Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up from the three faculty heats held in March. They will go through to the University final to be held next Wednesday 10th May where Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen will preside over the judges.

The six University finalists are:
Aisha Bismillah (Department of Chemistry)
Catherine Ellis (School of Modern Languages and Cultures)
Jonathan Millican (Department of Chemistry)
Claire Reed (School of Education)
Xin Shao (School of Education)
Matthew Williams (Department of Theology and Religion)

The final will take place in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, from 1.45pm on Wednesday 10th May. Everyone welcome.

Conference and event grant awards

Applications are invited from individual and teams of doctoral researchers at Durham University responsible for organising short-term, well-defined conferences and events of a subject-specific, interdisciplinary or generic nature.

The next deadline is 21 November, with decisions announced by mid-December.

Please see guidance notes and an application form here.


Introduction to the News Media

The Science Media Centre are hosting a news media session.

All scientists, engineers and clinicians are invited to the Introduction the the News Media session on Tuesday 15 November 2016. It will be held at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. The event will take place from 12.30 until 17.00 with drinks afterwards.

You can find out more here.

CFP Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, April 2017

Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal is the biannual online, double-blind peer-reviewed, open access interdisciplinary research journal of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick. We are inviting high-quality interdisciplinary submissions from researchers at all stages of their careers in all academic fields.

For the April 2017 edition of the journal, we particularly welcome submissions which will contribute to a themed section on ‘Collaboration’. Collaboration is essential to research within and across many disciplines. To tackle global issues and make a positive impact on society, researchers form networks not only with each other but also with a wide range of organisations at national and international level to share expertise and resources (funding, specialised equipment, etc.) and to generate and analyse large amount of data. Despite the many opportunities it affords, collaborative work can sometimes be problematic. Exchanges reflects on the promises, achievements, and pitfalls of collaboration and how some of the shortcomings and issues arising from it can be overcome.

Submissions which do not engage with the theme ‘Collaboration’ are also welcome.

We publish a variety of content:

Conversation (3-5,000 words)

  • Interviews with leading academics

Articles (5-6,000 words)

  • Research articles

Review Articles (3-5,000 words)

  • Literature reviews

Critical Reflection (1-3,000 words)

  • Reflection on a conference, symposium or workshop
  • Shorter, focused discussion of emerging research
  • Highlights of important research in your field and its significance
  • Book reviews

Please submit online at by 30 November 2016.  If you have any queries, please email the Senior Editor, Yuexi Liu, at

Webinar: measuring and increasing the impact of your research

Kudos Educational Researcher Webinar – Wednesday 31st August 2016
Increase and evidence the impact of your published work

Co-hosted with Kudos, Altmetric, ORCID and Thomson Reuters, this session will give you hints and tips on how to promote your work effectively, measure current reach and how to further increase the impact of your work (reach, altmetrics and citations) – all in one place.

Find out more and register here –

Any questions, please do email and we will happily help.


Communicating your Research

Durham Postgraduates may be interested in taking an online training course on Communicating your Research. Enter your DUO login details when requested.

The course will help you to identify the most appropriate channels – from traditional publishing to media and new media – in order to communicate effectively with your key audiences. The course provides support on developing a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Have a look at the wide range of online courses (from research methods and management to teaching) available here.

Durham student wins third prize at regional Three-Minute Thesis competition

The regional Three-Minute Thesis competition took place on 15 June 2016 at Newcastle University. 13 postgraduate researchers from the five North East universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside) competed against each other, among them Andrew Robertson, Will Cowley and Chris Jones from Durham University. Chris from the Chemistry Department won the third prize with his presentation titled ‘Ropemaking with helical gel fibres’. Congratulations!

Winners of Three-Minute Thesis competition 2016

Winners of Faculty Heats:

Arts & Humanities:

Carissa Foo, English Studies:

Phenomenology of Place in Early Twentieth Century Women’s Writing


Catherine Blackwell, Department of Chemistry:

Biodegradable Polyurethanes

Social Sciences & Health:

Claire Reed, School of Education: Exploring the purpose and function of the shadow education system.

 Winners of the University Final:

Winner:                       Jenny Horrocks, Department of Geography:

How did Antarctica react to past warm periods?


Runner-up:                  Claire Reed, School of Education:

Exploring the purpose and function of the shadow education system.


People’s choice           Jenny Horrocks, Department of Geography:

How did Antarctica react to past warm periods?

Jenny will participate in the 3MT online semi-final organised by VITAE.