Crossing Paths

Connecting and constructing across the disciplines. 

The Institute’s second postgraduate conference, Crossing Paths, celebrated the range and diversity of postgraduate work in the University and offered a different and alternative opportunity, in addition to those available within the faculties and research institutes.

Conference Date: Friday 28th April 2017 11.00am - 4.00pm

All postgraduate students were invited to share their work in progress and present their research, dissertation project and course-related posters to a cross disciplinary audience of peers, students and staff. The challenge here is to communicate this in an accessible and inspiring way to an informed, but non-specialist audience. 

Participants were expected to present their work as a poster, although artefacts or performance may also be offered and we are inviting abstracts, or poster titles which will be included in the conference handbook. 

Here are the highlights from the day:

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From mobile phones to malaria, the Institute’s second Postgraduate conference held last Friday at Keele Hall drew students from across the University to meet and share their research. It was an opportunity to present to colleagues tackling diverse questions in different fields and with 100 attendees and 46 posters from a range of schools, plenty of people were up for the challenge.

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The full programme included a networking lunch and the Three Minute Thesis competition, plus an engaging talk from Dr Russell Crawford Interdisciplinarity: Researching my cake and eating it too.

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The Institute 3MT is part of the university wide competition, where students are challenged to present their work with just one slide and against the clock. Four engaging presentations impressed the judges and two candidates; Fraser Philp and Bushra Bibi were both awarded a £50 Amazon voucher and places in the Grand final to be held in Keele Hall on June 20th.

Russell Crawford’s talk invited us on a journey through time, from the ancient world through to the present day, with musical accompaniment throughout the centuries, to explore the history of interdisciplinary thinking. He considered the benefits of working in this way and highlighted the rewards and the impact on research and personal development.  

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The day finished with a round of prizes; the Judges’ Poster prize was won by Emma Harrison (Psychology for her outstanding presentation of her work Bullying within Higher Education. Two runner up prizes were also awarded to Rebecca Burn (Humanities) and Emma Green (ISTM).


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The People’s Prize was a communication prize and everyone was encouraged to vote for the person and their poster from whom they learnt most. Four prizes were awarded in this category ; Homayemem Weli (ISTM) How pelvic organ prolapse happens ; an insight from changes in the tissues’ structure , organisation , strength and collagen age received a £50 Amazon voucher , and Emma Green, Rebecca Burn and Emma Harrison received the three KPA prizes , a meal for two at the Clubhouse. In addition to these two competitions, a number of people and posters were highlighted by the judges to work with Keele’s Communication team to produce their own short video presentations and we look forward to seeing these and sharing them on the website.

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Thank you to everyone who got involved and contributed to the success of a very enjoyable day.

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