Festival of Postgraduate Research 2017 Round Up

Our inaugural Festival of Postgraduate Research was a huge success. Featuring work from almost 90 postgraduate researchers, and including three visiting keynote speakers, a research poster and photo display, and the finals of the Three Minute Thesis, this week long series of events brought staff and students together in a celebration of doctoral research. Thanks to everyone who helped, participated and attended. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re already starting to think about future plans and would love to hear people’s thoughts on this year’s programme. Check out the festival highlights below, and if you have a few moments to spare, please complete our brief survey.

Catch up on the festival highlights

Three Minute Thesis
Posters & Photos
Opposites Attract
Keynote Lectures
The Winners

Could our competing students explain their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes? Find out below and see who'll be going forward to the national 3MT semi-final.

Three Minute Thesis Final




Daire Cantillon: Bacteria as Building Blocks; Investigating the Role of Biofilms in Tuberculosis

Enormous congratulations to:

  • Daire Cantillon: winner of the Research Photo Competition (above)
  • Marta Falcinelli: winner of the Research Poster Competition (student)
  • Qiaoyi Wang: runner up of the Research Poster Competition (student)
  • Jenny Hassall: winner of the Research Poster Competition (staff)
  • Dr Matt Adams: runner up of the Research Poster Competition (staff)
  • Majed Al-Jefri: people's choice in the Research Poster Competition

Many thanks to all researchers who entered the competitions and to everyone who cast their votes in our online ballots.

View all the submissions:

Research Photo Competition

Research Poster Competition

Our Opposites Attract Collaboration Challenge teamed up research students from different disciplines and invited them to work on a project of their choosing. The winning team were awarded £500 in memory of Prof David Arnold, former Dean of the Doctoral College. 

Read about the three projects and find out who won!





We were delighted to welcome three guest speakers to the festival: Dr Patricia Fara (Cambridge), Prof Steve Fuller (Warwick) and Prof Matthew Weait (Portsmouth).


Watch the keynote lectures



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