University of Leicester festival showcases work of leading postgraduate research students

Posted by ap507 at Jun 23, 2015 10:03 AM |
Employers and public invited to view cutting-edge work at Festival of Postgraduate Research 2015

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 23 June 2015

Fifty outstanding research students at the University of Leicester will showcase their work at the Festival of Postgraduate Research on Monday 6 July.

The 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.  

For those taking part, the Festival 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.

The Festival, which is hosted by the Graduate School is open to the public. Admission is free, and visitors can view the posters and talk to the researchers between 11am and 2pm in the Charles Wilson Building on the main University campus.

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 Alumni.

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

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