The Ede and Ravenscroft Prize is awarded annually on behalf of Senate by the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize Committee to a postgraduate research student on the basis of a high standard of achievement. The members of the Prize Committee are:

  • Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Chair
  • Professor Edmund Keogh, Member of University Research Student Committee and Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Professor Tina Düren, Faculty of Engineering and Design  
  • Professor David Galbreath, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Professor Orietta Marsili, School of Management

The winner of the 2018 prize was Hope Christie, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

The title of Hope’s presentation was ‘Let Flowers Grow in Dirt - Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Parents and Their Parenting Outcomes’. In her talk, Hope explained her research into parents who have developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the impact this can have on parenting behaviours and the parent-child relationship. By learning about parents’ experiences across a variety of international settings, through work in the United Kingdom as well as in South Africa, Hope has gained more knowledge of the characteristics and constraints of contexts which may pose different levels of trauma risk and different parenting challenges.

The Committee based their decision on both Hope’s presentation and the more detailed account of her research in her nomination paper.

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair of the Prize Committee, said:

“The judging panel were struck by the very high quality of entries to the competition, and were delighted to note the diversity of doctoral research that was presented. The breadth of speakers lined up as finalists speaks to the success of the Prize as well as to the outstanding contribution being made by our research students across the University.”

The Committee were pleased to be able to invite five postgraduate research students from a range of disciplines and research projects to present their work. The quality of research was agreed to be exceptional and the ability of presenters to communicate their area of expertise to a general audience was commended. The Committee enjoyed all the presentations and welcomed the questions and comments of the audience.

The other finalists were:

  • Karen Camargo Sosa - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Terry Chapman - Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Faculty of Science
  • Nick Stewart - Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Andreas Theodorou - Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science

See previous winners of the Ede & Ravenscroft prize.