The Fellowship's Research

We welcome interest in short-term associations from Oxford researchers at different stages of their careers. These non-stipendiary associations, Junior Research Fellows, Associate Research Fellows, and Senior Research Fellows, are designed to enrich the College’s research culture, particularly through engagement with the studentship. 

Research Highlights

Dr Ana Namburete, an Associate Research Fellow, has been awarded a prestigious five-year Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship. These fellowships support outstanding early career researchers to establish research groups. Dr Namburete's research focuses on creating computational algorithms to enhance the diagnostic value of sonographic images. Through her work, she aims to establish ultrasound as a cost-effective tool for early assessment of brain maturation during pregnancy. Dr Namburete has also secured funding through the UK government's Global Research Challenges scheme to form knowledge exchange links between Africa- and UK-based scientists.

Dr David Howey has had recent success in two joint applications to the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund focused on off-grid battery systems (totalling around £120k, one of them in collaboration with Physics), and an InnovateUK project to study re-use of lithium-ion batteries at end of life (£76k). Dr Howey also has a new St Hilda's graduate student, Trishna Raj, who is part-sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover. She will be studying accelerated ageing of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Professor Selina Todd has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Council Fellowship of £245,000 to study Shelagh Delaney and feminism. This award will enable Professor Todd to write a book on this topic to be  published by Chatto and Windus, and to stage a trilogy of Shelagh Delaney's plays in collaboration with her project partners: the Guinness Housing Partnership and their tenants in Salford, MaD Theatre Company in Manchester, Charlotte Delaney (playwright), and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. 

Professor Julia Yeomans is part of a team of scientists that used a virtual prototype to demonstrate how the natural movement of bacteria could be harnessed to turn cylindrical rotors and provide a steady power source. The team has been exploring the potential of the natural movement of bacteria to serve as a power source. These microscopic 'natural engines' may one day be able to power micromachines such as smartphone components. Read more in Scientific Advances.

Professor Amanda Cooper-Sarkar was awarded the 2015 Chadwick Prize and Medal for her study of deep inelastic scattering of leptons on nuclei, which has revealed the internal structure of the proton. Professor Cooper-Sarkar plays a leading role in the ATLAS groups at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The ATLAS groups are making new measurements of the proton structure function, thereby ensuring that new generations are able to use the techniques that Dr Cooper-Sarker has devised to make improved measurements of the proton structure in future years.

Professor Alison Noble, Fellow of St Hilda's and Director of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), was awarded the inaugural Laura Bassi Award for Outstanding Female Researcher of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2015. In 2016, IBME received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for the University's pioneering work in biomedical engineering and Professor Noble was part of a group of members who, with the University's Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, attended the award ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Awarded every two years, the Queen's Anniversary Prizes recognise universities and colleges which have demonstrated excellence, innovation, impact and societal benefit.

Professor Noble said, 'It was very special for our still relatively young institute to be recognised in this way. No other award has quite the same remit of recognising academic excellence in research, innovation and impact, and we are proud to be the first recipient of this award from the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the University.'

Dr Robert Paton, Fellow in Organic Chemistry, received an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the American Chemical Society and OpenEye Scientific Software, for 'Redefining the rules for ring closure through computations: quantifying substrate and catalyst control with quantum chemistry'. The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award program provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members to present their work in COMP symposia.The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community. Dr Paton received the award at the American Chemical Society National Meeting held in Boston in 2015.

Take a look at our Academic Staff profiles for further information about their research interests. Find out more about graduate research at St Hilda's.


Professor Amanda Cooper Sarkar pictured with colleagues, holding the 2015 Chadwick Medal