Date of release: Thursday, June 18, 2015

University of GreenwichTwo Greenwich researchers are celebrating after winning a university £5,000 Early Career Researcher Excellence Award 2015.

The awards, recognising exceptional research achievements and career potential,
will help high-flyers Dr Rachael Docking, of the Faculty of Education & Health, and Dr Sarah Arnold, of the Faculty of Engineering & Science, develop their careers as researchers.

Dr Docking, who specialises in pain and its management in older adults, is planning to use her grant to spend a few weeks in Australia next spring with world leaders in the field.

"This award has given me an amazing opportunity to meet and work with the top researchers into all aspects of ageing including pain and pain management. It is something I could not have done on my own," she says.

Dr Arnold, who is based at the Natural Resources Institute at the university's Medway Campus, will pursue her interests in pollinators such as bumble bees and honey bees and their behaviours while gathering nectar and pollen.

She says: "The grant will enable me to start building new areas of investigation which have emerged from research programmes I am already undertaking, and link up with other researchers in the field internationally.

"Understanding our pollinators in greater depth is essential if we are to be prepared properly to counter threats to food security across the world."

Professor Pam Maras, Director of the Greenwich Early Career Researcher Network, says: "We are delighted to make our 2015 awards to Dr Docking and Dr Arnold.

"They were outstanding candidates for our Early Career Researcher Excellence grants, having demonstrated tremendous commitment not only to their own research programme but also their university departments and the work of their colleagues.

"They have also demonstrated their abilities to work successfully with people and organisations associated with their research fields nationally and internationally."

Dr Docking and Dr Arnold were selected by an expert panel for the 2015 awards which aim to help high calibre researchers develop their early careers.

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