2019 Postgraduate Conference

Disrupting Disciplines: Sharing Perspectives

Conference date: Monday 29 April 2019 10.00am - 2.00pm | Keele Hall Ballroom

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Conference date: Monday 29th April 2018 10.00am - 2.00pm Keele Hall Ballroom

Welcome to the Institute’s fourth postgraduate conference; a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic range and diversity of postgraduate work in the University.

All Keele 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. Participants were expected to present their work as a poster, although artefacts or performances were also encouraged. This is a different and alternative opportunity in addition to those available within the faculties and research institutes and the challenge here is to communicate your work in an accessible and inspiring way to an informed, but non-specialist audience.

The conference provided postgraduate students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in sharing their work beyond their own field and most importantly to hear and learn more about the diverse range of work being undertaken in different fields and from different perspectives. In this way, their conversations and interactions will have encouraged new ideas and fresh ways of thinking about their work. The conference also included the Keele Three Minute Thesis Competition and new for this year, a Bake your Doctorate Competition.

You can download a copy of the conference programme here: Conference Programme 2019

Following last year's conference, Turning Heads: Changing Minds, we worked with JADE to produce a special conference journal edition.

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The JADE Student Edition 2018 includes all of the abstracts and some very interesting pieces from students reflecting on their experience of participating in the conference. We will once again be working with JADE to produce a 2019 conference edition.

Here are some highlights from the conference:

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Well over a 100 visitors and participants attended the 2019 ILAS Postgraduate Conference, Disrupting Disciplines: Sharing Perspectives in Keele Hall. With 31 posters from 10 schools, 5 Three Minute Thesis presentations and our brand new Bake Your Doctorate competition, the Ballroom was once more the place to be to celebrate postgraduate work across the University.

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Atieme Joseph Ogbolosingha, School of Life Sciences - Changes in the blood brain barrier during cerebral malaria

Opening the conference, Pro Vice-Chancellor and ILAS Director Professor Jonathan Wastling, welcomed participants to an exciting showcase of the talent, creativity and hard work of our PG community. 

All seats in the house were full for the afternoon ILAS 3MT competition which was introduced and hosted by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor David Amigoni.

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Charlotte Bagnall, School of Psychology, winner of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition - Talking about School Transition (TaST)

The day ended with thanks to everyone for their participation and efforts and prizes for some.

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Emma Green, Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) with her 'Bake Your Doctorate' entry - Vitamin B3 and the brain

The Poster Prizes were awarded to the following people and their posters:


1st Prize
Emma Harrison, School of Psychology

Student Bullying at University: The Pursuit of Power

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2nd Prize
Yaar Dagan, School of Law

Ethnic Cleansing, Transfer and Intrinsic Genocide in the 21st century: The Future of Settler-Colonial Practices in Israel and Palestine

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3rd Prize
Gabriella Gay, School of Humanities

The Boot Sale Poet; The Writer in Residence at Hanley Car Boot Sale

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This year ILAS is again working with JADE to present a special student journal edition. This will feature all of the presenters’ abstracts plus further contributions. Everyone is invited to offer a short article which may be discursive or reflective and should be about 500-800 words in length. In line with this years ‘Changing Minds’ theme we would be particularly interested in pieces which reflect upon your experience of the conference and the ways that this impacted upon your thinking and learning.