Heriot-Watt Ph.D. student awarded research fellowship from Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science


Hayley Melville, Ph.D. student at the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS) in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) has been awarded a £6,000 research fellowship by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), as part of the JSPS summer programme.

This programme will fully fund a two-month research fellowship in a Japanese host lab of Hayley's choosing. The award aims to strengthen academic links between Japan and the UK. Hayley is currently researching novel sensors capable of real-time, continuous, minimally invasive monitoring of lactate in babies during difficult births.

Hayley, who was recently also awarded a prestigious H.R.H. Tenovus Scotland Ph.D. studentship, says: “This Summer Programme Award will allow me to work closely with two Japanese laboratories which work very closely on technologies that could be of great benefits for my Ph.D. I am grateful that my Japanese colleagues heartily accepted to welcome me over the summer.”

23 students were selected from the whole of UK and from all fields of research. More information about the fellowship and JSPS can be found on the British Council Japan website.

Hayley is supervised by Prof. Marc Desmulliez from ISSS, Dr Michael Crichton from IMPEE and Prof. Fiona Denison, Director of Tommy’s Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.


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