The Regional Three-Minute Thesis Competition took place on 11th June at the Durham Law School. Contestants from Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside Universities as well as the University of Sunderland presented their research. It was fascinating to see the broad range of topics that the regional universities’ postgraduates engage in.
The winner of the competition is Raveen Kaur Sandher from the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University. Raveen’s title was ‘Spermatogonial stem cells: a route to preserving fertility’. Currently male childhood cancer survivors have no method of preserving their fertility prior to embarking on cancer treatment. Her project is aimed at addressing this problem by optimising culture and cryopreservation of human spermatogonial cells.
The runner-up and people’ choice is Patrick Low from the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland. Patrick’s title was ‘Privacy, Punishment and the Press: Capital Punishment in the North East 1750-1880’. The spectre of the scaffold loomed large over c18th and 19th England, but the universality of its reception and reach is the subject of increasing debate. His thesis challenges the frequently London centric narrative by analysing the North East experience of execution: An experience that challenges many dominant understandings.
Congratulations to them, but also to all the other participants including our two Durham representatives Rachel Dunn and Tom Rodger!
We are looking forward to next year’s regional competition which will be hosted by Newcastle University.