The Michael K. O'Rourke Best Publication Awards

The Michael K. O'Rourke Best Publication Award is a prestigious award that recognises outstanding achievement in the publication of a postgraduate researcher’s research.

Nominations for the 2019 Michael K. O'Rourke Best Publication Award are now open. You can download the nomination form here and the guidance notes here.  The deadline for submissions is 15th March 2019.

Five winners will be selected, one for each College, and each will receive a prize of £400. The winners will be announced at the University Graduate School Awards event in June.

Congratulations to the 2018 Award winners:

  • College of Arts and Law - Sophie Cope - Women in the sea of time: domestic dated objects in seventeenth-century England
  • College of Social Sciences - Mai Khanh Tran - The orchestra of ideas: Using music to enhance the ‘fuzzy front end’ phase of product innovation
  • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Carolina Lavecchia - Lumbar model generator: a tool for the automated generation of a parametric scalable model of the lumbar spine
  • College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Emma Dunne - Diversity change during the rise of tetrapods and the impact of the ‘Carboniferous rainforest collapse’
  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences - Samantha Cruz Rivera - Assessing the impact of healthcare research: A systematic review of methodological frameworks

 Guidance Notes

  • The Postgraduate Researcher must be the major contributor (first or only author) to the publication.
  • Only Postgraduate Researchers who submitted their paper before their final examination are eligible for nomination.
  • The publication may have been through a process of peer review, but if not, there will be a clear indication of the impact of the publication, for example on an International Organisation’s or Government’s policy*.  Impact factors of journals may be taken into account, but peer assessment of the impact value of a publication may be equally important.  A supporting statement by the supervisor will be required to guide the decisions of the judging panels.
  • The date of publication (full publication, ‘in press’ or DoI) must be before the Postgraduate Researcher’s final examination.


*Please note that published software and software routines will be considered.

 What happens next?

The Director of Research and College PGR Lead in each College will convene a panel to act as judges, but it is assumed that supervisors, co-supervisors and internal assessors will serve as a filter so that only strong candidate publications will reach the College panel.

The overall University award will be determined by the Graduate Research Board.

 If you have any questions about the process, please email