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The south china new wave: re-examining film philosophy and aesthetics via daoism.
Supervisor: Fan, H. L. V. (Supervisor) & Berry, C. (Supervisor)
Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy
How do the neural correlates of reward anticipation change over one year in adolescent and adult cannabis users and age-matched controls?
Student thesis : Master's Thesis › Master of Science
The Impact of Living with Type 2 Diabetes on Women's Health and Wellbeing during their Reproductive Years
Supervisor: Sturt, J. (Supervisor), Forde, R. (Supervisor) & Forbes, A. (Supervisor)
Exploring Psychological Boundary Conditions of Priming in Promoting Sustainable Consumption
Supervisor: Plangger, K. (Supervisor) & Montecchi, M. (Supervisor)
Staying Connected: The Role of WeChat for Maintaining Family Relationships within Chinese Separated Families
Supervisor: Steemers, J. (Supervisor) & Crisp, V. (Supervisor)
Examining human-environment interactions and their impact on land-cover change during first millennia agriculture in Iberia: An agent-based modelling approach
Supervisor: Millington, J. (Supervisor) & Miles, S. (Supervisor)
Development of implementation recommendations to facilitate the routine collection of patient-reported outcome measures in prostate and gynaecological cancer patients attending a large NHS Centre
Supervisor: Van Hemelrijck, M. (Supervisor) & Guerrero Urbano, T. (Supervisor)
Exploring the role of TET family DNA demethylases in hyperglycaemia-induced endothelial dysfunction
Supervisor: Brewer, A. (Supervisor) & Ivetic, A. (Supervisor)
Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabidiol and Psychosis
Supervisor: McGuire, P. (Supervisor) & Kempton, M. (Supervisor)
Assessing the Impacts of Small Variants in the Giant Sarcomeric Protein Titin Associated with Muscle Disease
Supervisor: Fraternali, F. (Supervisor) & Gautel, M. (Supervisor)
Effect of galectin-9 on Immunoglobulin D surface binding and internalization in pre-basophilic and T cell lines
Supervisor: Beavil, A. (Supervisor) & McDonnell, J. (Supervisor)
The effect of water hardness on atopic eczema and skin barrier function
Supervisor: Flohr, C. (Supervisor) & Peacock, J. (Supervisor)
The relationship between genotype and phenotype in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Supervisor: Al-Chalabi, A. (Supervisor) & Iacoangeli, A. (Supervisor)
Investigating the role of immunogenetic factors in autism spectrum conditions and traits
Supervisor: Murphy, D. (Supervisor), McAlonan, G. (Supervisor) & Bralten, J. (External person) (Supervisor)
Investigation into the consequences of study participation and measurement in psychiatric genetic research
Supervisor: Sham, P. (Supervisor), Lewis, C. M. (Supervisor) & Howard, D. M. (Supervisor)
Disagreement and Meaning: The application of social choice theory to deference, self-designation and vagueness.
Supervisor: Michaelson, E. (Supervisor)
The Rhetoric of the Turkish Newspapers and the Construction of Turkish National Identity 1929-1938
Supervisor: Boutieri, C. (Supervisor)
Randomly Searching the Law: Mean First-Passage Times and Complexity of Legal Trees
Supervisor: Vivo, P. (Supervisor) & Annibale, A. (Supervisor)
Early life adversity and adolescent internalizing symptoms, self-harm behaviors, and suicidality: the role of systemic inflammation
Supervisor: Dazzan, P. (Supervisor) & Nosarti, C. (Supervisor)
Crises, CEO Accountability and Corporate Responsibility
Supervisor: Eckhardt, G. (Supervisor) & Klingler-Vidra, R. (Supervisor)
Strengthening leadership by health professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa
Supervisor: Sevdalis, N. (Supervisor) & Kelly, A. (Supervisor)
Effects of fruit products on gastrointestinal function and motility in constipation
Supervisor: Rodriguez Mateos, A. M. (Supervisor) & Dimidi, E. (Supervisor)
Feasibility and acceptability of conducting a trial of early decongestive treatment compared to usual care for women newly presenting with breast cancer-related lymphoedema of the upper limb
Supervisor: Montgomery, E. (Supervisor), Bick, D. (Supervisor), Ream, E. (Supervisor) & Taylor, C. (Supervisor)
