Loughborough Doctoral College

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LiQUiD Lab

The LiQUiD Lab (Loughborough’s Qualitative Digital Research Laboratory) was set up in 2009 as a peer-to-peer network for qualitative postgraduate researchers.

It is now an interdisciplinary network covering qualitative postgraduate students across all departments/schools to create opportunities to share knowledge of qualitative methods and research techniques. The main role of the LiQUiD Lab is to organise events that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and provide support for qualitative researchers.

Upcoming Events

Please follow our Twitter account, or keep an eye out for the Doctoral College bulletins to find out about our upcoming events.

Meet the Team

Luisa Pereira-Vargas

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Luisa is a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Sport Exercise & Health Sciences. Her research examines mental illness in athletes through a social constructionist lens. She has developed an interest particularly in research that deviates from the dominant medicalised understandings of mental illness. Outside of her work, Luisa enjoys taking care of her houseplants, traveling, and she is also a competitive powerlifter. Follow her on Twitter @LuisaFPVargas or IG @the.luisavargas

Kalli Reynolds

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Kalli is a second year PhD student and PGTA in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Her research explores the sociocultural influences on exercise behaviours and attitudes in young people. Kalli is particularly interested in the influences of family, peers, media and technology on maladaptive exercise behaviours and body image perceptions in adolescents. In her spare time, Kalli enjoys interior design, going out for food and taking her little Pomeranian, Meeko, on walks in the countryside. Follow her on Twitter @KalliReynolds.

Mengying (Nimi) Niu

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Mengying (Nimi) Niu is a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Sport Exercise & Health Sciences. Her PhD examines the impact and Olympic legacy of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games through qualitative research methods. She has lived and studied in China, USA and now the UK. Mengying is a keen volunteer for sporting mega-events. She enjoys dancing, playing badminton and watering her green plants in her spare time. Follow her on Twitter @MengyingN

Naomi Harte

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Naomi is a second year PhD student in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences. Her research is aiming to examine pupils’ experiences of fitness testing practices in schools and how they would like to see them change to best suit their needs. She is hoping to use a mixed methods approach including the use of a large scale survey sent to schools across the UK and focus groups with pupils at a few schools. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys being active in the great outdoors! She particularly enjoys open water swimming. Follow her on twitter @Naomi52512171