School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


11 Mar 2014

Student conference showcases value of health and wellbeing research on campus

Last month the University’s Research School of Health & Wellbeing held its fourth annual postgraduate research student conference.

Over 100 PhD researchers were joined by around 50 staff members in the Sir Denis Rooke Building, to exhibit their research posters and share work with their contemporaries from across campus.

The event allows the breadth of the University’s healthcare-related research to be showcased each year, bringing together students from Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Loughborough Design School, Information Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

The delegates were warmly welcomed to the event by Vice Chancellor Prof. Robert Allisonand Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Prof. Myra Nimmo outlining the research challenges in Health & Wellbeing. Prof. David Williams, Director of the Health & Wellbeing Research Challenge, also spoke and introduced this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Richard Bibb, Reader in Medical Applications of Design, who presented his current research as well as reflected on his time spent in research.

 Fifty research posters were on display and were judged by academics and research staff. Each student was required to stand by their poster and present their research to three separate judges leading to over 150 different research-focussed conversations, promoting the opportunities for collaborations to form across the campus. Nine of the students, selected by an academic panel after reviewing abstract entries, were also invited to do short presentations on their work in plenary sessions held throughout the day.

Prof. David Williams presented each of the winners and runners-up with a certificate and a cash prize, which was sponsored by the Enterprise Office and Scientific Lab Supplies Ltd.

Winners and runners up from the day are as follows:

Best Poster


Preeti Puntambekar (Wolfson School)



Clare Holley (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)




Best Poster Defence


Nicholas Wragg (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)



Sarah Clayton (Maths Education Centre)




Best Oral Presentation


David Smith (Wolfson)



Emily Knox (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)




Research Impact Award


Serena Morelli (Chemical Engineering)




The winning posters and photos from the day can be found on the conference website.

Prof. Robert Allison commended the event by saying: "Opportunities for members of the Loughborough research community to come together and discuss their work are important in both sharing progress on current projects and generating new ideas. I am particularly pleased to see interdisciplinary discussion around one of the Loughborough research challenges and a forum for early career researchers to present their work."

Prof. David Williams added: "This year's conference has confirmed the importance of making this a student driven and led event - it was a great to hear both new researchers presenting their work and how newer faculty members had chosen to develop their careers"

Finally, Dr Richard Bibb, who provided the keynote and attended the event for the first time, commented: "The Health & Wellbeing conference provided a great opportunity to see the incredible breadth and depth of research at Loughborough University. It is great to see so many high quality presentations and posters from our PhD students and gives us great confidence that research in health and wellbeing is thriving now and will continue to thrive into the future."

The organisers would like to thank the Research Challenge of Health & Wellbeing for funding the event and the additional support received from the SSEHS Research Committee and the Graduate School Research Culture Fund.