Graduate School 2016 in Review

A review of news and achievements in 2016 from across the University's research student community.

January

  • The Graduate School hosted the January Graduate School Induction on the 14th of welcoming new research students to the University of Leicester
  • On the 22nd Alsahira Alkhayer gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "The Displaced Self: Mythology and Art in Colum McCann's Fiction"

February

  • On the 5th Alexander Chaushev gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Search for Distant Worlds: The next generation transit survey"
  • On the 10th Dr Maria Soler Artigas delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology titled "Understanding the genetics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease"
  • On the 10th Dr James Hunter delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology titled "Hydrogen sulphide - a therapy to reduce acute kidney injury"
  • On the 12th Helen Bates gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Carving up the Caribbean"
  • On the 19th Jun Li gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Garden City in China"
  • On the 26th Sadaf Afreen gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "How to make my heart young again"

March

  •  On the 11th Stephanie Bowry gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "'What were Cabinets of Curiosities?'"
  •  On the 18th Phil Carstairs gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Feeding 1000 Hungry Guests: 19th Century Soup Kitchens"

April

  •  On the 8th Haward Soper gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Contract, conflict and cooperation – doctrinal reflections and empirical evidence"
  •  On the 15th Sarah Clayton gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "The long-term impact of very premature birth: Understanding mathematics difficulties"
  •  On the 22nd Shuhan Chen gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "The interpretation of Chinese people’s social network: Friend Circle"
  •  On the 29th Michelle Murphy gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College

May

  • On the 6th Qingqing Wang gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Pupil Voice and Participation in China: A Case Study in a Chinese Primary School"
  • On the 11th Dr Elee Kirk delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities titled "Green crystals and sharp teeth: Young children's photographs of a museum"
  • On the 11th Dr Dr Sarah Newstead delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities titled "Archaeology and the hidden community"
  • On the 13th Esther de Dauw gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College
  • On the 25th Dr Oliver Williams delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities titled "Eat well, Move More, Live Longer’?: Researching the promotion of healthy lifestyles in a deprived neighbourhood"
  • On the 25th Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities titled "The effective enforcement of EU non-discrimination law within and outside courts"
  • On the 27th Ceri Jones gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College

June

  • On the 10th Neil Humphreys gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College
  • On the 24th Kate Williams gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College
  • On the 9th the Graduate School hosted PhDepictions and in another close competition featuring 21 participants, two clear winners emerged: Runner-up Riya George (School of Psychology) for her photograph "Seeing the person behind the patient" and Winner Robert Ott (School of Management) for his photograph "The Callus"
  • On the 9th the Graduate School also hosted the Three Minute Thesis competition. It was an extremely close competition featuring seven excellent presentations - all of which were strictly limited to three minutes and one supporting slide. The result was a runner-up prize for Akang Ekpenyong-Akiba (Department of Molecular and Cell Biology) for her presentation "Towards Cellular Spring-cleaning," and the overall winner was Sameer Kurmani (Department of Cardiovascular Sciences) for his presentation "Blood Cells Chew the Fat: A New way to Treat Heart Disease?"

July

  • On the 7th the 12th Festival of Postgraduate Research took place with several prize winners:
  • The Leicester Mercury Media Prize for the entry with most potential as a media story was won by Reshma Chauhan (Department of Cardiovascular Sciences) for her poster 'DROP DEAD in less than 60 minutes'
  • The Peer Review Prize sponsored by Leicester Mercury was voted for by the presenters themselves and was won by Thomas Chalk (Department of Health Sciences) for his poster 'How healthy are people with learning disabilities?'
  • Yim Ling Sung (School of Management) won this year's prize in the Distance Learning (poster-only) category, sponsored by the Graduate School, for the poster 'How Do Older, Low-Skilled Workers Cope with Unemployment?'
  • The prizes for Best Two Posters in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities sponsored by the Graduate School went to Laurence Droy (Department of Sociology) for his poster 'Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Explaining the occurrence of a harmful practice with computational simulations of social groups' and Emma Reddy (School of English) for her poster Paris, Modernism and Artificial Light (1900-1939)
  • The prize for Best Poster in the College of Science and Engineering sponsored by the Leicester Alumni Association went to Joe Emmings (Department of Geology) for his poster 'Rewinding the Clock 330 Million Years to Help Understand UK Shale Gas Potential'
  • The prizes for Best Poster in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology sponsored by the Leicester City Council was won by Reshma Chauhan (Department of Cardiovascular Sciences) for her poster 'DROP DEAD in less than 60 minutes'
  • The Graduate Dean’s Prize for Best Overall Poster sponsored by the British Library went to Emma Reddy (School of English) for her poster Paris, Modernism and Artificial Light (1900-1939)

August

  • Professor Helen Atkinson became the new Graduate Dean

September

  • On the 30th Turkan Ozkent gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled Mental Health Problems of Refugee Children: Risk and Protective Factors"

October

  • The Graduate School hosted the October Graduate School Induction on the 5th welcoming new research students to the University of Leicester
  • On the 7th Rosie Johnson gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Observing the Northern lights of Jupiter"
  • On the 14th Precious Akponah gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Hidden Treasures: Movement of Meanings and Transformation of Junk into Art"
  • On the 18th Dr Matthew Adamson delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Science and Engineering titled "Useful fictions versus misleading predictions: Complexity and structural sensitivity in biological modelling"
  • On the 18th Dr John Coxon delivered a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture for the College of Science and Engineering titled "Amping it up: Electric currents in the magnetosphere"
  •  On the 28th Emma Reddy gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Paris, Modernism and Artificial Light: 1900-1939"

November

  • On the 4th Sarah Newstead gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Archaeology and The Hidden Community"
  • On the 11th Phil Wintle gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "The History of the Ku Klux Klan in American Cinema"
  • On the 18th Nkeiruka N Onyia gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Correlation Between Vegetation Indices and Importance Value Index of Plant Species in an Oil Polluted Transect in Kporghor, Nigeria"
  • On the 25th Kate Herrity gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Sound, knowledge and society"

December

  • On the 2nd Laurence Droy gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "Exploring common theories of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa using quantitative data"
  • On the 9th Joshua Stuart-Bennett gave a lunchtime lecture at the Leicester Adult Education College titled "'Baby-farming' and the social construction of multiple murder"

 

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