University of Leicester to showcase research stars of tomorrow

Posted by pt91 at Jun 28, 2017 03:46 PM |
Festival of Postgraduate Research 2017 takes place on 29 June

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 June 2017

The University of Leicester’s annual event celebrating postgraduate research returns this week, providing members of the public the opportunity to discover more about the diverse range of cutting-edge work of the University’s Postgraduate Researchers.

On 29 June the Graduate School will hold its final showcase event of the year, the thirteenth annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. Fifty postgraduate students from a range of disciplines will present alongside an academic poster of their research in the 02 Academy in the University’s Students’ Union, engaging visitors in discussions of their work. Staff, students and members of the public are welcome between 10am - 1pm to discover more about postgraduate research at the University.

Attendees can expect to see a diverse and eclectic array of research as postgraduate students from all three colleges, the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, present their work side by side.

The presenters were shortlisted from over one hundred initial entrants based on the strength of their research abstract. They have since spent the last few months working on their research poster as well as honing their communication skills in order to portray their research in a clear and concise manner to visitors, no matter their familiarity with the discipline.

As always, the University’s Researcher Development Team have been on hand, providing training on poster design as well as communication and confidence building sessions. The highlight of this was an EXact training session run in partnership with the Curve Theatre, a vocal training session designed to help participants develop their projection and self-assurance when it comes to explaining their research at the event.

The Festival isn’t just an opportunity for guests to discover more about postgraduate research however, with prizes available for those who most effectively communicate their work through the combination of their poster, and engaging with the panel of judges.

The prizes have been made possible thanks to the Festival’s sponsors: Leicester Mercury (2 prizes), Alumni Association (1 prize), The Miller Partnership (1 prize) and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support ( 1 prize). These awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Graduate Dean’s Award for Public Engagement
  • Best Poster, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • Best Poster, College of Science and Engineering
  • Best Poster, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
  • Peer Review Prize
  • Media Prize

Head of Researcher Development, Dr Meera Warrier, said: “The Festival is an annual high point on the University’s calendar, when we invite external judges from across the public sector, charities, media and industry to evaluate the best posters out of the competitively selected 50 best posters from our research student community. The postgraduate research students enjoy the opportunity and challenge of communicating their research to a lay audience, and the judges never fail to be impressed at the range and depth of research being undertaken here.”

Twenty-three esteemed judges have been invited to the Festival, with backgrounds in a broad range of public and private sector work including members of Leicester City Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as well as specialists in a variety of research and enterprise roles.

To see the full list of judges, please follow this link:

To find out more about the participants, click here:

The Festival of Postgraduate Research is open to staff, students and members of the public, between 10am and 1pm in the O2 Academy in the University’s Students’ Union. There is no need to book to attend.


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