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RESEARCHERS from The University of Sheffield have received funding for their work at a national competition.

Nicola Hemmings, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, and Dr Paul Richmond, a Research Associate in the Department of Automatic Control Systems Engineering, also won prizes at SET for Britain.

The 28-year-olds beat hundreds of other researchers who were asked to present their work at a poster competition to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists.

Nicola won bronze in biological and biomedical sciences as well as £1,000 for her research on diagnosing fertility problems in critically endangered birds.

She said: “It was a fantastic opportunity. I was delighted to be given the chance to talk about my work to a wider audience and engage with politicians.”

Paul won silver in engineering and a £2,000 prize for his software which enables high performance simulations of large complex systems, such as very large pedestrian crowds,

He added: “Winning second place in SET for Britain is an enormous confidence boost in that my work is clearly understood by a wide audience and its impact is appreciated.”