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20 April 2011 | PR 11/45

Inaugural research student conference hailed a success

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Pictured left to right are: Jen Stock, Alex Lyness, Vaithehy Shanmugam, Mary Wilkinson, Matthew Turner, Aref Zayed, Dr Karen Coopman (Judge) and Professor David Williams.

On 14 March Loughborough University’s Research School of Health and Life Sciences held its first-ever research student conference.

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

Over 50 PhD researchers were joined by a further 50 or students and supervisors in the Sir Denis Rooke Building, where they exhibited their research posters and were able to discuss their work with their contemporaries.

Eight of the students, selected by an academic panel from a review of all the poster entries, were also invited to do short presentations on their work in plenary sessions held during the day.

Professor David Williams, Director of the Research School of Health and Life Sciences, said the event was a real success. “The conference brought together research students and supervisors from across campus, helping them to network, giving them a chance to communicate with one another and to test their science. We saw a significant body of important and excellent health-related research, and a very lively community.”

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, added: “This event was a great example of our interdisciplinary contribution to healthcare research. I’d like to congratulate all those who took part, and those who worked so hard to bring it all together.”

A number of cash prizes were awarded at the end of the day:

Aref Zayed (Chemistry) won the Plenary Speech award, with Mary Wilkinson (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) highly commended.

Alex Lyness (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) picked up the Poster Competition prize, and the work of Jen Stock (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) was highly commended.

Matthew Turner (Chemistry) won the Poster Defence award, with Vaithehy Shanmugam (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) highly commended.

Attendee James Rose, a PhD student in the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Regenerative Medicine said after the event: “The poster session and networking lunch enabled me to make contact with people I wouldn’t necessarily have had access to otherwise.  I think the range of disciplines of the speakers was also good, and I found the talks insightful.”

Dr Emma Haycraft, a lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, added: “I thought it was a great opportunity to highlight work going on in the area of Health and Life Sciences and to get a flavour for the research of postgraduate students working within this field.”

It is hoped that the conference will become annual event.

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Hannah Baldwin
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Loughborough University
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E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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