Injury, Mental illness, Psychological thriving and cardiovascular health amongst CombaT injured and uninjured UK military Servicemen (IMPACTS)
Supervisor: Fear, N. (Supervisor) & Stevelink, S. (Supervisor)
Novel pre- and intraoperative imaging techniques for improved breast cancer management
Supervisor: Purushotham, A. (Supervisor) & Pinder, S. (Supervisor)
The Impact of Moderate Disease Activity Rheumatoid Arthritis and Evaluating the Management of This Cohort
Supervisor: Scott, D. (Supervisor) & Galloway, J. (Supervisor)
Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Medicine by Research
Modelling glioblastoma migration with patient-derived cells, human iPSC-derived cortical neural spheroid, and high-content imaging
Supervisor: Danovi, D. (Supervisor) & Lieberam, I. (Supervisor)
Use of Machine Learning Methods for the Prediction of Mandibular Osteoradionecrosis in Head and Neck Cancer Cases Treated with Radiotherapy
Supervisor: Guerrero-Urbano, T. (Supervisor) & King, A. (Supervisor)
Towards exact holography in AdS3
Supervisor: Anninos, D. (Supervisor) & Murthy, S. (Supervisor)
Bayesian Modelling Approaches for Quantum States - The Ultimate Gaussian Process States Handbook
Supervisor: Booth, G. (Supervisor) & Kantorovich, L. (Supervisor)
Predicting and ameliorating graft function in deceased donor kidney transplantation
Supervisor: Dorling, A. (Supervisor) & Callaghan, C. J. (External person) (Supervisor)
Lotte H. Eisner: Writer, collector and archivist
Supervisor: Carter, E. A. (Supervisor)
Neural circuit perturbations during attention switching
Supervisor: Khan, A. (Supervisor) & Burrone, J. (Supervisor)
Investigating the molecular regulation of follicle-stimulating hormone-mediated receptor oligomerisation and trafficking, and related signalling.
Supervisor: Jonas, K. (Supervisor) & Albert, A. (External person) (Supervisor)
Vitreomacular adhesion: its treatment and effect on neovascular age-related macular degeneration therapeutics
Supervisor: Jackson, T. (Supervisor) & Charteris, D. G. (External person) (Supervisor)
Autobiography and Parrhesia: Modelling the Self in the Writings of Rather of Verona
Supervisor: Rio, A. (Supervisor) & Crick, J. (Supervisor)
Generic mechanisms of adaptation to cationic antimicrobials & their effects on human host defence peptides
Supervisor: Bruce, K. (Supervisor), Mason, J. (Supervisor), Bock, L. J. (External person) (Supervisor) & Sutton, J. (Supervisor)
Postfeminist subjectivities across borders: Italian-Bangladeshi Muslim young women’s self-representations in digital media culture
Supervisor: Leung, W. F. (Supervisor) & Steemers, J. (Supervisor)
The involvement of HCN2 ion channels in opioid-induced hyperalgesia and tolerance
Supervisor: McNaughton, P. (Supervisor) & Bannister, K. (Supervisor)
Development of a Microwave Imaging System for Brain Injury
Supervisor: Kosmas, P. (Supervisor) & Shikh-Bahaei, M. (Supervisor)
The Pursuit of Embryoness: A qualitative investigation of how German experts construct the moral status of entities derived from human induced stem cells
Supervisor: Camporesi, S. (Supervisor) & Hinterberger, A. (Supervisor)
The Political Economy of Fiscal Rules: Adoption, Compliance, and Enforcement
Supervisor: Chalmers, A. W. (Supervisor), Talani, L. S. (Supervisor) & Portes, J. D. (Supervisor)
Aggregate fluctuations in a trade and credit network economy
Supervisor: Ozkan, F. (Supervisor) & Monti, F. (Supervisor)
Pre-service and in-service teachers’ cognitions about pronunciation instruction: a cross-sectional study in the Chilean context
Supervisor: Dewey, M. (Supervisor) & Szczepek Reed, B. B. (Supervisor)
Synthesis and characterisation of the PNIPAM-grafted MPS-MCM-41 for thermoresponsive triggered drug delivery for cancer pain control
Supervisor: Royall, P. (Supervisor) & Raimi-Abraham, B. (Supervisor)
Improving safety and quality in mental healthcare
Supervisor: Henderson, C. (Supervisor) & Sevdalis, N. (Supervisor)
Repelling-Screw-Based Mechanism Analysis and the Relevance of Finite Screw Representations in Accordance with Dual Euler-Rodrigues Formula
Supervisor: Dai, J. (Supervisor) & Spyrakos Papastavridis, E. (Supervisor)
Addressing Challenges in Automated Strawberry Harvesting in Complex Environment
