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Faculty of Science Doctoral Thesis Awards – winners announced

The initiative, which was commissioned by the Faculty of Science, offered awards of up to £500 for the best PhD theses from each of the Faculty of Science PhD-awarding departments and centres.

Supervisors were invited to nominate their eligible students. Each Department convened a panel of internal and external academics to review the nominations and choose the successful candidate(s).

Congratulations to everyone who received a prize. We are now in the process of contacting the winners to make arrangements to present the awards. The full list of winners is as follows:

Chemistry (shared prize)

Kim McKelvey: ‘New Approaches and Application in Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopy’

Emanuele Maggio: ‘Theory of the Charge Recombination Reaction Rate in Dye Sensitised Solar Cells’.

Computer Science

Xin Lu: ‘Efficient Algorithms for Scalable Video Coding’.


Hin Kwan (Roland) Wong: ‘Study of the Best Linear Approximation of Nonlinear Systems with Arbitrary Inputs’.

Life Sciences (two prizes of £500 awarded – additional funding was provided by the School of Life Sciences)

John Suberu: ‘Analysis of Plant Materials for Molecules of Pharmaceutical Importance’

Lawrence Davies: ‘The Effect of Non-UV Light on Crop Protection Product Degradation and Soil Microbial Community Structure and Function’.

Mathematics (four prizes of £250 each – additional funding was provided by the Institute of Mathematics)

David Bate: “Structure of Measures in Lipschitz Differentiability Spaces”

Gareth Speight: “Porosity and Differentiability”

Robert Tang: “Covering Maps and Hulls in the Curve Complex”

Sebastian Vollmer: “Efficient MCMC and Posterior Consistency for Bayesian Inverse Problems”.


Oliver Alderman: ‘The Structure of Vitreous Binary Oxides: Silicate, Germanate and Plumbite Networks’.


Joana Lourenco: ‘Task Interference Effects in Prospective Memory’.

The John Copas Prize in Statistics

Alexandre Thiery: ‘Scaling Analysis of MCMC Algorithms’.


James Mackrill: ‘Understanding and Improving the Perception of a Hospital Ward Soundscape’.