PhD student wins the Graduate School Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis
Keira Lowther, a PhD student at the Cicely Saunders Institute, has received the Graduate School Elsevier Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis for her work on HIV care in Africa. Keira’s thesis, ‘A mixed methods evaluation of the effectiveness of a nurse led palliative care intervention for HIV positive patients on ART in Mombasa, Kenya’, was highly acclaimed by her examiners and subsequently awarded the prestigious prize.
Dr Richard Harding, Kiera’s PhD Supervisor, offered his congratulations: “We are delighted that Keira has been awarded this recognition for her work. She came to us with great experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa, and has worked very hard to deliver a successful randomised controlled trial in Kenya for this PhD. She has now moved straight into a post utilising her learning to influence practice, and is also working hard to get the thesis findings into publications.”
The Graduate School already recognises exceptional supervisors through the Supervisory Excellence Awards but also rewards outstanding PhD theses as well. The scientific publisher Elsevier funds 15, £100 prizes per year for the best theses submitted in each faculty.
External examiners are asked to nominate theses they feel are of appropriate quality and these recommendations are then supported by a further letter from supervisors. A Graduate School panel then assesses the various nominations and makes the awards.
Winners of the Elsevier PhD prizes will receive a certificate, have the prize read out at their Graduation ceremony and Elsevier has also agreed they should receive an e-subscription to one of their journals for a year.