Research students celebrate conference success

The University of Worcester hosted the Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ on Thursday 29th June, at the Hive. The day attracted over 100 registrations; there were 20 oral presentations and 25 poster presentations throughout the day – represented by a range of Worcester and external postgraduate researchers. The whole conference was opened by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sarah Greer, who spoke eloquently about the value of research, being a research student and her sage advice about being a researcher. The crowd nodded in agreement when Sarah expressed the need for academic generosity, and a day such as the conference is a perfect example of such. With a warm and encouraging tone set for the day it was a jam packed schedule with 5 oral sessions – ranging from – ‘body and mind’ to ‘history and literature’ to ‘physical and mental health.’ In the middle and sandwiched around lunch the poster presenters had time and space to showcase their research as delegates walked through the exhibition.

We have had some excellent feedback already, through emails, the feedback forms and twitter, ranging internal and external delegates, staff and presenters. With one delegate expressing it was extremely professional throughout and there was a great buzz and a presenter kindly stating “the structure was excellent with designated themes and I really thought the addition of the Q&A sessions at the end was excellent.”

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The quality of the day was a true reflection of the quality of the research. An addition this year being prizes! Firstly, for outstanding presentations in each session, the following people from a variety of institutions were celebrated: Lucy Piggott (University of Chichester), Benjamin Ong (University of St. Andrews), Anna Muggeridge (University of Worcester), Benjamin Parry (University of Birmingham), Francis Blore (University of Northampton) and Hilary Causer (University of Worcester).

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The day closed with a panel on the ‘Post PhD Experience’ where a session was led by questions from the audience about – doing, completing, using and emotions – of postgraduate research. We had Dr. Rachael Bullingham, Dr. Scott Buckler and Dr. Danielle Stephens, Charlotte Taylor and Professor Maggie Andrews give varying perspectives from University of Worcester, academic staff, research development staff and general personal views. It rounded the whole day off wonderfully, as we were all able to leave with both practical and pastoral advice to take forward in our postgraduate research and careers.

Finally, the Postgraduate Research Conference would like to thank the following people as without their support and contributions the day would not have been such a success.

THANK YOU to:

  • University of Worcester Research School;
  • The Hive Team;
  • All presenters and delegates;
  • All chairs and speakers;
  • A lot of staff and students at the University of Worcester who aided in ‘the little things’… such as, printing, spreading the word and generally supporting.

See you next year, The 2017 Postgraduate Research Conference Committee!

View photos from the conference here

Images of Research 2017: Winners announced!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Images of Research Gala Evening on Wednesday 28th 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 2017….

 

JUDGES CHOICE AWARD: DR DANIEL SOMERVILLE Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Seeing Red: A Carmen Story

“This image shows second year MTheatre student, Lauren Clarke, in an adaptation of Bizet’s opera Carmen.  The production was a physical-visual theatre performance that employed my PhD research into the ‘operatic’ through applying a choreographic vocabulary based on the movement of opera singers.  The ‘operatic’ as a concept and style, emerges in the movement and scenography of the performance, but also through the use of operatic structure and theory, which informed how we devised the production.  This research enables students to encounter opera by deconstructing it, bringing them nearer to the drama and characters, making opera more accessible and relevant.”

 

JUDGES CHOICE AWARD: ROB SHOTTON, Institute of Science and the Environment

Can solar farms help stop farmland bird decline?

“Farmland bird numbers have declined by up to 50% over the past 30 years due to changes in farming practices and solar farms provide opportunities to address this decline. However, the impact of these installations is not well studied and as farmland is taken out of production for years it is vital to understand the effect on biodiversity. By performing bird and vegetation surveys on solar farms and traditionally managed farmland we’ll gain a greater understanding of wildlife’s use of solar farms and associated management practices leaving the industry better placed to manage them with a focus on environmental sustainability.”

 

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (FIRST PRIZE): JO JOHNSON, Institute of Health and Society

The happiest time of your life…

 

“This woman that has a smile on her lips but her eyes translate her true feelings. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems during pregnancy.  Mental ill-health is under recognised and under treated but in many cases can have a serious impact on the woman and her family. My research will explore midwives knowledge of mental health disorders in pregnancy and their experiences of referring women for specialist support. I hope my research will help to improve care for pregnant women experiencing mental ill-health.”

 

 

 

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (SECOND PRIZE): PROFESSOR LISA JONES, Institute of Health and Society

“It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest things you will ever do” 

“My research concerns the causes of mood disorders.  These are common, severe mental illnesses, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.  They affect around 1 in 5 people during their lifetime, and significantly impact family life, work and social life.  In many cases having a mood disorder is devastating for the person who has the illness, and for their family and friends.  The causes are complex and not yet well understood.  By learning more about the causes, my research is helping to improve treatments and ultimately the lives of those affected by mood disorders.” Title quoted by Stephen Fry

 

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (THIRD PRIZE): JANE RICHARDSON, Institute of Health and Society

Breast Cancer, Lifestyle and Wellbeing

 “My research project is looking at the effects of a group lifestyle intervention that we run at Worcester University for women who have had treatment for breast cancer. During the 12 weekly sessions, the group members share recipes, try new foods and discuss healthy food choices in line with the World Cancer Research Fund recommendations; they also try different physical activities such as power walking, tai chi, Pilates and circuits. The research project considers whether this programme addresses people’s lifestyle concerns, improves wellbeing and influences behaviour change in the short and long term and investigates how this might have occurred.”

