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Nominations wanted for the University’s INSIGHTS Public Lecture Prize 2019 – Deadline 30th June 2019

The Graduate School is seeking nominations for the University’s INSIGHTS Public Lecture Prize 2019 – Deadline 30th June 2019

We are inviting nominations for research students (PhD, MD, DClin.Psy… including those who have completed their thesis in the previous 6 months) to present at this year’s Insights public lecture series. Judges will be looking for students who have a talent for presenting and are capable of delivering a public lecture with clarity, professionalism and in an engaging way. The best six of the nominees will receive specialist training in public speaking and content selection, after which a shortlist of three final winners will be chosen to present their work in the Public Lecture series.

Nominations must be from supervisors or other academic members of staff and we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with any students you are considering nominating for the competition. This really is a fantastic opportunity for students to present their research at a high-profile public event so we would urge you to put someone forward.


This year the INSIGHT’s Public lecture prize will take place on 21st November 2019, 17:00-19:00

N.b. If the student has submitted their PhD (and passed) by this date, they are still eligible to take part.

Nominate someone using this form –

Applications open for the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition 2020

From the event website:

The Summer Science Exhibition is a free, week-long festival celebrating the cutting edge of UK science. Over the course of the exhibition we welcome around 14,000 visitors. As a rough breakdown, this includes around 10,000 members of the public; 2,200 school students and teachers from all over the UK; and 1,500 invited guests as part of our Soiree evenings, including representatives from media, government and policy influencers.

As the Royal Society’s longest standing and largest public event, exhibiting is an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your research.

We welcome applications from academic institutions and industry who have innovative and exciting research to showcase which can form the basis of a fun, interactive and hands-on exhibition stand. Applications can be made indiviually or in collaboration. The lead applicant must be a senior researcher based in the UK. Exhibitors may wish to jointly submit proposals with their collaborators and other research groups, and may also recruit undergraduates and students to build your exhibit team.

Your exhibit should be engaging for a visitor who doesn’t have a scientific background, and include interactive activities. All exhibit spaces are a standard size of 3m x 3m, or 4m x 2m. If successful in your application to exhibit in 2020, representatives of your exhibit group will be invited to the Planning Day at the Royal Society in early December. At this event the Society provides guidance on designing exhibits and you will get a chance to tour the exhibition space. Some exhibitors from the previous year also attend to share their experiences. During the lead-up to the exhibition in July 2020, our Public Engagement team will be on hand to support you through the stages of your exhibit development. In addition we provide media and communication skills training for members of each exhibit, along with resources you can take back to train your whole team.

Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, industrial partners, research councils or other relevant bodies that support public engagement with science and engineering to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Royal Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A limited ‘support fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Find out how to apply

If you have any questions, email or call on +44 20 7451 2582

Better Together: A Group Consultation Public Engagement Event on Care and Research. 19th of June 2019 1:30pm

Better Together: The Evidence Behind the Headlines. A Group Consultation Public Engagement Event on Care and Research.

Wednesday 19th June, 13:30-15:30, Baddiley-Clark Seminar room, Baddiley-Clark Building, Newcastle University FREE

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Festival of Medical Research, taking place between 13-23 June 2019, aims to share and celebrate medical research and its contribution to health, the economy and society.  Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and Newcastle University, funded by the MRC and Versus Arthritis.

Join CIMA in Newcastle for a chance to see how care is delivered in group consultations and ask questions about healthcare problems including problems with muscles, bones and joints. Group consultations allow a two-way discussion about research, so some of our students, junior scientists and leading researchers will talk briefly in lay terms about their work and how it impacts on your everyday life, including where this might lead to new treatments and what research you might take part in locally for common problems like osteoarthritis.

Talks will include:

  • Overview of CIMA and its core aims – John Loughlin, CIMA Director (Newcastle) and Principal Investigator
  • Food, exercise and healthy ageing – Ellie Hayes, MRes/PhD student)
  • Our genes and our joints – Ellie Parker, Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Lab experiments to enhance surgical treatments of arthritis – Tony Sorial, Academic Clinical Fellow

This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Please book using this link:

Would you like to share your passion for medical science with young people?

The Faculty is looking for speakers to take part in the Mini Medical School 2019, a series of interactive public lectures for 15-18 year olds. The lectures will take place each Thursday evening in November at the Medical School and we are looking for academics and researchers to deliver 90 minute, interactive lectures on a variety of topics to an audience of up to 400 young people interested in pursuing a career in Medical Science.

To get involved please email

Rare Disease Day symposium a success

The International Rare Disease Day Symposium on ‘Bridging Health & Social Care’ organised by the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre and the IGM explored the often hidden needs & burden of rare diseases and showcased examples of how patients can receive more integrated, joined-up and holistic care to help them navigate health & social systems, receive high quality info on their conditions, and feel empowered