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Congratulations to Huw Colin-York, Quentin Ferry and Thomas Riffelmacher, who have won this year’s RDM Graduate Prize. All three students displayed research excellence during their DPhil studies and have helped to progress their respective fields.

Learn more about our 2017 winners.

RDM Graduate Prizes are awarded to current or recently graduated (within two years) students of RDM supervisors on the basis of exceptional achievement in their research. The prizes reflect the wide range of clinical and basic research undertaken within RDM. RDM Graduate Prizes are awarded in October each year, with nominations invited over the Summer.

Assessment of Outstanding Work

The main criterion for assessing whether a student has produced outstanding work will be their publication record, which is expected to include one or more exceptional publications as first author.

It is recognised that research in RDM is diverse and includes niche areas where publications in high impact journals is unusual. Nominations should therefore explain why the publication is exceptional with reference to its (expected) impact on the field. This involves qualitative or contextual information, especially where the publication relates to a specialist area.

Nominations should include a statement indicating the contribution made by the student to the main paper(s) in question. If a student has more than three publications, a statement on contribution should only be made for the three most significant papers.

Other criteria for assessing whether a student has produced outstanding work that the panel will consider include:

  • Receipt of a prestigious prize at a major conference
  • Establishment of key infrastructure, a new technique or a major new collaboration that has had an important impact, either within RDM or more widely
  • An unusually large number of publications, showing an extensive and prolonged contribution to the field
  • Receipt of grant funding

This list is not intended to be exhaustive; all notable success will be considered.


  • All current DPhil students are eligible
  • Any DPhil student that has completed within the last two years is also eligible
  • The student must have received substantive supervision from one or more RDM PIs

A maximum of four prizes will be awarded.