The Doctoral College welcomed over 180 guests to its Doctoral Research Celebration Evening on Thursday 13 June 2024 at Komedia. The evening was an opportunity for students and staff to come together to celebrate community achievements. The evening included our annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Final, the presentation of our Doctoral Recognition Awards and Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prizes, the Godfrey and Sue Hall Postgraduate Research Student Prize.

Hosted by Prof Joe Devine, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Doctoral) and Dr Rachel Arnold, Academic Director (Doctoral), both spoke highly of the contributions from those within our community:

'Doctoral programmes go far beyond just completing research projects or submitting a thesis. A large part of the doctoral journey is about connecting with an inclusive and ambitious learning community to develop both personally and professionally. We thank you all for your ongoing contributions to nurturing and enhancing doctoral research excellence at the University of Bath by growing research quality, achievement and impact, and promoting an inclusive and collaborative research community'

During the evening, we also celebrated our Research Roadshow project, a collaborative project between the Doctoral College and the Bath Medical Museum providing opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills whilst disseminating their work within the community.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the event. In particular, we would like to recognise the following individuals who were awarded prizes.

3MT Competition

3MT® celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to present their entire thesis - usually around 80,000 words - in just three minutes. Students are allowed to use one PowerPoint slide and no other resources.

Congratulations to Zhuoling Yu, Department of Chemical Engineering who was the winner of our Judges' Choice at the 3MT Final.

Zhuoling's topic was 'Future, Fast and Fight: Empowering Precision Medicine by Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing' Zhuoling will go on to compete in the UK National Final hosted by Vitae. Congratulations and best wishes to Zhuoling.

Congratulations also to Lucy Merrell, Department for Health who was the winner of our Peoples' Choice award.

We would also like to recognise the other 3MT finalists who competed on the evening and delivered some fantastic presentations:

  • Doug Tilley, Department of Computer Science, (ART-AI)- 'From Coffee to Care: Revolutionizing Stroke Rehabilitation with Soft Exoskeletons'
  • Joshua Tenn, Department of Computer Science (ART AI) - 'Using Human Knowledge and AI Advice Responsibly.'
  • Nai Lang, Department of Education - 'Open the doors'

Doctoral Recognition Awards

The Doctoral Recognition Awards, organised by the Doctoral College, recognise students and staff who have made contributions to enhancing the doctoral student experience. Recipients of the 2024 awards can be found below:

Student Awards Staff Awards
Alex Maclellan, Department of Psychology Alice Gibbons, Doctoral College
Alexz Farrall, Department of Computer Science (Centre for Digital Entertainment)​ Alicia Cork, Department of Psychology
Annabel Burnley, Department of Psychology​ Aurelien Mondon, Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Beth Stokes, Department of Mathematical Sciences (SAMBa)​ Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Department of Chemistry
Caitlin Naylor, Department of Psychology​ Brit Davidson, School of Management
Dan Zhao, Department of Education​ Carolin Villforth, Department of Physics
Daniel Beechey, Department of Computer Science (ART-AI)​ Chenchen Huang, School of Management​
Dessi Bocheva, School of Management​ Christina Horvath, Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Doug Tilley, Department of Computer Science (ART-AI) Danae Stanton Fraser, Department of Psychology​
Eleanor Nicholls, Department of Life Sciences​ Daniel Loughran, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Haoran Wu, School of Management​ Janina Hoffman, Department of Psychology​
Izzy Fitton, Department of Computer Science (Centre for Digital Entertainment)​ Florence Leung, Department of Psychology
Jesse Wise, Department of Psychology (AAPS)​ Ioannis Costas Batlle, Department of Education
Jess Harvey, Department for Health (SWDTP)​ Jacqueline Stockley, Doctoral College
Joseph Marvin Imperial, Department of Computer Science (ART-AI) Jeff Thompson, Department of Education​
Joshua Evans, Department of Computer Science Jonathan James, Department of Economics​
Kareem Abushama, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Katherine Button, Department of Psychology
Kat Phillips, Department of Mathematical Sciences (SAMBa) Katharine Fraser, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ellie Jarvis, Department of Life Sciences​ Laura Smith, Department of Psychology
Keira Cozens, Department of Life Sciences​ Sooz Swallow, Doctoral College
Lucia Catalina Burtnik Urueta, Department of Psychology Tobacco Control Research Group
Lucy Waldren, Department of Psychology (SWDTP)​ Uriel Matinez Hernandez, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Luma Alsalah, School of Management Yasin Rofcanin, School of Management
Lydia Buckingham, Department of Mathematical Sciences​ AAPS CDT Team
Marlene Staginnus, Department of Psychology (SWDTP)​
Masha Remskar, Department for Health (SWDTP)
Mat Crawley, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Melissa Mitchell, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Mimi Mihailescu, Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Mike Smith, Department of Education
Natalia Lopez Hornickel, Department of Education (SWDTP)
Nathan Roberts, Department of Physics
Rob Peace, Department of Psychology
Seb Scott, Department of Mathematical Sciences (SAMBa)
Vibhor Mathur, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Vienne Hiu Yi Lin, Department of Education

Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize

The Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize is awarded to a supervisor or supervisory team who has demonstrated exceptional performance in doctoral supervision.

Professor Sarah Halligan, Department of Psychology was awarded the University Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize 2024. Well done Sarah.

Winners of the Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision:

  • Prof Sarah Halligan, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Richard Ball, Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • Dr Matthew Jones, Faculty of Science

Godfrey and Sue Hall Postgraduate Research Student Prize

The Godfrey and Sue Hall Postgraduate Research Student Prize, previously known as the Ede and Ravenscroft Postgraduate Research Student Prize, is an annual award for the best postgraduate research student.

The winner of the 2024 Prize went to:

  • Sam Craft, Department of Psychology