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On Friday 15 April 2016, over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate-taught students spoke about their work at the Get Published! Student Research Conference, based around poster displays and other alternative forms of presentation.
Participants said this event helped to improve their communication, presentation and organisational skills, as well as develop their creativity and ability to think critically
Andrew Smith, MP for East Oxford, was one of those in attendance at the event where fellow students, staff and the wider community were able to hear first-hand about the diverse and fascinating research conducted by students studying on undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees at Oxford Brookes and partner colleges.
Research ranged from developing a mobile phone App for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, heritage conservation in Rajasthan, the representation of food in 17th Century Dutch paintings and cult mind-sets linked to the radicalisation of terrorists. There were prizes for the best installation, best poster by an undergraduate researcher and best taught postgraduate research poster.
100% of participants would recommend the event to other students
The conference was part of an innovative Student Experience project called Get Published! This is focused on helping Oxford Brookes students to share their research with a wide audience. More information is available on these webpages.
Dr Helen Walkington, Principal Lecturer in Geography and Project Manager for the Get Published! project, commented: “This was the first time that we have held a University-wide student research conference of this type. Our inaugural event was very successful, with close to 400 people coming to hear about our students’ research. The students themselves have taken a great deal from this opportunity. Being displayed at the conference was a great way for them to promote a piece of research they are proud of, raise their profile, and it will look great on their CV. We look forward to embedding this as a regular feature in the Brookes calendar of events and finding further ways to share our students’ research”.
93% of participants rated the conference as excellent