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DMU professor is finalist in UK's PhD awards

An established academic has been nominated for a national award for his support for postgraduate students.

Professor Martin Grootveld of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Leicester School of Pharmacy is one of five finalists for PhD Supervisor of the Year, in the Postgrad Awards 2020 run by websites and

Awards organisers said they had been “overwhelmed” by the number of entries and inspiring stories of supervisors who had encouraged postgraduates in their studies, provided pastoral care and support in presenting their work and findings.

Andy Pritchard, managing director of Find A University, said: “Our Postgrad Awards underline our continuous commitment to celebrate postgraduate students and staff. We want to showcase their achievements and recognise them for not only their academic merit or teaching excellence but for everything else that comes with being a postgraduate supervisor.

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of high-quality entries and reading the stories and experiences that aren’t always shared but are hugely inspiring. Our judging panel consists of experts across the education sector, and will have the difficult job of judging the shortlisted nominations and selecting our winners."

More than 100 academics were nominated for the awards, which will be announced on August 17.

Professor Grootveld, Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry, has been at DMU for seven years. His work has been featured all over the world often hitting the headlines.

Three years ago he appeared on the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor to explain the health properties of cooking oils.

His recent work includes research into breast cancer treatments, and how to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks.

The full list of shortlisted nominees is available here. The winner of the PhD Supervisor of the Year will be featured online and in print, which will showcase their success so far, their winning application, and their department and opportunities.

Posted on Wednesday 17th June 2020

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