Celebrating Success - 10 Years of the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship

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In 2014, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship. To mark the occassion we asked all the scholars, past and present, to tell us what their acheivements or plans for the future were and how the scholarship had contributed to their success. Some of their stories are below. 


Diana Stirbu

2005: Dr Diana Stirbu

PhD Governance Studies

The kudos that came with being a Duncan Norman Research Scholarship recipient was very important and helped me subsequently in securing other conference and further study grants.  I am very grateful for the support I received, thank you.

Since graduating I secured a job in London with an independent research organisation called Hansard Society, with whom I worked on various research projects in conjunction with the Westminster Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament. Since April 2012 I have been working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Administration for the London Metropolitan University. 

Tianyao Ji

2006: Dr Tianyao Ji

PhD Electrical Engineering & Electronics

Upon graduating from the University of Liverpool I worked as an RA in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics, the University of Liverpool from 2010-2011.  In 2012 I began my current role working as an Associate Professor in the School of Electric Power Engineering, South China University of Technology.  I am proud to say that I received research funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) for young researchers and I have published 7 SCI-indexed research papers and 21 EI-indexed papers.  The Duncan Norman scholarship is the most important and prestigious recognition that I have received and has been invaluable in progressing and furthering my career.  Thank you.

Sarah Tickle

2009: Sarah Tickle

PhD Criminology and Sociology

I was very proud to have been awarded the prestigious Duncan Norman Research Scholarship by the trustees. The scholarship enabled me to partake in activities that I would not have been able to do.  I submitted my PhD in September 2014, and I am very hopeful and look forward to being awarded my doctorate shortly.

I am pleased to say that I have just accepted a position as a University Lecturer in Criminology, in which I will continue to advocate for young people's rights and inclusion in my academic role.

Stewart Haslinger

2010: Dr Stewart Haslinger

PhD Applied Mathematics

I have just obtained a postdoctoral research post for an interdisciplinary collaborative programme between the University of Liverpool and Imperial College London. Its duration is two years and I will be based in Liverpool, although I will also spend time working with the maths and physics groups at Imperial College in London. This is a great opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge and understanding of the subject, and to further my academic career. I am sure that your prestigious scholarship was a very favourable addition to my CV and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support.

Ben Payne

2011: Mr Benjamin Payne

PhD Biological Sciences

I would like to thank the committee for the opportunities that the Duncan Norman Research scholarship has afforded me.  As I enter my final year I am busy writing my thesis for submission in February/March 2015 following a very busy third year.

On graduating I hope to continue research looking at antelope from a climate change viewpoint and more in depth ecological studies and how adaptive antelope may be in regard to the changing conditions.  I also aim to teach and encourage students into the field of conservation.

Claire Ollett

2012: Ms Clare Ollett

PhD Egyptology

The Duncan Norman Research scholarship that I have been lucky enough to have been awarded has changed my life and afforded me the opportunity of a lifetime, to pursue a PhD full-time, which I just would not have been able to do otherwise due to family commitments and financial constraints. My primary aim on graduation is to secure a job in academia as that would enable me to continue research that I am passionate about and which I already have ideas about post-doctorate.

I am highly motivated to become an influential and respected academic within a field that I am dedicated to and I want to make a valued contribution to that field. The scholarship is allowing me to put myself in a strong position in this regard as it permits me the time to devote to my research.

William Green

2013: Mr William Green

PhD Music

The privilege of being awarded the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship has had such a profound impact on me. The validation of having this award bestowed on me is incalculable, and shows that an interest and commitment to the Arts continues unabated.  In practical terms the scholarship allowed me to be flexible in terms of accommodation, and the allowance for conference expenses has been proving to be invaluable.    Once again, I would like to thank you for choosing me as the Duncan Norman Research Scholar 2013, it is an honour and a responsibility that I hope to fulfil satisfactorily.

Upon graduating, I plan to apply for academic jobs at universities both here and in America.  Ideally I would love to teach in Germany at some point.  I'm sure that the Duncan Norman Scholarship will have laid the groundwork that may make these developments possible.

Lee Atkins

2014: Mr Lee Atkins

PhD History

Thank you so much for awarding me the prestigious Duncan Norman Research Scholarship for the forthcoming academic year.  This generous scholarship will enable me to continue my research at the University of Liverpool and fulfil my long-term career goal of pursuing a career in academia.  The financial assistance will not only reduce the pressure on finding alternative sources of income to fund my postgraduate studies but it will allow me to focus on becoming an expert in the field of historical research.

My plans on graduation are to pursue a career in academia as a lecturer/researcher.