Research recognised: postgraduates show off their groundbreaking studies
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 May 2012
Some of the University of Leicester’s brightest sparks will showcase their cutting edge research at this year’s Festival of Postgraduate Research tomorrow (May 17).
Over 60 researchers will present their work to academics, employers and the general public, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for the best presentations.
There will be prizes for the best presentation in four broad discipline categories, a number of special prizes, and the Graduate Dean's Master Prize for the best presentation overall.
Most of these prizes are sponsored by employers who value the unique opportunity that the Festival provides to engage with up-and-coming researchers and hear more about the research taking place across the University. Winners at this event will then go on to present their posters at a regional competition organised by Vitae.
The day will conclude with a keynote address from broadcaster Maggie Philbin, presenter of BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, on The Power of the Story: Why Effective Communication of Research Really Matters.
The participants were picked from the 1,300 doctoral researchers currently working at the University from a range of subject areas including Arts, Humanities and Law; Medicine and Biological Sciences; Science and Engineering; and the Social Sciences.
Shortlisted candidates undertook an intensive training programme, with professional training in presentation and networking skills, poster design and web page preparation.
This is the eighth postgraduate research festival to be held at the University.
A spokesperson from the Graduate School at the University, said: “The Festival offers fellow researchers, the wider University, employers, the media, and the general public an opportunity to meet the next generation of innovators and cutting-edge researchers.
“Over the past seven years the Festival has established itself as a highlight of the University calendar and has proven hugely popular with audiences, giving them a chance to meet and speak with researchers directly.”
The festival will be open to the public from 11 am to 1 pm. It takes place in the Charles Wilson building on the main university campus on University Road. Admission is free and open to all.
The festival’s web page can be accessed at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/festival/visit.