Supervisor: Parsons, S. (Supervisor) & Sklar, E. (Supervisor)
Evaluation of Developments in PET Methodology
Supervisor: Barrington, S. (Supervisor) & Marsden, P. (Supervisor)
UNDERSTANDING CONGENITAL BIRTH DEFECTS: DEVELOPMENTAL DEFECTS IN THE VESTIBULAR LAMINA
Supervisor: Tucker, A. S. (Supervisor) & Miletich, I. (Supervisor)
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** please do not send your thesis to our office as the team are now hybrid working therefore it will not be received. if your examiners require a hard copy we will be in touch with you directly**, if the coronavirus pandemic affected your research and thesis then please see further information about including an impact statement here: coronavirus.
STAGE 1 - RD1 Form
I am ready to submit my thesis. What next? Who examines me? What forms do I need to complete?
Talk to your supervisor(s) about your readiness to submit and discuss the RD1 form. Ensure your thesis meets the word count requirements , that you and your supervisor have discussed the issue of third party copyright and that you are ready to orally defend your thesis.
Please plan ahead if there are specific personal deadlines, for example an employment opportunity, funding or fellowship applications or visa issues, you wish to meet. We estimate the average time period from submission of an RD1 Form to the final outcome of a Pass is at least 10 months and frequently a lot longer.
Think about your potential examiners, their level of experience with UK Based PhDs, understanding of your field of study, ability to participate in an Oral Examination and reliability in completing and returning all examiner reports post Oral Examination.
We know it is a lot to think about! It is better to start early and be prepared – take each stage as it comes but be aware of how they interlink and any consequences if a stage is missed or not completed.
Once you have had these discussions with your supervisor you can move on to the RD1 Form.
Note: paper RD1 forms are no longer accepted
As of 11th April 2022, the way you submit your RD1 form has changed, see below for steps and guidance
Your RD1 submission is now undertaken using Student Records .
As part of the thesis submission process, you will need to submit an RD1 Examination Entry Form. This form should be submitted at least four months before you intend to submit your thesis Please note the four months commences when the RD1 form has been submitted to the Research Degrees Examinations team either by your supervisor or countersignatory (where applicable)
Once you login to Student Records, navigate to 'My Research Degree section' and you should see the 'Submit RD1 form' option. This option will automatically become available to you 18 months before your expected submission date for full time students and 24 months before your expected submission date for part time students
Please note when you want to start the process, you will be required to launch the task from the 'Postgraduate Research Students home page' as it will not appear in your task list
In the student part of the RD1 form you will find personal, course and study information and questions about the thesis
Students are required to complete all the neccesary information before the form can be submitted to their supervisor
Your supervisor will nominate two examiners, or three if you are on a Joint Degree with one of our partners, and complete all details on the RD1 form. Your supervisor(s) are likely to discuss these nominees with you and will be decided on from their academic knowledge and contacts
For further information on the process and guidance please see our internal webpages which will take you through to the guidance notes:
- Research Degrees Examinations internal webpages
If any of the details on your record are incorrect please contact your records centre, either Registry Services or for students within the IoPPN the Education Support Team
If you have problems accessing Student Records please contact IT Services
If you have any questions about the form or the process please contact the Research Degrees Examinations team
Why does the RD1 form need to be submitted 4 months before my intended submission date?
