The 2014 Faculty Research Conference was held in the Redmond’s Building on 27th June. There were over 110 attendees and contributions from over fifty staff and Ph.D. students from across the Faculty.
The conference was opened by Hannah Timpson (Health and Wellbeing Research Manager, CPH), and included a ‘live link-up’ to the Acting Director of CPH, Jim McVeigh. Jim provided an overview of the context of the conference and the purpose of the day, before catching a lift on his dinosaur to his ongoing destination.
Following an excellent Key Note from Phil Carey (Associate Dean – Education) delegates enjoyed a wide range of presentations. In addition to the traditional parallel presentation sessions, conference delegates were also offered the opportunity to attend informal discussion sessions which covered a range of topics, from research support available across the Faculty, to the Ph.D. student experience.
After lunch, Diana Leighton (REF Manager) provided an insightful overview of the REF 2014 and a look to the future, and Mark Askem (Associate Director, Estates Management) provided an excellent presentation about the Copperas Hill developments. The afternoon sessions offered delegates the opportunity to attend further parallel sessions which included presentations and discussion groups focusing on qualitative inquiry and measuring impact.
During lunch and the breaks, delegates were encouraged to browse the posters that were on display. Ph.D. students from the Faculty were invited to present a poster of their research, and prizes were awarded for the best poster, and the two runners-up.
Posters were judged by Diana Leighton, REF Manager, Lorna Porcellato, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Jo Frankham, Senior Lecturer. Suzy Hargreaves was awarded the prize for the best poster, and Lisa Schölin and Shaima Hassan were awarded the runners-up prizes. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Throughout the conference, delegates were encouraged to Tweet about their conference experiences, using the hashtag #EHCResearch2014. A lot of conference attendees Tweeted, and the Tweets were displayed on the wall during the lunch and the breaks.
Conference delegates were offered the opportunity to complete an evaluation of the conference; 45 responses were received. Overall staff were very positive; most people rated the conference as very good (58%) or good (36%). A range of comments from the feedback can be seen below:
- “Great to see staff and PGR students presenting at the same event”
- “Good range of speakers and well organised”
- “Good mix of presentations and sharing of work”
- “Lots of various research topics, could learn about other projects going on in the faculty”
- “Very well organised; great venue!”
Most respondents found the conference useful or very useful (85%). Comments here largely related to networking, and the opportunity to learn about new areas.
- “Networking opportunity”
- “Made some connections with other staff useful for research projects”
- “Learning about current research topics”
- “It was good to network and attended some really good sessions.”
- “Insight into research interests across the Faculty”
Main outcomes of attendance were learning something new (74%) and making new contacts (55%). Again, comments related to a good opportunity for networking, and a good range of sessions on offer.
- “It broadened my knowledge of the research which takes place within the Faculty.”
- “Cemented contacts”
- “It was good to coincide networking with directly finding out about the research that was being conducted among teams”
Staff also provided their views on suggestions for next year; these included providing delegates with the opportunity to attend more panels, and allowing more time for moving between rooms. Others expressed the opinion that the food was a little bland.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the evaluation; all of the feedback will be used to shape and develop next year’s conference.
Videos of the day will be available on this page shortly.