Association of Open University Graduates


Dr Stephen Serjeant and Helen Davidge


AOUG Vice-Chancellor Sir John Horlock Award for Science

2015 recipient Helen Davidge

Helen won the Award for her research in Observational Cosmology. Her main topic is to use images taken by the space telescope AKARI to probe galaxy evolution. After A levels she became a professional Actor and Drama Tutor and when she commenced her OU undergraduate course in 2005, science was a hobby. Then during her third year modules she decided to have a career change and applied to do a PhD in Cosmology at the OU. 

The highlights of her time studying with The Open University were obtaining a first for her undergraduate Physical Sciences degree; and in Summer 2015 she was chosen by the British Council to be one of ten PhD students to research in Japan for ten weeks on a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Summer Fellowship. She studied at JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), where the AKARI telescope was designed. This was very beneficial for her PhD work.