Festival of Postgraduate Research - this Thursday

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 22, 2010 03:50 PM |
Displays by fifty of our brightest postgrads plus guest speaker Bettany Hughes.

This Thursday (24 June) sees the University’s sixth annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. Fifty students have been selected – from stiff competition – to present their research projects as posters to a coterie of judges. And the event is open to the public.

It’s a great opportunity to find out about the vast range of research projects being conducted by postgrads across our four Colleges by actually talking to the students. And it’s a great opportunity for the students to get experience of presenting their work to others, a skill which is essential in any academic field. It’s also a terrific chance for employers to check out some our top academic talent.

In addition to which, there is always a keynote address by a famous name. In 2009 we had science writer Simon Singh. This year the historian Bettany Hughes is our keynote speaker.

Subjects covered at the festival range from variations in the length of repeated DNA sequences to the domestication of turkeys and from the analysis of comet dust to the employability problems of former professional dancers. Truly, there is something for everyone!

Keynote speaker Bettany Hughes is a leading authority on the ancient world and author of the definitive book on Helen of Troy. She is also a familiar face/voice on television and radio, and you will even find her on the DVD of gory blockbuster 300, the director of which used Bettany’s Channel 4 series The Spartans as a principal research source.

Among the fifty research projects on display at the  2010 Festival of Postgraduate Research are:

The Festival of Postgraduate Research runs from 11.00am to 1.00pm in the Charles Wilson Building in the centre of campus. If you would like to attend, please complete this Visitor Booking Form.