The reason for this is your nominated examiners need to go through a process of approval via the Subject Area Board (SAB) and the Research Degrees Examination Board (RDEB) Chair and this can take time; if one, or in rare cases, both of your examiners do not meet the King’s College requirements either one of these parties may suggest an Independent Chair or a new examiner nomination. In either of these cases your supervisor will need to re-think and re-submit the RD1 form, in the case of a new examiner, or nominate an Independent Chair who will need approval and to accept the role.
We prefer you to have as much time as possible so neither you nor your supervisor(s) are stressed or struggling to find further nominees. The earlier we receive the form the better as our team are very experienced and will get in touch with your supervisor should there be any issues.
What is a Field of Study?
The field of study will be printed on your Research Degree Certificate and Award Letter so please ensure that it is accurate and appropriate for your final area of study.
If you are part of the Dickson Poon School of Law the field of study will always be ‘Law’.
If you are part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and Palliative Care, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine there is a drop down list of fields of study within the online RD1 form and a list can also be found here:
- Field of study
If you are from any other faculty, please talk to your supervisor(s) about the best field of study for you before completing the RD1 Form.
Reasonable adjustments for the oral examination
When completing the RD1 form, there are some questions around disability and reasonable adjustments, you may want to think about whether or not you require any reasonable adjustments for your oral examination. Any responses given in this section can only be viewed by yourself and the Research Degrees Examinations team.
For further information please see here
If you are struggling to complete the online RD1 form please contact the Research Degrees Examinations team directly at [email protected]
Please click below for further information on:
- Counter Signatories
- Guidance on Thesis Incorporating Publications
- Thesis Writing-up Space
STAGE 2 - Consideration of examiners
Once your supervisor or countersignatory (where applicable) have submitted the RD1 form to the Research Degrees Examinations team, the form will then be passed onto the Subject Area Board (SAB)
The examiners nominated by your supervisor will be considered by the relevant SAB as per the list below:
Subject Area Board (SAB)
The SAB is the Subject Area Board for your area of study. It is made up of academics within your Faculty who scrutinise the RD1 Form and check the examiners are appropriate and suitable for your Oral Examination and to complete all examiner duties. They will advise on the expertise and suitability of the examiner nominees and check any potential conflicts of interest the supervisor, or you as the candidate, may have with the nominees. This is an important part of the quality assurance and integrity of your final award. It means you can be certain of the high standards King's College adhere to when awarding a research degree.
Following this The Chair of the Research Degrees Examination Board will then take the final decision on appointment.
STAGE 3 - Approval of Examiners
I have submitted my RD1 Form. What should I do next? What are the Research Degrees Examinations team doing?
Please be patient whilst your supervisor and countersignatory (where applicable) complete their sections of the RD1 form
Checking the status of your RD1 form
To check the status of your form, you can log back into Student Records and click on the My Research Degree section' and the 'Submit RD1 form' option again
If the form has been with your supervisor a while, we suggest you get in touch with them in the first instance, as there maybe a valid reason why it has not been submitted
If the form has been with the countersignatory for a while (for those faculties that have this role) we suggest you ask your supervisor to contact the countersignatory to move this along
Once the RD1 form has been submitted to the Research Degrees Examinations team
We will check your RD1 form thoroughly ensuring it has been fully completed and if there are any obvious issues i.e. lack of experience in examining UK based Research Degrees or other regulatory matters, we will send the form back to your supervisor and flag the issues.
Providing all is fine, we will submit the RD1 form to the SAB.
SAB members then get the opportunity to consider the nominated examiners and provide their comments before a decision is made.
If the SAB require further information from your supervisor they can return the form to your supervisor, requesting the information before it is resubmitted.
The Research Degrees Examinations team will formally contact the examiners, inviting them to examine your thesis, only once the SAB have endorsed them.
If the examiners are unavailble or refuse to examine, we will return the RD1 form to your supervisor and inform them to seek new nominations, this will need to go back through the countersignatory (where applicable) and to the SAB.
Once examiners have responded and are able to examine your thesis and the SAB have endorsed them, we will seek final approval from the Chair of the Research Degrees Examination Board (RDEB Chair)
Following all approvals, we will send your examiners a “Confirmation of Appointment to Examine” email. This email will be copied into you and your supervisor for your records.
STAGE 4 - Thesis submission
What next? What is an RD2 Form?
