2022 Gwynne-Vaughan Medal

The Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS) aims to highlight the activities and successes of our research student community. We are pleased to announce the 2022 Gwynne-Vaughan Medal which is awarded to Birkbeck Doctoral students able to demonstrate the most notable contribution to their field while undertaking their research degree. The winners will be awarded a £250 prize, a formal certificate and a distinctive medal.

Eligibility

There are two categories for entry:

Current doctoral students

  • This category is open to all current part time and full time doctoral students enrolled at Birkbeck in academic year 2021/22
  • Any achievements you include must have taken place while you were registered as a Birkbeck Doctoral student up to 31 July 2022

Doctoral awardees

  • This category is open to any student who was enrolled in academic year 2019/20, 2020/21 and who has already been awarded their doctorate.
  • Any achievements you include must have taken place before your doctorate was awarded.

How to enter

Applicants must complete the following Gwynne-Vaughan Prize form which includes a statement from the student and a supporting statement from the supervisor.

Your completed form should be sent by email to graduateresearchschool@bbk.ac.uk

Deadline for entries

Friday 30 September, midday

Consideration of entries

All entries will be considered by the Research Student Sub-Committee (RSSC). The winners will be announced at the end of the Autumn term at a BGRS event that will be open to all research students at Birkbeck.

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2022

On Thursday 16 June, Birkbeck doctoral students took part in the 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Meiyun Meng was the overall winner and received a £500 prize.
From left to right: Hannah Reeves (people’s choice); Carlo Palombo; Meiyun Meng (overall winner); Tom Nealon; Marie Houghton; Doyin Olorunfemi (runner up); Fengzhi Zhao.

2022 3MT Competition

On Thursday 16 June around 60 people attended the Birkbeck Three Minute Thesis Competition in the Clore Lecture Theatre. This was the fourth time the competition has been run at Birkbeck and the first time since 2019. The seven contestants displayed excellent presentational skills to convey their research in a concise and engaging manner, all managing to conclude with just a few seconds to spare. As always at Birkbeck, there was a wide range of subjects from how cross-sectional data can help cure cancer to the experience of flat sharing among the over-30s.

Winner: Meiyun Meng

After the judges had watched the candidates make their presentations, Meiyun Meng (Department of Geography) was chosen as the overall winner for her lively and engaging talk ‘Individualising life courses: Home-making of highly educated women in Shenzhen, China’. Meiyun is in her third year as a doctoral researcher in Geography.

Runner up: Doyin Olorunfemi

In addition to the overall winner, the judges awarded a £250 runner up prize to Doyin Olorunfemi (Department of Management) for her talk on ‘From Selling to Venturing’.

People’s Prize Winner

The overall winner and runner up were chosen by a panel of 3 Birkbeck experts but the audience also played a key role and were asked to use their votes to select a People’s Choice winner. This prize was awarded to Hannah Reeves (Department of Psychosocial Studies) for her talk ‘Crossbones Graveyard: remembering the dead, or breathing with them?

2022 3MT Talks

A list of all the competitors and their talks is provided below.

Doyin Olorunfemi ‘From Selling to Venturing’
Marie Houghton ‘Can home and happiness be found living in a house share after the age of 30?’
Hannah Reeves ‘Crossbones Graveyard: remembering the dead, or breathing with them?’
Meiyun Meng ‘Individualising life courses: Home-making of highly educated women in Shenzhen, China’
Fengzhi Zhao ‘A Tale of Two Cosmopolitan Shanghai(s)’
Tom Nealon ‘Inferring Time Varying Processes from Cross-Sectional Data’
Carlo Palombo ‘On the prohibition of nudity’

2022 Birkbeck 3 Minute Thesis Competition: Join the Audience on 16 June

Registration now open for this event

You can be part of the audience for this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. On Thursday 16 June, an expert panel of judges will decide which Birkbeck student has presented the most compelling, convincing, and concise summary of their thesis. There’s a lot at stake: not only the prestige of winning and the confidence that goes with it, but also –

  • £500 to the overall winner
  • £250 to the runner-up

As part of the audience you will have a vote to decide who is the People’s Choice. You can also join the Birkbeck postgraduate community in celebrating the diversity of research interests undertaken here, and raise a glass to that with a drinks reception after the winners have been announced.

Register now to be part of the audience.

Birkbeck Research Degree Awards: April 2022

Birkbeck awards over 100 research degrees each year. During April, 10 Birkbeck Doctoral Researchers were awarded a PhD or Professional Doctorate for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

1 PhD in English, Theatre and Creative Writing

1 PhD in History of Art

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

1 PhD in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

1 DOccPsy in Organisational Psychology

School of Science

1 PhD in Biological Sciences

1 PhD in Psychological Sciences

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

2 PhDs in History, Classics and Archaeology

1 PhD in Psychosocial Studies

1 PhD in Politics

Birkbeck Research Degree Awards: March 2022

Birkbeck awards over 100 research degrees each year. During March, 16 Birkbeck Doctoral Researchers were awarded a PhD or Professional Doctorate for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

3 PhDs in English, Theatre and Creative Writing

2 PhDs in Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics

1 PhD in Film, Media and Cultural Studies

1 PhD in History of Art

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

1 PhD in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

1 PhD in Management

1 PhD in Organisational Psychology

1 DOccPsy in Organisational Psychology

School of Science

2 PhDs in Psychological Sciences

1 PhD in Biological Sciences

1 PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

1 PhD in Philosophy

Birkbeck Research Degree Awards: January-February 2022

Birkbeck awards over 100 research degrees each year. So far in 2022, up to the end of February, 18 Birkbeck Doctoral Researchers were awarded a PhD or Professional Doctorate for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

3 PhDs in History of Art

3 PhDs in English, Theatre and Creative Writing

1 PhD in Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

2 PhDs in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

1 PhD in Management

1 DOccPsy in Organisational Psychology

School of Law

1 PhD in Law

1 PhD in Criminology

School of Science

1 PhD in Psychological Sciences

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

1 PhD in History, Classics and Archaeology

1 PhD in Geography

1 PhD in Psychosocial Studies

1 PhD in Politics

Birkbeck PhD Awards January 2020

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in January 2020

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In January, eleven Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

Department of English, Theatre and Creative writing

History of Art

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

School of Science

DEPARTMENT OF Biological Sciences

department of Psychological Sciences

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Geography

  • 1 PhD in Geography

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

Department of Politics



Birkbeck PhD Awards December 2019

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in December 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In December, seven Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

Department of Cultures and languages

Department of English, Theatre and Creative writing

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Computer Science and Information Systems

DEPARTMENT OF Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

DEPARTMENT OF Management

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Applied Linguistics and Communication

  • 1 Integrated PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Birkbeck PhD and MPhil Awards November 2019

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in November 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In November, ten Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

Department of Cultures and languages

Department of English, Theatre and Creative writing

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

  • 2 PhDs in Economics, Finance and Mathematical Finance

DEPARTMENT OF Management

School of Science

department of biological sciences

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Applied Linguistics and Communication

  • 1 Integrated PhD in Intercultural Communication

Birkbeck PhD Awards October 2019



Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in October 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In October 2019, six Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

Department of English, Theatre and Creative writing

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

School of Science

DEPARTMENT OF Biological Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Applied Linguistics and Communication