Leicester researcher wins Silver Award in House of Commons competition

Riya George, a researcher at University of Leicester won Silver at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her biology research, walking away with a £2,000 prize.

Riya, from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour, presented her healthcare research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition STEM for BRITAIN, on Monday 13 March.

Her research, which focuses on how to better teach and evaluate diversity education in healthcare institutions, was judged against 59 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out as one of the three winners.

Riya said: "My PhD gathered the valued perspectives of mental-health patients, NHS health professionals and medical educators around how to better teach and evaluate diversity education in healthcare institutions. It was a privilege to participate in this competition and meet and learn from aspiring early-career researchers and an absolute honour to win the Silver Award. Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging event!"

STEM for BRITAIN aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.

Riya will be featured on BBC Radio Leicester on 4 April 2017 to discuss her research at around 11.30am. She is also a finalist for the Best Original Research Paper Award (BORPA) which will be awarded by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) at the University of Exeter on 21-23 June 2017.