Liverpool City Region Students Recognised By The Pandemic Institute's Student Excellence Awards

Updated: Mar 24

LCR's The Pandemic Institute Recognises Scientific Students Across The City Region Through Student Excellence Awards

Professor Matt Ashton at the lectern, speaking at The Student Excellence Awards in The Spine (Credit: The Pandemic Institute/Image Supplied By Publicist).
Professor Matt Ashton at the lectern, speaking at The Student Excellence Awards in The Spine (Credit: The Pandemic Institute/Image Supplied By Publicist).

The Liverpool City Region's Pandemic Institute hosted its first Student Excellence Awards with the goal to boost the career development opportunities of PhD students who could be at the forefront of the fight against future pandemics.


The awards were sponsored by Liverpool-based diagnostics and in-clinic COVID-19 testing company DAM Health, five students working in the areas of infection or diagnostics were presented with £5,000 each.


The grants will enable the students to further their research by attending international conferences or take up world-leading training and development opportunities.


The Pandemic Institute, which opened in May 2021, is a medical, academic

and civic partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) Liverpool.


The Pandemic Institute is striving to offer world-leading clinical and research expertise across all stages of the pandemic lifecycle. It will have global reach, working across the world to deliver new science and build preparedness for future pandemics. The outputs of its work will be rapidly translated into tangible policy, solutions and activity, ensuring real world impact for governments, businesses and individuals across the globe.


'We often think of pandemic preparedness in terms of new vaccines, medicines or diagnostic tests, but a big part is investing in the work force who will develop these innovations and help combat future disease outbreaks.' - Professor Matthew Baylis, Director of the Pandemic Institute.

The students’ projects span the breadth of antimicrobial resistance, mosquito transmitted viruses, vaccines against respiratory disease, novel approaches to pathogen detection and respiratory disease control in middle and low-income countries.


The award recipients, who are studying at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine or Liverpool John Moores University, were presented their awards by Professor Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health.


The ceremony, which was attended by business, civic and political leaders from across the Liverpool City Region, took place at The Spine on Paddington Village, which is located in the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool Innovation District (KQ Liverpool).


Student Excellence Award winners include:

  • Ryan Robinson, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  • Helen Savage, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  • Rachel Byrne, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  • Valeria Carini, Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Nicola Seechurn, University of Liverpool.


Professor Matthew Baylis, Director of the Pandemic Institute, said: 'We often think of pandemic preparedness in terms of new vaccines, medicines or diagnostic tests, but a big part is investing in the work force who will develop these innovations and help combat future disease outbreaks.'


He added: 'I am therefore delighted that DAM Health has partnered with the Pandemic Institute and given funding to enhance the training of local PhD students. We are incredibly grateful to Frank Joseph and his team, and proud of our PhD students for their great work.'


Professor Baylis, said: 'Today’s Student Excellence Awards event will, we hope, be the first of many as the Pandemic Institute works with local, national and international organisations to help prepare the world better for future pandemics.'

Professor Matt Ashton (third from left), Professor Frank Joseph (seventh from left) and Professor Matthew Baylis (fifth from left) with winning students (Credit: The Pandemic Institute/Image Supplied By Publicist).
Professor Matt Ashton (third from left), Professor Frank Joseph (seventh from left) and Professor Matthew Baylis (fifth from left) with winning students (Credit: The Pandemic Institute/Image Supplied By Publicist).

Professor Frank Joseph, Medical Director of DAM Health, said: 'We are proud to have

partnered the Pandemic Institute with the Student Excellence Awards and delighted to be supporting some of Liverpool's most upcoming and brilliant minds in scientific and medical research with these grants.'


He added: 'All of the students are incredibly deserving because they have the potential to become key figures in the fight against possible future pandemics and wider medical diagnostics. It was fantastic to be part of today's ceremony and especially to join Professor Matt Ashton and Professor Matthew Baylis to make these presentations.'


Professor Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Liverpool City Council, said: 'I am delighted to