 

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

Images of Research 2017 – voting is now open!

Voting is now open for the Images of Research Competition 2017!

Following the success of the inaugural Images of Research competition in 2015, this exhibition showcases and celebrates current research by bringing it to the public arena.

The exhibition will run from 17th-29th June at The Hive.

An Overall Winner’s prize will be awarded for the best submission judged by a professional panel. There is also a Public’s Choice award voted for by you!

Visit The Hive and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium!

Can’t make it to The Hive to vote in person? Vote online! Browse our online catalogue and vote for your 3 favourite images (in no particular order). Online voting will close on 27th June.

 

 

PG Research Conference – Call for late-breaking abstracts

Did you want to submit an abstract to the Postgraduate Research Conference but missed the deadline?

On behalf of the conference committee, we are pleased to announce a call for late-breaking abstracts (poster presentations only). This is an idea opportunity to practise your presentation skills and disseminate your research in a supportive environment. I would strongly encourage anyone who has not yet submitted an abstract for a poster presentation to consider presenting your work at the conference. Don’t have any data to present? Not a problem! Whether you’re in the early stages of your research degree or almost ready to submit, a poster is an ideal format to outline your work.

Submissions should be in the following format:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Overview of the presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Brief bio (no more than 100 words)

For more information and to submit your abstract please contact: worcspgrc@outlook.com

Please submit all abstracts by: Friday 9th June.

Don’t forget to register for the conference too, book your place here and follow the build up to the Conference on Twitter @UoWPGC

Images of Research Competition 2017

Some of our entries from our 2015 competition

We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Images of Research Competition!

Following the success of our inaugural Images of Research competition in 2015, this year’s exhibition will take place between 16th-29th June at The Hive. This is a unique opportunity to communicate and disseminate your research to a non-specialist audience and enhance public engagement.

We invite all research students and staff to submit an image that encapsulates your research, accompanied by a short 100-word text. If you would like some inspiration, have a look at our catalogue from our 2015 exhibition.

How to enter

If you would like to submit an entry to the Images of Research competition, please complete the Images of Research application form 2017 and return to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk. The deadline for entries is 29th May.

If you have any questions, please contact researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your entries!

The Researcher Development Team

Thinking about presenting your research? Why not submit to our annual PG Research Conference?

Want to practise your presentation skills and disseminate your research in a supportive environment? Submit your abstract to our postgraduate research conference as an oral or poster presentation.

Book your place at our FREE conference here.

For more information, please contact: worcspgrc@outlook.com

Follow the Conference on Twitter @UoWPGC

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Tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student for a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher

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The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey at the University of Worcester is now open. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student.

Feedback is vital to the university and your department. It lets us know how your programme of research is going, and allows us to compare how we are doing against the experience of students at other institutions, helping us make changes that will improve the experience for research postgraduates in the future. All your responses will be confidential and any reporting will be anonymous.

Information about previous PRES surveys and the changes that have been made as a result of feedback can be found on the ‘Student Surveys’ page on the Research Degree Programme Blackboard organisation.

To complete the survey, look out for emails in your student email inbox with a link to the survey. Please complete the survey by the 18th May.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Could you contribute to the RDP?

Would you like to contribute to the Researcher Development Programme 2017/18?

We would like to invite colleagues from across the University to contribute to our Researcher Development Programme 2017-2018. To see our current programme of workshops for 2016-2017, click here.

If you have an idea for a workshop which you think would benefit our community of researchers, we would love to hear from you! If you have a workshop idea which does not fit neatly into one of the named clusters, please still send us your ideas.

Submitting an expression of interest

Please complete the attached form and email to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Friday 31st March 2017 at 5pm.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the Researcher Development team (Charlotte Taylor and Rosie Plimmer), and Dr John-Paul Wilson. All colleagues will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to discuss expressions of interest further.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

Expression of Interest Form

Would you like to contribute to the RDP in 2017/18?

Res Dev @ Worc

Would you like to contribute to the Researcher Development Programme 2017/18?

We would like to invite colleagues from across the University to contribute to our Researcher Development Programme 2017-2018. To see our current programme of workshops for 2016-2017, click here.

If you have an idea for a workshop which you think would benefit our community of researchers, we would love to hear from you! If you have a workshop idea which does not fit neatly into one of the named clusters, please still send us your ideas.

Submitting an expression of interest

Please complete the attached form and email to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Friday 31st March 2017 at 5pm.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the Researcher Development team (Charlotte Taylor and Rosie Plimmer), and Dr John-Paul Wilson. All colleagues will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to discuss expressions of interest further.

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