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Double award for Professor Gareth Jones

We are delighted to announce two outstanding awards for Gareth Jones, a Professor in the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics: winner of the King’s Supervisory Excellence Award 2013-2014, and one of two successful applicants for the King’s-NUS Partnership Awards.

Professor Jones won the supervisory award for the School of Biomedical Sciences in recognition and reward for outstanding supervision and support to research students at King’s.

Asked how it felt to receive the award, Gareth said:

'It’s a great honour to receive recognition for my efforts. Although I much appreciate the nomination from my current students I understand that the decision to choose me over many other candidates within the School also rested on past achievements. All of my students have submitted within the 4 year limit, all have achieved their PhD with little difficulty and virtually all have published (or have in press) a piece of work from their studies.

The vast majority of my past students went on to academic biomedical research programmes as postdoctoral scientists and one moved directly to AstraZeneca as a researcher. Indeed, many of the earlier students now have established scientific posts of their own. My greatest personal satisfaction is that most past students keep in touch with me on an informal basis, sometimes still asking my advice on career and promotion matters.'

Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School said, 'Now that the Supervisory Excellence Awards have become embedded within College life we received an exceptional set of nominations. This says a great deal about the dedication of King's PhD supervisors and the esteem in which their students hold them. It was extraordinarily difficult to select the winners. They will now help us spread best practice during the coming academic year.’ 

Winners will receive a certificate and a nominal financial award. They will also have the chance to receive recognition of their achievement at a College Graduation Ceremony.

In addition Gareth has also been successful in receiving one of the King’s - NUS Partnership awards. King’s and the National University of Singapore (NUS) each offer an annual Partnership Award that enables a member of staff at each university to spend time at the partner institution. 

The award will enable Gareth to expand his research links with the Mechanobiology Institute at NUS, working with Professors Sheetz (Director) and Bershadsky on the structural and functional properties of myeloid cell podosomes. Gareth already has a Joint NUS-King’s PhD student working in Singapore (Nisha) and the visit will also offer a chance for a prolonged  interaction with Nisha at the bench as the award will cover a period of 4 weeks.