Turning Heads: Changing Minds

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Despite the lure of the Italianate gardens on the year’s hottest day so far, a record number of visitors and participants attended the 2018 ILAS Postgraduate Conference, Turning Heads last Thursday in Keele Hall. With over 130 attendees, 62 posters from 14 schools, plus 12 Three Minute Thesis presentations, the Ballroom was abuzz and it was a great celebration of the postgraduate work across the University. 

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Helen O'Sullivan  

 Opening the conference, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen O’Sullivan, welcomed participants to an exciting showcase of the talent, creativity and hard work of our PG community. She emphasised the value of work that students were doing in opening up their research to critical discussion and critical conversations with other disciplines, noting that the skills that students were developing in doing this have never been more important.

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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 – you can read more about the 3MT, and see the video here.

3MT - David Amigoni


Our keynote speaker Jonathan Lutwyche, CEO of Yordas Group enjoyed the full day at the conference and provided an engaging keynote talk entitled ‘Inspiring Impact in Industry’. Yordas is located at the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and is a leading provider of environment consultancy services. From a modest ‘start up’ with just 3 staff, Yordas now employs 60 people and has international capacity in North America, Asia and Europe and commercial operations in 40 countries. From the very beginning postgraduate researchers have played a central role in Yordas Group’s evolution and about 80% of the workforce have come from postgraduate research as Masters and PhD students at Lancaster.

Jonathan Lutwyche

The conference video includes all contributions from the day and you can catch up with Jonathan Lutwyche’s keynote here.

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

The Poster Prizes, £100, £50, 2 x £25 Amazon vouchers were awarded to the following people and their posters:

Claire Melia - 1st Place poster prize

1st Prize
Claire Melia, School of Psychology

Who is to blame for alcohol addiction?

2nd Prize
Emma Harrison, School of Psychology

Student bullying in higher education: The story so far

Joint 3rd Prize
Rachel Smith, School of Geography, Geology & the Environment

Carbon capture and storage: Reducing harmful atmospheric emissions


Katie Heath, School of Geography, Geology & the Environment

The UK's big fracking problem

The People’s Prize, £50 Amazon voucher, was awarded for communication and everyone was encouraged to vote for one person whose work and their presentation of this had inspired them to think a little bit differently.

Olly Robertson - 1st Place - People's Prize Poster

This was awarded to Olly Robertson, School of Psychology:

"It just feels so good” – The effects of f***ing (and other swearwords)

Two runners up in this category were both awarded a KPA voucher for a meal for two at the KPA:

Amy Brown-Lyons, Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM)

Can we recruit the brain’s immune cells to help treat Parkinson’s disease?


Laurna Bullock, Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences

Pain assessment and pain treatment for community-dwelling people with dementia: A narrative systematic review


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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.

You can find out more about writing for JADE here. If you would like to discuss your potential contribution, please contact the ILAS team at ilas@keele.ac.uk. The JADE editorial team jade@keele.ac.uk look forward to receiving these by Friday June 8th 2018.

Look out for photos from the day on our Facebook page soon www.facebook.com/ILASatKeele and do keep in touch via Twitter www.twitter.com/KeeleILAS.