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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.

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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

North East Postgraduate Conference


Once again this year's North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG) was a tremendous success, providing research students from the region (and well beyond) a great opportunity to share their work and discuss a broad range of research topics. The conference is entirely student led and organised and, as a token the our gratitude for their fantastic efforts,  the Graduate School and Faculty awarded this years' organisers the prize of a celebratory dinner.

We would especially like to mention to the two lead organisers who took on an incredible amount of work to make the conference such a fantastic event - congratulations to Yasmin Ahmed and Abbie Kelly (both PhD candidates in ICaMB)

The NEPG is now a critical element of the cohort training provided for our Doctoral Training Partnership students from the BBSRC and MRC, so it is vital to the Faculty and University. We think it’s really important that research students are involved in deciding what the conference should be like, so here is your chance to be involved in NEPG 2018: there will be an initial meeting to find out more about being part of the organising team on Wednesday 13 December, from 13.00-14.00. Please register here.

Remember, many hands make light work so please make the most of this opportunity and get involved. The best way to make the NEPG the conference you most want to go to is to get involved in organising it!

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