Images of Research 2018 – Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Images of Research Gala Evening on Wednesday 6th June, we hope you enjoyed the evening! A special thank you to our colleagues at The Hive, our judging panel: Professor Sarah Greer, Anne Hannaford and Greg Dunn and to all staff and research student colleagues for entering this year’s competition.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Images of Research 2018….


JUDGES CHOICE AWARD (STAFF): Ruth STACEY Institute of Humanities 

Creative writing as research: endless branches, twigs of editing and then blossom.

My research is based on Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951) and interrogates different approaches by writing an imagined memoir of her life with poetry. Smith was an artist who lived an adventurous life; she was friends with actors, writers and artists and is mostly remembered for designing a tarot deck. However, only viewing her through the occult lens does her a disservice, as her letters portray an ambitious business woman who saw the tarot deck as just another job. As Smith was a symbolist artist, I am using techniques of the symbolist poets, like Rimbaud, as a starting point



Second World War Garden String Hat

This crocheted hat made from garden string epitomises the confluence of a ‘beauty as duty’ morale boosting ethos and the desire for women to keep up appearances in an era of extreme shortages. The ability to be creative and use materials in unusual ways was essential in order for women in keep a sense of identity and individuality whilst at the same time coping within the limitations of clothes rationing and coupons which barely provided for one new outfit each year. My research examines how people did this and what were the defining factors in being able to achieve this.

‘Hat from the collection of the Fashion History Museum, Cambridge, Canada, photography by Jonathan Walford’


Demystifying heart disease

Coronary artery disease occurs when the blood vessels that supply the heart become progressively narrowed, which can lead to a heart attack. This study is looking at a potentially promising new compound that could be used via a blood test to diagnose heart attacks.

My picture shows the heart immersed in a ‘mist of the unknown’ which is becoming clearer as we learn more about the disease. The blood sample indicates the knowledge gained from analysis, in this instance for the substance ‘allantoin’, as a possible indicator of heart attack meaning that treatment can be started without delay.

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (SECOND PRIZE): emma dabbs, Institute of science and the environment

River Channel Evolution

Due to recent advances in drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), river channel evolution can be closely monitored better than ever before. My research focuses on using UAV photos to create computer-based 3D models to quantify floodplain storage capacity and assess rapid channel change of the River Teme near Knighton (pictured). UAV imagery allows me to map and monitor these processes from bespoke flights. The result is ultra-high resolution continuous data over a whole reach, rather than traditional time-consuming point measurements with erosion pins or cross-section surveys in a small number of places.

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (THIRD PRIZE): dr alan dixon, Institute of science and the environment

“As we told you last time…”

In 2017 I returned to Ethiopia to meet some of the farmers I had worked with during my PhD fieldwork back in 1997. I was keen to understand how their situation had changed over the last 20 years. Not a great deal it seems; crop yields continue to decline, the climate is even more unpredictable, and the government continues to provide little support. But more encouragingly, our research on sustainable wetland management was widely acknowledged as playing a key role in raising awareness of the important contribution wetlands make to people’s livelihoods and environmental security throughout the region.

View all of the entries to this year’s competition in our online catalogue

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