This post is by Research Support Advisor Nicola Barnett

An event was held recently to celebrate and congratulate the winners of the Leeds Early Career Publishing Prize, Olena Gundarina, Yuliya Kazanova and Andrea White.

The Leeds Early Career Publishing Prize celebrates PhD research and supports authors to publish an open access monograph with White Rose University Press (WRUP), the open access press of the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.

The prize was open to University of Leeds PhD graduates from 2017, 2018 and 2019. To win the prize, entrants submitted a proposal explaining how they would turn their thesis into a book.

Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation opened and hosted the event, and explained the importance of the prize in showcasing the talents of the winners within the landscape of increasing collaboration and open access.

The winners spoke about their prize winning monograph proposals and what the prize means to them.  Olena Gundarina explained her research into Russian-speaking migrant children’s experiences in UK primary schools. Yuliya Kazanova described her work examining the Tragic irony in selected works by Graham Greene. Andrea White shared her experiences researching Mental Causation and the Metaphysics of Action. All three winners welcomed the opportunity to share their research with a wider audience by working with an open access publisher.

Professor Luke Windsor, Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College talked about the role of publications and prizes in postgraduate research, and how they can drive individual development and impact.

Kate Petherbridge, White Rose University Press Manager explained the ethos of the Press, and how the publishing model allows it to focus on producing high quality monographs and journals in a supportive, collaborative environment.

The event was closed by Masud Khokhar, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, who praised the diverse range and quality of research undertaken by the prize winners, and discussed the global impact of open research and open monographs.

Prize-winners received a £250 cash prize each. If the book is commissioned, authors will be supported through the peer review process and all book processing charges and open access fees will be paid for.

A recording of the event is available.