Congratulations to Daniel Ratliff, a final year PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, supervised by Tom Bridges and Matt Turner, who has been awarded PhD student of the year in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (which includes the Departments of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, and Mathematics). Dan started his PhD in July 2014 and the main theme of his project is “phase dynamics” in the theory of nonlinear waves which he has taken to a whole new level. His PhD project has produced 7 published papers, including two sole author papers, with several more in the pipeline, all in leading journals. Links to three of his papers are here, here and here. During his PhD he has given talks or posters at BANFF (Canada), SIAM Waves conference (Cambridge, Philadelphia), BAMC (Cambridge, Oxford, Surrey), LMS Conferences (Loughborough, London), and Bielefeld (Germany).