Please note: Students may submit their thesis before their examiners are approved and must submit by their thesis submission deadline.
Please note: Theses for examining must be submitted to the Research Degrees Examinations team to dispatch, under no circumstances should students or supervisors email or post the thesis to the examiners.
The Research Degrees Examinations team can also only accept the first submission; if you need to resubmit the thesis for first examination for any reason you will require an approval email from your Faculty Associate Dean in order to resubmit, or send our team, a revised copy of your thesis.
Electronic Thesis - for examiners
Please email a PDF version of your thesis to [email protected] along with a signed copy of your RD2 form . The PDF version will be emailed to your examiners in the dispatch email.
If your deadline falls on a weekend or during office closure/public holidays you are still required to email a PDF version of your thesis to [email protected] no later than your deadline.
We must receive the PDF version of your thesis no later than 23:59 UK time.
Soft bound Thesis
Some examiners may prefer to work from a printed version of the student's thesis rather than the PDF, if this is the case:
The Research Degrees Examinations team will in the first instance check with the examiner if they would be happy to print the thesis themselves. If the examiner is happy to do this and is able to, they can claim back the expenses following the examination
If the examiner is unable to print the thesis, the Research Degrees Examinations team will contact the student to make arrangements for a print version to be posted directly to the examiner(s) or via a binders
It is the students' responsibility to get their thesis printed and bound if examiners require a copy. Students may only claim back postage costs.
PRINT COPIES MUST NOT BE POSTED PRIOR TO OFFICIAL DISPATCH BY THE RESEARCH DEGREES EXAMINATION TEAM
Format of thesis and binding
Please note: If your student ID is due to expire please contact the student services team.
STAGE 5 - Thesis dispatch
Once the examiner nominations have been approved and the examiners have agreed to examine and providing the Research Degrees Examinations team have received a PDF of your thesis and a completed RD2 form we will normally dispatch your thesis to the examiners within two weeks.
You and your supervisor will be copied into the Dispatch of Thesis email to the examiners. If you have not received this email within 4 weeks of original submission of the RD2 form and your examiners have been approved and appointed please email our team at [email protected]
Note: that your thesis will only be dispatched providing it meets all the regulatory requirements, for e.g is submitted on time, is within the word limit etc. If for some reason it does not meet the requirements the Research Degrees Examination team will get in touch with you and your supervisor to complete an exemption request, which will need to be approved before your thesis can be dispatched.
The PGR exemption form can be found here
Please note: If your student ID is due to expire please contact the student services team.
STAGE 6 - Oral examination
Who organises my Oral Examination? What are the time limits?
Please note the oral examination should not be arranged prior to the dispatch of the thesis .
When you and your supervisor receive the Dispatch of Thesis email your supervisor can start to organise the Oral Examination. Please note the Research Degrees Examinations team is not involved in the organisation of your Oral Examination and we are unable to answer queries about the location, date or time of your Oral Examination.
It must be organised by your supervisor within three months of the thesis being dispatched by the Research Degrees Examinations team. If there are any issues with the organisation of your Oral Examination your supervisor should email [email protected] so we can assist as an exemption request may be required.
Once a date and format for the oral examination has been agreed, your supervisor must complete the Oral examination consent form this form notifies our team of the date of your examination, the format and who the facilitator is (if applicable).
Please see Guidance for oral examinations for further information
STAGE 7 - Examiner Reports and Outcomes
I have had my Oral Examination. What happens next?
When the Research Degrees Examinations team send the 'Dispatch of Thesis' email to your examiners, which you and your supervisor are copied in to, it carefully details the expectations of the examiners including the requisite forms to be completed and returned to our team within three weeks of the examination taking place.
If, as above in stage 6, the Research Degrees Examination team are made aware of your Oral examination date we can send a reminder email to your examiners requesting they complete and return the mandatory forms and reports.
There are four forms that examiners are required to complete:
Preliminary Report from each examiner (prior to your Oral Examination);
Decision Form (following the Oral Examination);
Joint Examiners Report (following the Oral Examination);
List of Amendments (where applicable, for any outcome other than a Pass and even where corrections were given directly at the Oral examination).
