Over 30 undergraduate students took part in the Undergraduate Research Conference on a sunny spring day in March, in Headington Hill Hall’s beautiful Music Room and Green Room.
Students displayed posters describing research they are undertaking in subjects ranging from attitudes to mental illness in the USA, to the history of medical research on human cadavers in the medieval England, to the psychology of conspiracy theorist, David Icke.
Several students presented research inspired by a trip to India and looked at issues such as the changing attitudes and behaviour of the British Raj, female sexuality in India and beliefs around figures from the Hindu pantheon such as Ganesh and Hanuman.
Associate Dean for the Student Experience, Dr Brian Marshall, commended all the students for the high quality of the work, and the fact that many had chosen to present work beyond their dissertations and taught modules. He said he was particularly impressed with how well the students spoke about their research as people came round and visited their displays. The university aims for all students to develop research literacies during their time at Brookes, and the conference gave ample evidence that many are taking this up alongside other skills in presentation and personal development.
The winner of the prize for the best poster was Grace Loydon whose display on trafficking of women was an excellent stand-alone source of information on the topic. The winner of the oral presentations was Sarah Conder, who gave a polished and expert talk on the New Growth and the social development of South Africa.
The Conference was organised by Dr Alysa Levene, Reader in History and Principal Lecturer in the Student Experience. Thank you to all the students and staff who supported the event.