Reviewing the UON Research Conference 2022

The annual UON Research conference was held on Tuesday 21st June online on Collaborate and on Wednesday 22nd June on campus in the Town Hall. The hybrid format allowed off-site students and those not able to come onto campus a platform to present and to attend, but still gave those people who wanted to come onto campus the opportunity for a traditional conference format, to meet and network. Over the two days we had 2 keynotes, a brand new (for us!) Pecha Kucha style of presentation, 38 oral presentations from both postgraduate researchers and staff and 4 ‘Roundtable’ sessions.

Dr David Smart

On Tuesday Dr Brahim Herbane from DeMontfort University, gave a timely key note on “Looking beyond REF 2021 – New Horizons and Challenges for University Research Environments”. On Weds Dr David Smart, Clinical Director GPA Federation, gave an inspiring presentation entitled “Supporting yourself and others as a researcher: a GP journey through common mood disorder to the Ten Keys to Happier Living.”

Dr Cathy Smith opens the conference

Dr Cathy Smith welcomed researchers to the conference on both days and on Wednesday she announced the winners of the Graduate School’s 2021-22 Images of Research Competition. After this we saw UON’s first research Pecha Kucha, with 5 researchers presenting their research in this creative format. The words, ‘Pecha Kucha’ mean Sound of Conversation. Pecha Kucha is a storytelling presentation format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, with commentary. The slides move automatically as the presenter is speaking and this means that presentations must be concise to get their key messages across in the time, synchronising what they say to their slides – no easy task!

Recordings and slides for most sessions over the two days will be available to view in due course. Keep an eye on this blog for further information about where to find them.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in the conference and to all those who came along to support it.

About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

Posted on June 24, 2022, in Competitions and awards, Conferences, Events, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Education and Humanities, Faculty of Health and Society, Graduate School, Lectures & seminars, Research Institutes and Centres and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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