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Students present research at Annual Doctoral Research Conference

Event provides an opportunity to practice vital skills in front of colleagues

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Graduate students from across the School of Health Sciences presented their research at the 4th Annual Doctoral Research Conference in early April.

Providing an opportunity to practice vital skills in front of colleagues, the conference was designed to provide an opportunity for MPhil and PhD students to learn and practise the art of dissemination. The conference also aims to facilitate the exchange of research ideas between students, staff members and external partners.

Professor Stanton NewmanOpening the conference, Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, spoke about the challenges and rewards of doctoral research. He said:

"Doctoral research is one of the most taxing and yet rewarding activities anyone undertakes in their academic career. You need to be ambitious yet realistic, but ultimately doctoral research provides an opportunity to make a contribution to world research.

“PhDs also require discipline, and procrastination is the devil in the PhD programme but also don’t rush to present. One good bit of advice is to treat it as a job and also make sure to take proper time away from the thesis to reflect properly. It is an exciting time and there will be stresses and strains, but make use of the doctoral community in the School and most importantly, enjoy it.”

In addition to oral presentations throughout the day, students also gave poster presentations to colleagues. Topics were varied and includes areas as diverse as ‘Exploring Public attitudes towards the health system of Saudi Arabia: Preliminary results of focus groups discussion’ by Afnan Aljaffary to ‘Self-monitoring visual symptoms in glaucoma: a feasibility study of a web-based diary tool’ by Leanne McDonald.

Speaking about the impact such research can have, Professor Newman said:

Professor Sir Paul Curran award“Many research studies by our MPhil and PhD students have the potential to make a significant impact on policy and professional practice and it is clear from the range and depth of work presented that our doctoral students play an important role in building a research community within the School and help to strengthen our links with the health professions and sector industries. Our students are therefore key to the School’s research reputation and impact.”

Summing up the day, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Paul Curran spoke about the development of research at City and also praised the translational work produced by staff and students in the School of Health Sciences.

The poster prize was also awarded by the Vice-Chancellor to Angharad Hobby for her poster entitled ‘Effect of varying skin surface electrode position on electroretinogram responses recorded using a handheld stimulating and recording system’.

Read more about the oral and poster presentations

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