The Decision form must be the form sent to the examiners as part of the Dispatch of Thesis email as it contains pertinent information relating to the type of research degree you undertook and is amended when regulations undergo the yearly revisions.
A full set of completed reports must be sent to the Research Degrees Examinations team at [email protected] within three weeks of the Oral examination taking place.
Please note: The deadline for the monthly ratification of outcomes is the 24th of each month. All outcomes are ratified at the end of each month and students are emailed their outcomes within the first 2 weeks of the month following ratification
Following receipt of the full set of completed examiner reports a cohort for each month is formed. The examiner recommended outcome is sent to the Research Degrees Examination Board (RDEB) Chair for ratification at the end of each month.
You will receive an Outcome email withing the first two weeks of the month following ratification. Where there are Minor amendments, Major amendments or One Month amendments the outcome email will be copied into your supervisor and examiners and the full set of reports will be attached.
Where there is a Re-examination or Pass outcome, following satisfactory corrections or outright, you and your supervisor will be copied into the email.
Your Outcome email details all next steps - please read it carefully to see who to submit your amendments to and links to useful information.
Please note: the official start date of your amendments period is the date of when your outcome email is sent to you.
Your deadline date will be specified in that email, you are required to submit your amendments no later than 23:59 UK time on your deadline date.
Examination outcomes (pg 84-87)
STAGE 8 - Approval of Amendments
Amendments to the thesis must be approved by who ever is responsible for checking them i.e. either one or both of your examiners (this will be stated in the outcome email sent to the student, as to whom they should be sent to for checking)
The post amendments confirmation form must be emailed to [email protected] by who ever is responsible for checking them as per above.
Please note: the deadline for the approval of amendments is the 24th of each month. All outcomes are ratified at the end of each month and students are emailed their outcomes within the first 2 weeks of the month following ratification
Once the Post amendments confirmation form has been emailed to the RDET your outcome will be sent to the Research Degrees Examination Board Chair for approval by the end of the month and students will be emailed their outcome and award letter within the first 2 weeks of the month following ratification.
STAGE 9 - Award
All degrees are awarded for the 1st of the month following ratification by the Research Degrees Examination Board.
All students who have been awarded will be emailed an award letter within the first two weeks of the month - The letter will state what you have been awarded and your date of award. It will also include the below:
Final E-Thesis - to be submitted after award
All students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis, which must be emailed directly to [email protected] and [email protected] Along with the final e-thesis students are required to complete an e-thesis declaration form which can be found here: e-thesis declaration form
Please note the e-thesis declaration form is only to be completed when submitting your final thesis to the library and does not need to be submitted for the examining version
STAGE 10 - Certificates
Please note: certificates are produced by the Boards and Awards team and they will only be dispatched once you have emailed your final e-thesis as per the instructions under stage 9 above.
It can take up to 3 months to receive your certificate from the date of your award. The certificate will be posted to your home address, as per your student record.
If you have a certificate specific query then please visit the knowledge articles here If you are not able to solve your query using the knowledge articles then please log a case using the knowledge articles and a student services representative will respond as soon as possible.
Please be advised that the Boards and Awards team we will require your case number to respond to specific queries.
STAGE 11 - Graduation Ceremonies
Please note: graduation ceremonies are organised by the Graduations team.
For further information please visit the Graduation webpages here
NOTE: Student's who wish to attend the summer graduation ceremonies must be awarded by 1st June (for all those within FoDOCS) and 1st July for all other faculties.
Please only book your place once you have been emailed your award letter as per stage 9 above.
Students who have not been awarded by the dates above will have their places cancelled by the Graduations team.
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King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize 2021
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize!
Twenty awards are given across the year to celebrate truly outstanding research and theses completed by King’s doctoral students. The prizes are nominated by the external examiners and are judged by a panel consisting of the College’s Director of Research Talent and the Chair of the Research Degrees Examinations Board.
We have an exceptional community of postgraduate researchers at King’s. Each year we recognise 20 of the very best, who have been nominated by their examiners. The standard is incredibly high, in terms of the quality and impact of the research and the clarity and skill of the written thesis. Most winners have published multiple papers and won prizes at conferences, some are already shaping their fields, forging new avenues of research and changing national policy, whether in the UK or abroad. It is definitely one of the most inspiring and enjoyable part of my role to read the submissions from the examiners and the supervisors’ supporting statements. -Dr Nigel Eady, Director of Research Talent & King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize panellist.
