Showcasing the Next Generation of World-Changing Researchers


The Festival of Postgraduate Research, presented by the Graduate School for the Twelfth year in 2016, is where the very best of our doctoral researchers get the chance to present themselves to the wider University, employers, and the public. The Festival took place on Thursday, 7 July 2016 in the Charles Wilson Building on the main University campus.

Meet the Festival Presenters

photo of festival crowd

 Postgraduate Research at the University of Leicester

Fifty-five postgraduate researchers, selected competitively from the University's 1,700 member doctoral community, were invited to exhibit their research as a poster presentation and asked to describe their work and its real world implications to a non-specialist audience. 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.

For those who took part in the Festival it was a unique opportunity to network with employers and others in their field and develop their own profile as a researcher - and for the University it's an opportunity to celebrate the strength of its postgraduate researcher community.

Highlight of the University Calendar

Over the past twelve 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 concluded with a keynote speech 'Communication in Science: It's All About the Passion' by Dr Adrian Parton MBE, celebrated Cambridge microbiologist, highly successful business-person and renowned philanthropist, and an awards ceremony - with winners for the best presentation in each college, a number of specialist prizes, and the Graduate Dean's prize for the best presentation overall.

Many 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 real-world applications of the work taking place across the University. We thank all those organisations and businesses who sponsored prizes at the 2016 Festival of Postgraduate Research.

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