Oxford Brookes to host first University-wide student research conference

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Student conference

Research ranging from the use of lasers to visualise plant responses to pests, the representation of food in 17th Century Dutch paintings and cult mindsets linked to the radicalisation of terrorists will be exhibited at Oxford Brookes next month.

Dozens of undergraduate and postgraduate-taught Oxford Brookes students will present their diverse work at the Get Published!Student Research Conference being held on Friday 15 April 2016.

This is the first time Oxford Brookes will have held a University-wide conference of this type and it will be one of the first in the country.

The event is being held from 12-2 pm in the Union Hall and Gallery space on the ground floor of the Headington Campus’ John Henry Brookes Building – no booking is required, just turn up on the day. 

I would strongly encourage everyone to attend the event and discover the research taking place in your community

George McDonnell, BSc Computer Science student

Free and open to students, staff and the wider community, attendees will see and hear about a diverse range of innovative research projects conducted by students during their time at Oxford Brookes.

The conference will be based around posters, with some space for alternative forms of presentation, in an informal marketplace. Students who are presenting their research at the conference will be on hand to explain their work and answer any questions.

Dr Helen Walkington, Principal Lecturer in Geography and Project Manager for the Get Published! project, commented: “When we put the call out, we received an enthusiastic response from students wanting to showcase their research at the conference. Their work covers an incredible mix of disciplines from across each of the University’s faculties.

“Being displayed at the conference will be a great way for our students to promote a piece of work they are proud of, raise their profile and it will look great on their CV. I would encourage anyone with an interest in research to come along, find out more and speak with our excellent students about their diverse and fascinating work.”

One student who will be presenting their research is George McDonnell who is currently studying for aBSc in Computer Science at Oxford Brookes. George’s research focuses on user-centred design of mobile applications and is aimed at patients who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury. Through his research he has worked with Oxford’s Headway centre and those affected by brain injuries.

George recently presented his research at Parliament where he spoke with MPs, academics and fellow students and is looking forward to the Oxford Brookes conference.

He explained: “I would strongly encourage everyone to attend the event and discover the research taking place in your community. One of the most rewarding aspects for me at these events is listening to students talk about their research and experience the passion they hold for their subject.

“I’m also amazed at the diversity of the research and thoroughly enjoy learning about their work - I’m sure you will too.”

The conference is part of a larger programme of work for an innovative project called Get Published! This is focused on helping Oxford Brookes students to publish their research to a wide audience and is one of eight projects which make up the University’s Programme to Enhance the Student Experience (PESE).

More information on Get Published! and the seven other projects is available on the PESE webpages.