Take a look at some reflections from the 2021 winners:
Thesis: The legal nature of export credit insurance and export credit guarantee: a comparative study between the UK and China.
I feel greatly honoured to be awarded this prize. I would like to thank Prof Özlem Gürses and Prof Eva Lomnicka QC (Hon), my dear supervisors at King’s, for their endless support. I am also grateful to King’s for offering me a generous PhD scholarship and various conference and research allowances. My PhD is a pleasant and unforgettable journey in my life. I enjoyed a number of interesting training courses organised by the Centre for Doctoral Studies, which substantially improved my academic skills. I also benefit from my internship research project at the International Union of Credit & Investment Insurers, where I was able to examine whether the legal theory fits the practice in the real commercial world. For those who are about to submit, I encourage you to keep a health daily routine. Do work hard, but also eat well, sleep sound and get some exercise every day. And always take notes when you come up with some fresh ideas even if they are not directly related to your thesis. Happy research and good luck!
Thesis: Informing the knowledge gap of implementation of the World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist in sub-Saharan Africa.
I loved every minute of my PhD at King’s and am indebted to my supervisors Dr Andy Leather and Prof Nick Sevdalis for their constant guidance and encouragement. They created an atmosphere that was both intellectually stretching and supportive. For me, writing my thesis was a way to express all that I had discovered and become passionate about over the last three years, which meant it was an enjoyable experience rather than a chore. I would encourage anyone interested in doing a PhD to find subject you love and supervisors who you can connect with – then you will have some of the best years of your life.
Dr Luis Medina, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Thesis: Where are the Borders? (Re)Imagining the Nation in Contemporary Ecuadorian Literature.
I remember my PhD years at King’s as some of the happiest of my life. I can’t help but smile when I think that I was privileged enough to spend so many hours reading and writing about the literature that I love. One of the most decisive aspects of my doctoral experience was my fantastic supervision team. I’ll be forever grateful to Dr Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela and Professor Catherine Boyle from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. Their unconditional academic and emotional support helped me to produce a thesis that won three prizes and is already being edited for publication. After receiving my award in August 2020, I held a teaching position at the University of Manchester, and I’m thrilled to share that, from September 2021, I’ll be joining the University of Birmingham on a permanent lectureship in Modern Languages (Spanish).
Dr Emma Kinnaird, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoology & Neuroscience
Thesis: Beyond the stereotypes: characterising the unique features of underresearched eating disorder populations, and implications for treatment.
I feel incredibly lucky to have spent three years researching a topic that I feel passionate about, supported by two wonderful supervisors who really took time to adjust the project to my strengths and interests. I’m now taking the skills I’ve learned in my PhD and putting them into practice as I train as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University.
Dr Pablo Lopez-Custodio, Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Thesis: Design of Reconfigurable and Mobility-Variable Linkages with Singularity Analysis and Kinematic Analysis Using Generated Surfaces
I dedicate this prize, and the thesis itself, to the loving memory of my dad Sigfrido Lopez-Zamudio, who passed away during my first year of PhD in King’s College London. Thank you having been an ever-present inspiration.
Dr Jessica Dafflon, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Thesis: Machine Learning Methods in Neuroimaging.
I feel honoured and grateful to have been awarded the King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize. I would like to thank the Center for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging for this opportunity, my PhD advisors Prof. Federico Turkheimer and Dr. Peter Hellyer. But above all, I would like to thank Prof. Robert Leech, Dr. Walter Hugo Lopez Pinaya, and Pedro Carvalho De Paula Ferreira da Costa for the support during the hard times and the brilliant discussions we had. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Thomas Helfer on also winning the King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize and on making my time at King’s College an unforgettable experience.
Dr Thomas Helfer, Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Thesis: Exotic Compact Objects in Numerical Relativity.
