University of Northampton research students share their work at East Midlands Conference

Four University of Northampton research degree students recently shared their work at the 2016 East Midlands Universities Association (EMUA) Postgraduate Research Student  (PGR) Conference.


The event, Inspiring Futures, was held on Thursday 1 September, and hosted by the University of Loughborough. An annual event, the conference is open to all PGR students from the Midlands universities – Northampton, Lincoln, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Bishop Grosseteste, Leicester, Nottingham Trent and De Montfort – and provides a professional, yet friendly environment in which students can practice presenting their research to a mixed discipline, academic audience.

On the day, six breakout sessions saw 16 research students present conference papers and another 40 presented posters, with a 3 Minute Thesis session in the middle of the day. A keynote address by Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Bob Allison, kicked off the day and the day closed with two interesting presentations, one on building an academic career and one on a novel way to present research findings – both sessions presented by Loughborough PhD students. The conference was attended by over 140 delegates from all 9 universities.

Two University of Northampton research degree students, Imane Tiahi and Djamel Eddine Benchaib both from English and Creative Writing, presented their research to an audience in a breakout session. Two more students, Lorna Tweed, from Sport and Exercise, Faculty of Health and Society, and Claire Paterson, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, from Northampton Business School, both presented research posters.

Simone Apel, Researcher Developer for the Graduate School, attended the day to support the students. She said:  “The conference had a smashing atmosphere and a buzz to it, all through the day, with research students chatting to each other enthusiastically between sessions, discussing their research and, during sessions, posing pertinent questions for the presenters. Taking part was obviously of immense value to our – and other – students, from the nine EMUA universities, not only in honing presenting  skills, but also in the networking and intellectual stimulation gained from mixing with fellow researchers from other institutions. I’d encourage all our research students to think about presenting or attending next year – a very valuable, free event in the calendar.”

Research student, Djamel Benchaib, who won a prize for his presentation said that the EMUA conference was one of the best conferences he had ever attended. “What was good was the selection of topics, different topics in different disciplines. By looking at the posters and listening to presentations I learnt that there is a chance to inspire and to be inspired. I learnt how I can contribute to the current knowledge.”

Lorna Tweed, who presented a poster, commented: “This was the first conference I had attended as a first year postgraduate student at University of Northampton. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading fellow students’ posters to witness such a broad spectrum of research interests. I particularly liked the 3 minute thesis competition, as this was a fun way for students to try and capture the audience in a limited amount of time. This networking event was of great benefit to me, and I was able to interact with other students in a friendly environment. Well done to the organisers at Loughborough University, I hope to be back again next year!”




About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

Posted on September 8, 2016, in Conferences, Events, Researcher development and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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