Sedgwick Studentships at Anglia Ruskin University

A partnership was established between the Cambridge Philosophical Society and Anglia Ruskin University in 2021 where the Society would support two PhD studentships “Sedgwick Studentships”. CPS funds the tuition fees and stipend, and ARU is responsible for bench fees and consumables. The students are registered on the ARU Doctoral Programme and are based at the Cambridge campus. The subject areas for the studentships are in fields where ARU shows research excellence, and the field of Life Sciences was selected for the first rounds of studentships. The Sedgwick Studentships provide a welcome addition to the limited number of Chancellor’s Studentships currently available at ARU and operate under the same regulations.

The aims of the Philosophical Society are “to promote research in all branches of science and to encourage the communication of the results of scientific research.” The advertisement and selection of each of the Sedgwick Studentships is made by ARU, in full consultation with the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Sedgwick Profiles


Evie Carter

Sedgwick Studentship 2023-2026

Lewis Spurrier-Best

Sedgwick Studentship 2023-2026

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The quest for the first stars and first black holes with the James Webb Space Telescope

Professor Roberto Maiolino

  • 18:00 - 19:00 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

Finding and understanding the nature of the first stars at cosmic dawn is one of the most important and most ambitious goals for modern astrophysics. The first populations of stars produced the first chemical elements heavier than helium and formed the first, small protogalaxies, which then evolved, across the cosmic epoch, into the large and mature galaxies, such as the Milky Way and those in our local neighbour. Equally important and equally challenging is the search, in the early Universe, of the seeds of the first population of black holes, which later evolved in the supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies, with masses even exceeding a billion times the mass of the Sun. When matter accretes on such supermassive black holes it can become so luminous to vastly outshine the light emitted by all stars in their host galaxy.

Since its launch, about two years ago, the James Webb Space Telescope has been revolutionizing this area of research. Its sensitivity in detecting infrared light from the remotest parts of the Universe is orders of magnitude higher than any previous observatory, an historical leap in astronomy and, more broadly, in science. I will presents some of the first, extraordinary discoveries from the Webb telescope, which have resulted in several unexpected findings. I will also discuss the new puzzles and areas of investigation that have been opened by Webb’s observations, how these challenge theoretical models, and the prospects of further progress in the coming years.

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Every breath you take and every move you make - understanding cellular oxygen sensing mechanisms

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS

  • 18:00 - 19:00 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

The maintenance of oxygen homeostasis is a key physiological challenge, inadequate oxygen (hypoxia) being a major component of most human diseases. The lecture will trace insights into human oxygen homeostasis from the founding work of William Harvey on the circulation of the blood to the molecular elucidation of a system of oxygen sensing that functions to measure oxygen levels in cells and control adaptive responses to hypoxia. The lecture will outline how the oxygen sensitive signal is generated by a set of ‘oxygen splitting’ enzymes that modify a transcription factor (HIF) to signal for its degradation (and hence inactivation).  It will attempt to illustrate and rationalise the unexpected in biological discovery and discuss the interface of discovery science with the development of medical therapeutics.

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