Air pollution problems, healing hearts and Caesar’s Rome among research showcased at University of Leicester festival

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Employers and public invited to view cutting-edge work at Festival of Postgraduate Research 2015 on Monday 6 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 July 2015

A full list of research to be showcased at the Festival of Postgraduate Research 2015 can be found here:

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Research into how air pollution is affecting the bacteria in our lungs, how an ageing heart can potentially be made young again and the ornate majesty of Julius Caesar’s Rome are among the many projects to be showcased by University of Leicester research students on Monday 6 July.

Fifty outstanding research students at the University of Leicester will be revealing their work at the free public Festival of Postgraduate Research between 11am and 2pm in the Charles Wilson Building on the main University campus.

The 50 students were selected from the 1,600 member postgraduate research community at the University and will present their work in the form of a poster to high-profile judges from research funding bodies, government and industry.

Research showcased at the event spans multiple periods of time, from class literature to futuristic virtual reality, and will explore topics such as how blood testing can help to diagnose cancer and how cliffs in the United Kingdom are being eroded due to climate change.

For those taking part, the Festival, which is hosted by the Graduate School, offers an opportunity to meet employers and others in their field and develop their own profile as a researcher. For the University, it is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of its postgraduate research community.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Graduate Dean, said: “The Festival provides a unique opportunity for researchers to communicate the excitement and relevance of their research to an audience of non-specialists.

“I am always impressed by the breadth and diversity of research exhibited here. Our postgraduate researchers are clearly working hard to ensure that very high standards are achieved.”

The Festival concludes with an awards ceremony - with winners for the best presentation in four broad discipline areas, a number of specialist prizes, and the Graduate Dean's prize for the best presentation overall.

The Graduate School has secured sponsorship for prizes being presented at the Festival. Sponsors include Alstom Technologies, Elsevier Publishing, EThOS (British Library), Leicester Mercury, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the University of Leicester’s Development and Alumni Relations Office.

As well as the annual poster competition, the festival includes the PhDepictions photography competition which requires entrants to create an image that communicates their research, their findings, and their passion for their subject and the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) which requires postgraduate researchers to distil their thesis and communicate it orally in no more than three minutes and using no more than one slide. The winners of this competition go on to compete at a national 3MT competition.

Dr Jago Cooper, curator of the Americas at the British Museum, and who has presented a series of programmes for the BBC, will be providing the keynote address with his talk entitled ‘The Power of Research’.

The eleventh Festival of Postgraduate Research takes place on Monday 6 July 2015 in the Charles Wilson Building at the University of Leicester.

Visitors can view the posters between 11am and 2pm and there will be live-tweeting throughout the Festival using the hashtag #PGRFest

To book your place, go to

A full list of research to be showcased at the Festival of Postgraduate Research can be found here:


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