by science students at Newcastle University, {react} aims to inform those interested in science or science-based research, providing an insight not only into the end products of research but all activities that go on behind the red brick doors of Newcastle’s science departments.

Join us on Thursday 1st February from 5.00 - 6.30 pm for food and drinks as we commemorate six years of {react} and look forward to the future. 

All are welcome but please register for the event here so we can keep track of numbers. 

You can read past issues of {react} online at If you would like to get involved with the magazine please contact

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