Research news round-up from around the College

Posted by ajw108 at Mar 22, 2018 05:05 PM |
A round-up of news featured in the Spring 2018 College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Bulletin


News and Events

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

The remains of a 13th century monastic site, Greyfriars in Leicester, which was revealed as the burial place of King Richard III during the course of an excavation by Leicester archaeologists, has been granted protection by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

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Richard Thomas, was invited as lead scientist on the ‘Attenborough and the Giant Elephant’ documentary. As part of the project, Richard spent a week in New York analysing Jumbo’s skeleton, which offered vital clues into Jumbo’s life and controversial death.

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‘Attenborough and the Giant Elephant’ documentary

Department of Criminology

Miriam Bentley-Rose spoke at the Milton Keynes annual Safeguarding conference regarding the use of Fundamental British Values for safeguarding. Stevie-Jade Hardy was quoted in an article for Al Jazeera, titled ‘Half of UK sees The Sun tabloid as ‘negative influence’

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Diane Urquhart was invited to present at a conference in Bergamo, Italy, by Francesca Lanz of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano.

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Standing Together Against Hate

Stevie-Jade Hardy and Neil Chakraborti launched the HEFCE-funded ‘Standing Together Against Hate’. The project is coming to the end of the first phase, which involved consulting with staff and students to capture their views on how we can raise awareness of hate crime amongst the University community and improve support services for those affected by it.

Beyond the Gaze

An evening of film screenings, a panel discussion and wine reception too place on 21 March 2016 for the ‘Beyond the Gaze’ project. Beyond the Gaze is the largest study to date of UK online sex work, examining the working conditions, safety and policing of the industry by researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Strathclyde.

Film screenings include:

Beyond the Gaze: Online Sex Work in the 21st Century (12 mins), Hayley Evans and Amy Cory, University of Leicester

• Sex Work in the UK (15 mins), Dr Scarlett Redman

• Normal (48 mins), Professor Nick Mai, University of Kingston.

Wendy Fitzgibbon has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the Criminology of the Visual Conference in Bielefeld University in March 2018.

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Matt Hopkins presented a talk entitled, ‘Commercial Victimisation: The known, the unknown and the way forward for future research’ at the Home Office Crime Prevention Seminar Series on 6th February 2018.

School of Education

Colin Foster was the guest editor for the special issue of Mathematics in School devoted to the life’s work of Professor Malcolm Swan, which was published in March 2018.

School of History, Politics & International Relations

AHRC secondment for Roey

Roey Sweet has started a three year secondment at the AHRC as Director of Partnerships and Engagement.

In this role she will oversee the Research Council’s diverse partnerships, including those with its Independent Research Organisations (IRO) and international research partners as well as leading on its engagement with the wider research community.

Deborah Toner

As co-ordinator of the international Drinking Studies Network, Deborah Toner hosted a two-day conference “Changing Drinking Cultures” at the University of Leicester, 3-4 February 2018. With funding from Alcohol Research UK, the conference explored the question of how and why drinking cultures change from multidisciplinary perspectives, bringing together experts in public health and social policy with historians, sociologists, literary scholars, anthropologists and more.

Andrew Futter

Andrew Futter provided a high level briefing to experts from the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group in London about the cyber threat to nuclear command and control systems. The EASLG is chaired by former UK secretary of defence Lord Des Browne and includes over a dozen current and former very high level national security policymakers from the US, UK, Russia and across Europe. Andrew was also invited to brief members of the UK Cabinet Office on the current cyber threat landscape and what it means for the future of UK deterrence and security policy.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Luca Fenoglio was invited by the Primo Levi Center in New York and the Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies to give a public talk about Jewish rescue in Italian-occupied south-eastern France and a seminar paper on the Fascist treatment of foreign Jews in the Italian occupied territories during the Second World War.

Luca Fenoglia and Alexis Herr will organise a panel entitled ‘Anti-Semitism, persecution, genocide? A multilateral examination of Fascist Italy during the Holocaust’ at the next Lessons & Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XV that will convene at Washington University in St. Louis on 1-4 November 2018.

Leicester Law School

In 2016, the Law Commission called for ideas for its 13th Programme of Law Reform. It received 1,300 submissions covering 220 different topics. Janet Ulph submitted two proposals for law reform relating to museum collections. In December 2017, the Commissioners announced that they had chosen 14 topics; each topic has full Government backing. Janet’s proposals were chosen and now form part of the Commission’s Thirteenth Programme.

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Dawn Watkins recently presented the key findings of the Law in Children’s Lives project to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Public Legal Education, chaired by Lord Low. Dawn explained how her team had created a digital game ‘Adventures with Lex’ as a research tool; gathering data from 634 children aged 8-11 years, to assess their understanding of law in their everyday lives. She presented alongside speakers from the charity ‘Together for Short Lives’ and the Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

School of Museum Studies

Ross Parry has been listed in the EdTech50. The EdTech50 celebrates the work of the education technology sector in the UK, and shines a spotlight on those pioneering a new future in education through technology. Ross is listed as 6th in the most influential people category.


School of History, Politics and International Relations

CBE honour

Emeritus Professor Stuart Ball has been awarded a CBE for services to political history.

MBE award

Martin Stern, who works with the Stanley Burton Centre and has been awarded an MBE for services to Holocaust Education.

Department of Criminology

Clare Gunby and Becky Barnes won two categories in the 2017 Images of Research Competition. Winner of the best image from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and secondly, winner of the best staff image.

Clare Gunby and Becky Barnes won two categories in the 2017 Images of Research Competition. Winner of the best image from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and  Humanities and secondly, winner of the best staff image.

A round-up of news featured in the Spring 2018 College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Bulletin

Media Engagement

Department of Criminology

Teela Sanders’ Beyond the Gaze event received media coverage on the following platforms:

BBC News Online

BBC Radio 4 - Today

BBC Radio One - Newsbeat

BBC Two - Victoria Derbyshire (1hr 22m)

Matt Hopkins appeared on BBC Inside Out on 29th November to speak about Ram Raids of cash machines in Leicestershire.

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