Undergraduate research conference
Undergraduate Student Research Conference
29 March 2012, Oxford Brookes University, 10.30–12.30
Green and Music Rooms, Headington Hill Hall
Over 30 undergraduate students took part in the Undergraduate Research Conference on a sunny spring day in March, in Headington Hill Hallâ€™s beautiful Music Room and Green Room.
Students displayed posters describing research they are undertaking in subjects ranging from attitudes to mental illness in the USA, to the history of medical research on human cadavers in the medieval England, to the psychology of conspiracy theorist, David Icke.
Several students presented research inspired by a trip to India and looked at issues such as the changing attitudes and behaviour of the British Raj, female sexuality in India and beliefs around figures from the Hindu pantheon such as Ganesh and Hanuman.
Associate Dean for the Student Experience, Dr Brian Marshall, commended all the students for the high quality of the work, and the fact that many had chosen to present work beyond their dissertations and taught modules. He said he was particularly impressed with how well the students spoke about their research as people came round and visited their displays. The university aims for all students to develop research literacies during their time at Brookes, and the conference gave ample evidence that many are taking this up alongside other skills in presentation and personal development.
The winner of the prize for the best poster was Grace Loydon whose display on trafficking of women was an excellent stand-alone source of information on the topic. The winner of the oral presentations was Sarah Conder, who gave a polished and expert talk on the New Growth and the social development of South Africa.
The Conference was organised by Dr Alysa Levene, Reader in History and Principal Lecturer in the Student Experience. Thank you to all the students and staff who supported the event.
Benefits of taking part
- Being involved in the conference will enrich your CV and develop invaluable skills
- Share your work with peers and academic staff
- Learn from personal feedback and discussion, and gain multi-disciplinary skills in summarising your research
- Develop and improve your communication, presentation and digital media skills
- Find out more about publishing your work online or in print