I am delighted to win this thesis prize, which was only possible with the help of the fantastic people that surrounded me during my Ph.D. journey. They not only helped me foster my passion and love for numerical relativity, but they were also there to share a coffe or beer during the challenging times. Thanks especially to Eugene Lim, my excellent supervisor, who always had time for questions and discussions, and shaped me into the scientist I am today. I would also like to thank Jessica Dafflon for being present during the difficult times and congratulations on also winning the KCL thesis prize.
Thesis: The timing of key events and mutational processes in tumour evolution.
I was really delighted to be nominated for this prize – it feels pretty surreal to write up four years’ work into one thesis, and definitely takes a bit of stamina! I have so many great memories from my time in the lab, where I was working on a project trying to reconstruct the evolutionary history of cancer from genome sequencing data. While I was based at the Francis Crick Institute, I was also affiliated with King’s, and definitely appreciate the great support I received from both during my studies.
Dr Jaffar Khan, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Thesis: Novel transcatheter electrosurgical laceration of heart valve leaflets to prevent blood flow obstruction from transcatheter heart valve implantation.
I am thrilled to be awarded the Kings’ Outstanding Thesis Prize for my work on novel cardiovascular interventions. It is so unbelievably gratifying knowing that the techniques described in my thesis have already helped treat thousands of patients worldwide.
Dr Cristina Fernandez Turienzo, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Thesis: Evaluation of the introduction of a midwifery continuity of care model for women at increased risk of preterm birth.
I am delighted to receive this prestigious award in recognition for my PhD work. I will always be in debt to my amazing supervisors Prof Jane Sandall, Prof Andy Shennan and Dr Kirstie Coxon, thesis committee members and many other people within Kings (and outside!) who supported me in one way or another. Thank you also to my examiners for such a positive online PhD viva experience. I have recently received a NIHR DSE award and I am looking forward to enhance my learning of clinical trials in global health.
Dr Tiago Rua, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Thesis: The economics of implementing new clinical pathways across community and hospital-based care.
As part of my PhD I have tried to bridge the gap between the economics and medical imaging fields by applying health economics methodologies across multiple clinical conditions and imaging modalities. Currently, I am working as a Programme Manager of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Elisa Bruno, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Thesis: Wearable non-EEG sensors for seizure detection
My experience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, has been fantastic during my PhD, and has helped me to develop professionally in a very inspiring way. It is a great workplace where I’ve found contagious positivity, enthusiasm and knowledge.
Dr Rosina Matilde, Social Science & Public Policy
Thesis: Deterrence and international migration: The criminalisation of irregular entry and stay in Italy and France.
It’s an honour to be awarded the King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize. I would like to thank all my interviewees, for agreeing to share their knowledge and experiences with me. A special thanks also goes to Professor Simona Talani, and to my examiners Professor Henk Overbeek and Dr Anna Sergi. Since finishing my PhD, I have joined the European Institute at LSE as a fellow, and look forward to continuing my work on migration.
Full list of 2021 winners:
Dr Bryony White, English Language & Literature, A&H
Dr Luis Medina, Latin American Studies, A&H
Dr Jonah Miller, History, A&H
Dr James Rakoczi, English Literature and Medical Humanities, A&H
Dr Vinod Patel, Clinical Dentistry, FoDOC
Dr Tiago Rua, Health Economics, IoPPN
Dr Jessica De Faria Dafflon, Neuroimaging, IoPPN
Dr Emma Kinnaird, Psychological Medicine, IoPPN
Dr Elisa Bruno, Clinical Neuroscience, IoPPN
Dr Clemency Jolly, Cancer Genetics, FoLSM
Dr Jaffar Khan, Cardiovascular Sciences, FoLSM
Dr Cristina Fernandez Turienzo, Women and Children’s Health, FoLSM
Dr Michelle White, Surgery (Global Health and Implementation Science), FoLSM
Dr Thomas Helfer, Physics, NMS
Dr Pablo Lopez-Custodio, Kinematics, NMS
Dr Kristina Kubiliute, Mathematics, NMS
Dr Matilde Rosina, International Political Economy, SSPP
Dr Adam Day, War Studies, SSPP
Dr Rajan Basra, War Studies, SSPP
Dr Cheng Lin, Law, DPSoL
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Each King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize winner is awarded £250 and receives a certificate endorsed by the Principal.
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