Loughborough Doctoral College

Training and events

Café Academique

We are pleased to announce the return of Café Academique.

This is a unique, popular, social and educational event for Doctoral Researchers to share and discuss their research with fellow Doctoral Researchers in a relaxed and informal setting.

LGBT+ History Month (25th February 2021 - 12-1:30pm)

To mark LGBT+ History Month (February 2021) we are hosting a special online Café Academique to showcase the work of Doctoral Researchers who are researching matters specifically for/about LGBT+:

  • Lauren Whitehouse: "Being non-binary affects the way you interact with the world quite significantly and definitely the way you interact with sport: A sporting oral history project" - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

The experiences of non-binary individuals (those whose gender identity is neither entirely male or female) in sport has received limited academic attention. Whereas, the inclusion of binary transgender sports participants is being frequently debated regarding the fairness of their presence. There is a worry that soon this debate will turn to the presence of non-binary individuals, as their identity is completely excluded from the binary structuring of sports. Therefore we need to know how to facilitate their inclusion as access to sport can be seen as a human right. My proposed talk will, through utilised the experiences and voices of the fifteen non-binary individuals who I worked with for my PhD, discuss how they have engaged with sport over their lifetime. Specifically drawing on the following themes: continuous exclusion; change and adaption; facilitation of engagement; fulfilment of engagement; and uncertainty and hope for the future. Researching non-binary identities is of pivotal importance to critique and push for change away from the exclusionary gender binary that governs sport. Change will not only impact non-binary and trans individuals, but other marginalised identities too who continue to be ostracised and overlooked from and within sports spaces. 

  • Joanna Harper - "Performance analysis of transgender athletes" - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Many transgender people undergo hormone therapy as part of their gender affirmation process. The form of gender affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) will depend upon the birth-assigned sex of the trans person in question.  Trans women will usually take oestrogen and some form of anti-androgen agent, while trans men will usually take testosterone. Either form of GAHT will affect the athletic performance of the trans person in question. The magnitude and speed of the changes have implications for international and national sports governing bodies, especially concerning trans women.  My research uses different methods to track the changes in athletic performance of participants as they undergo GAHT. I would like to give an overview of the topic plus present some early data from my participants. 

  • Gabe Knott-Fayle - “Sport is just sport: The discursive construction of sport as a cisgender space" - Social Sciences and Humanities

In my research, I am looking at cisgenderism in sports discourse. Cisgenderism is the ideological and structural delegitimisation of non-cisgender identities. Sport is an important arena in which cisgenderism is (re)produced because not only does it hold an influential cultural position, but a male or female categorisation is generally prerequisite for participation. Consequently, sporting spaces have consistently seen contestation over, and reinforcement of, the categories of ‘man’ and, particularly, ‘woman’. The data for my project is taken from various sources including tv, newspapers, online, and social media, as well as focus groups and interviews. In this talk, I will focus on my interview and focus group data and explore how shared cultural understandings of sport are invoked to produce and reinforce sport as a cisgender space. I aim to develop an understanding of how prejudice, specifically cisgenderism, is discursively expressed and legitimised and how this can make sporting spaces inaccessible to non-cisgender people. 

*To book your place: please complete this form*

NB: Only those affiliated to Loughborough University (all students and staff are welcome) will be able to book a place using the form above. If you are not a member of Loughborough University and would like to attend please email doctoralcollege@lboro.ac.uk so that we can accommodate you.


International Women’s Day (March 2021)

To mark International Women’s Day (8th March 2021) we would like to organise a special online Café Academique to showcase the work doctoral researcher who are researching matters specifically for/about women. If you would like to present your work, please get in touch (details of how to get in touch are provided below).

Earth Day 2021 (April 2021)

To mark Earth Day (22nd April 2021) we would like to organise a special online Café Academique to showcase the work of doctoral researcher who are researching enviromental matters. If you would like to present your work, please get in touch (details of how to get in touch are provided below).

Want to present your work at Café Academique?

If you would like to share your research at a Café Academique, please get in touch with Dr Katryna Kalawsky and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • School/Dept.
  • Year of study
  • An attention/interest sparking title 
  • A brief description of your research (consider what? why? how? what? so what?)

The times and dates of the upcoming Café Academiques will depend on the availablity of the speakers - stay tuned for more information in due course.

All selected speakers will be offered feedback by the Doctoral College prior to Café Academique taking place.

Prior Café Academique events and presenters:

October 2020 - Black History Month Special:

  • Naomi Howard - "Black Role Models - Resilience and Threats to Success" - School of Science
  • Chidinma Okorie  - "Connecting the dots: Aren't we all migrants?" - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Jedi Mould - "The relationship between income-generating activities of women, dietary behaviours and feeding practices of infants and young children in urban Ghana" - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

September 2020:

  • Aaron Eames - "'Did Oscar Wilde Really Say That?" - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Callie Merrick - "A multisensory approach to human wetness perception" - School of Design and Creative Arts
  • Thomas Baker - "Plastic Pollution and the Circular Economy: Where are we and where should we be?" - School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Theresa Wege - "Why young children count wrong units" - School of Science
  • Fiona Meeks - "Stimulating informal networks in a heterogeneous regional cluster through a team-based network intervention" - Loughborough University London (Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

July 2019:

  • Akash Ratnayaka - "Super storage solutions with capacitors" - School of Science
  • Enefola Odiba - "Creating a Culture of Quality for Organisational Success" - School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering
  • Leah Henrickson - 'Who is the Author of the Computer-Generated Text? - School of Art, English and Drama

May 2019:

  • Diana Mehta - "Cleaning up our act on energy" - School of Science
  • Chris McLeod - "You can't eat that now!" - School of Sport Exercise & Health Sciences
  • Lucy Zhu - "Why there are people crazy about eSports?" - School of Sport Exercise & Health Sciences
  • Alistair Wilson - "Blockchain: What it is, what it isn’t and why it matters" - School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering

May 2018: 

  • Hugh Tawell - "It's time to wake up to sleepness sickness" - School of Science (Chemistry)

  • Gori Olusina Daniel - "Do bribes work?" - Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University London

  • Vani Naik - "Women professors: an oxymoron" - School of Business and Economics

 February 2018:

  • Mohsen Sayyah - "What is Sports Biomechanics? An application in springboard diving” - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

  • Anthony Quinn - "Why does Vehicle Crime repeatedly occur in certain parts of Leicestershire?" - School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences

  • Beth McMurchie - "Finding fingerprints in the dark" - School of Science (Chemistry)

  • Dan Wright - "Overheating in UK homes" - School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

 July 2017:

  • Avinoam Baruch"How citizen science could change the way we respond to disasters"  - School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences

  • Matthew Healey - "Tainted blood: A search for prions" - School of Science

  • Sophia Tetteh - “How to design a face”  - Loughborough Design School

  • Aron Sherry - “Should we have chair-free classrooms?” - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences