Research showcase at University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at Jun 24, 2013 12:19 PM |
Employers and public invited to judge excellence in postgraduate research

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 June 2013

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AT 11AM ON THURSDAY JUNE 27 IN THE CHARLES WILSON BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

Fifty of the University of Leicester's best postgraduate researchers, selected competitively from our 1,600 member doctoral researcher community, will present their cutting edge research to academics, employers, and the public.

The University’s Festival of Postgraduate Research (http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/festival) will involve postgraduates talking about their research and presenting information via posters. 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.

Dr Meera Warrier, Research Development Co-ordinator, said: “Over the past eight 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 concludes with an awards ceremony, with winners for the best presentation in each discipline, 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.”

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Graduate Dean, said: “Postgraduate researchers are an important part of the research environment at Leicester and it is critical for the students to be able to communicate about the excellence and impact of their research to the wider world.  These are the researchers of tomorrow and the Festival is their platform to enthuse colleagues and the wider world about their research projects."

Building up to the competition, participants are put through an intensive training programme, with professional training in presentation and networking skills, poster design, and preparing web pages.

The day, on Thursday 27 July, concludes with a keynote address from anaesthetist and expert on space medicine, Dr Kevin Fong (BBC2’s Horizon and Channel 4’s Extreme A&E) entitled ‘Extremes’.

The Festival is open to external visitors from 11 am to 2 pm. It takes place on the second floor of the Charles Wilson building on the main university campus.  Admission is free and the Festival is open to all, but do book a place in advance (http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/festival/visit).

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For more information, please contact:

Dr Meera Warrier

Research Development Co-ordinator

Academic Practice Unit

Tel: +44 (0) 116 2231876

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