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UUKi hosts welcome reception for Rutherford Fellows at the Shard in London

(6 November 2018)

UUKi hosted a welcome reception at the Shard for the international early career researchers (ECRs) currently completing Rutherford Fellowships at the 24 UK institutions in receipt of a UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grant.

This included the Durham Rutherford Fellows from India, Malaysia, and Mexico and their host research leads. Durham Energy Institute co-Director Dr John Bothwell also attended.

The event celebrated the Rutherford Fellows’ role in enhancing the strategic partnerships between their home higher education institution and their host institution in the UK. Joining the Rutherford Fellows at the reception were representatives from the award-holding institutions, the government, and the diplomatic community.

The UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants programme is funded from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Rutherford Fund. The programme was designed to enhance the international impact of UK research and support UK universities’ global reach by funding fellowships for international ECRs within the framework of strategic partnerships.
24 UK universities have been awarded grants to enable them to offer short-term fellowships to a total of 122 ECRs – hailing from over 60 partner institutions in 18 countries – to spend up to a year with research teams in the UK. 
The Rutherford Fellows’ research has a range of foci. For example:
  • the Argentinian ECRs based at Lancaster University are carrying out research into food security;
  • at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine fellows from Japan are focusing on infectious diseases;
  • at Northumbria University researchers from the Occupied Palestinian Territories are examining the relationship between volunteering and citizenship. 
  • at Durham University fellows from India, Malaysia, and Mexico are focused on Organic Energy Research. 
Vivienne Stern, UUKi Director, said:
“The UUKi Rutherford Fellowships are enabling Fellows to expand their international research networks at a critical stage in their career, and seed - or in many cases strengthen - institutional links between UK institutions and their strategic partners around the world. The impact and benefits of these fellowships, at an individual and institutional level, will no doubt be felt beyond the lifetime of the programme, for many years to come.”

Find out more about Durham University's Rutherford Strategic Fellows. 

Watch a video of the welcome event  including interview with Durham's Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro

Image below: Durham University's Prof Claire Warwick (PVC Research), Dr Abhijit Mallick (RF) Dr Pavan Yerramsetti (RF), Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro (Rutherford Award Holder), Dr Paul McGonigal (Rutherford Award Holder), Dr Ali Huerta-Flores (RF).