I was delighted to receive an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, which I interviewed for in September 2017. This gives me funding to move back to Bristol, a city and university I love, to develop my PhD research for 2 years in a new context. For me, that means taking insights from collective animal behaviour (e.g. ant colonies) into the engineering of swarm robotic systems. I will be working with Dr Sabine Hauert, with a base in Bristol’s Engineering Mathematics Department, specifically the excellent Collective Dynamics Group there. I will be testing out my ideas in the Kilobot platform (1000 robot swarm) at one of Europe’s leading robotics laboratories, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.