Loughborough Doctoral College

Training and events

Summer Showcase 2020 - 29 June to 3 July

This year’s Summer Showcase took place between 29th June and 3rd July and unlike previous years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Showcase was run entirely online! It was a perfect opportunity for our doctoral community to come together virtually, share their research, and take part in a range of interactive sessions. The latter included the following:

  • Discovering (work) opportunities in unchartered waters – Eve Uhlig (Careers Network)
  • Open Research Collective: An introduction to open science and the Open Research Collective - Kathrin Burdenski, Hana Trollman, Jacob Strauss and Theresa Wege (Doctoral Researchers)
  • What does open research mean to you? – Jen De Lillo, Nathan Rush, Helen Young (Library)
  • Research Data Quiz – Adrian Clark and Gareth Cole (Library)
  • Heads Together – Chloe Blackwell and Rachel Armitage (Doctoral Researchers)
  • LiQuiD Lab Virtual Event; Qualitative data collection in complex settings (Justine Anthony, Catherine Baker, Vani Naik and Joel Warburton (Doctoral Researchers)
  • Quiz Night – PhD Social and Support Network (Doctoral Researchers)

Since there were no printing costs, many of our doctoral researchers took an imaginative approach to showcasing their research. Entries included baked theses, newspaper/magazine articles, comic strips, poems, and posters – we were blown away by the creativity! Some entries are shown below:

Niamh McHugh - Social Sciences and Humanities

'The digital marketing of rural real estate, the latest driving force of rural gentrification in the UK?'

Gabe Knott-Fayle - Social Sciences and Humanities

'Gender and the representation of transgression in the sports-media complex'

Katrina Duncumb - Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

'Kinematics of the human female breast'

Mevra Temel - Design and Creative Arts

'Regional thermal and tactile human perception to understand the sensorial mechanism between the skin and textiles'

Everyone who displayed their work were entered into a random prize draw to win one of five £20 Amazon vouchers – congratulations to:

  • Mabel Machado-López - Loughborough University London
  • Melissa Schiele –Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Jenna Davis - Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Renee Karunungan - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Jingrui Hu - Social Sciences and Humanities

Also, as part of the Summer Showcase, was the eagerly awaited Three Minute Thesis Competition. This tense competition required entrants to explain their doctoral research in just three minutes with just one static slide! All ten competitors (as listed below) did exceptionally well.

  • Sally Ahmed - Business and Economics
  • Leigh Arlegui - Design and Creative Arts
  • Mj Brown - Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Annie Evans - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Annabel Goddard - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Hussam Krkjie - Business and Economics
  • Sui Liu - Loughborough University London
  • Charlotte Merrick - Design and Creative Arts
  • Nessa Millet - Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Meena Tamilarasan - Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • Andrew Wilkinson - Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

This year was a very tough year to be a 3MT judge! However, after much deliberation, the judges (and audience) reached a conclusion:

  • Winner: MJ Brown £100
  • Runner-up: Sally Ahmed - £50
  • Delegate’s choice: Sui Lu - £50

Finally, during the prize giving ceremony, the winners of the annual Loughborough Doctoral College Student Prizes were announced. 12 doctoral researchers were nominated for outstanding academic performance, academic achievement and contribution to their School and/or the University over and above their own research. Normally there are two winners of this presitgious prize. However, this year the judges decided to split one of the prizes as they were so impressed! The three winners are as follows:

  • Monia Del Pinto £200-  - Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. The panel were impressed with her nomination and agreed she was a very worthy winner of an award given her research contributions, and substantial wider work for the School/University. 
  • Naval Singh - £100 - Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering. The panel were impressed with his publications, teaching awards and wider contribution.
  • Fiona Meeks - £100 - Loughborough University London. The panel were impressed with her contributions and her excellence as an ambassador for the University.

We hope that everyone who attended the Summer Showcase found it interesting and stimulating. A HUGE well done to the prize-winners and to everyone who displayed their work; you were all very impressive and we truly appreciated the efforts you put into your entries!

If you missed the Summer Showcase, you can still view all entries by scrolling through the sections of the dedicated module on Learn.

Anonymous attendee feedback:

“I really liked the idea of the virtual event it was a brilliant adaption for the circumstances and as a distance learning student it was easier to take part in than a physical show.”

"The showcase was really well organised and online activities and communication proved to be really effective."

"I liked that the submissions were more creative instead of the traditional posters. I enjoyed seeing what cakes other researchers had baked, and I liked reading comics and poems!"

"It was refreshing to see new ways of presenting research topics."

"I would like to take part in future, particularly as it allows you to think more creatively about how you can represent your project."