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Michael King Prize

To honour the memory of Michael King, an annual Prize is awarded to the best PhD Thesis in Mental Health at UCL.

Key Information

Eligibility

Applications are open to UCL PhD Awardees who have conducted thesis work with a primary focus in mental health, regardless of their discipline or Faculty,  

For the 2022 awards we considered applications from awardees whose PhD degrees were officially awarded during the academic year of 2021/2022*.

(*This corresponds to the official award date as stated in the award letter and as reflected on Portico,  i.e. when all the requirements for completion have been met. This is not the date of the viva or the date when corrections are approved).

Application Process

The application form must be completed and submitted by the candidates. The form includes:

  • A 50-word student biography
  • Thesis Abstract (as presented in the Thesis)
  • Impact statement (as presented in the Thesis)
  • Personal statement (500-words max)
  • Supporting statement from the Sponsor. The ‘Sponsor’ can be the student’s primary supervisor or any member of the thesis committee.

Deadline

The application deadline will typically be at the end of August.

Assessment

Applications will be assessed by a Panel of UCL Mental Health Experts which will decide based on overall academic excellence and contribution to the field of mental health.

Membership of the 2022 selection panel:

  • Prof Tony David (Chair, Professor of Mental Health and Director of the UCL Institute of Mental Health)
  • Prof Helen Killaspy (Professor of Rehabilitation Psychiatry, UCL Division of Psychiatry)
  • Dr Bonamy Oliver (Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, UCL Institute of Education)
  • Prof Sunjeev Kamboj (Professor of Translational Clinical Psychology, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences)

The Prize

We will award one £500 prize. One award will be made per year.

Michael King Prize 2022

The Michael King Prize 2022 was announced at the IoMH Annual International Conference on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

Winner:  Aaron Kandola (Department of Epidemiology and Applied Clinical Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry) for his PhD Thesis entitled ‘Associations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and physical fitness with common health symptoms in the population.' (Supervisor: Prof David Osborn)

Highly Commended:  Zixuan Wang (Research Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy) for his PhD Thesis entitled 'The safety of antipsychotic use during pregnancy'. (Supervisor: Prof Ian Wong)