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The third annual FASS Festival of Research is taking place on Thursday 24th January 2019, and is a full day event packed with exciting and topical panel discussions exploring the intersection between FASS research and current societal challenges. The Festival will open in 03MS01 in the Rik Medlik building with a welcome from the Associate Dean for Research, Professor Sabine Braun. The morning sessions will include a range of exciting speakers exploring how research methodologies can be transferred across discipline areas and on methods for research grants success.

A full buffet lunch will be provided and during this, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Faculty PhD poster competition entries and an exhibition of staff and student research.

The afternoon session will begin with welcomes from the Vice-Provost for Research and Innovation, Professor David Sampson, and the Faculty Executive Dean, Professor Graham Miller.

The event will then host two interdisciplinary panel sessions.

  • The first panel "Aspects of Wellbeing and Ill-Health" will provide a discussion of some ways FASS disciplines are helping answer questions of physical and emotional wellbeing in different sectors. Featuring the following panellists: Ms Katya Oparina (Economics), Dr Paul Hodkinson (Sociology), Dr Charlotte Mathieson (Literature and Languages), Dr Melissa Hamilton (Law) and Dr Scott Cohen (Hospitality and Tourism Management). The panel chair will be Professor Monique Raats from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The panel debates will open with brief presentations on the panellists’ current research and conclude with question and answer sessions from the audience.

The festival will conclude with a keynote by Professor Diane Watt, winner of a Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust for her "Women's literary culture before the conquest" project. We will finish with closing remarks from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Max Lu, followed by a wine reception held at the Faculty’s Lakeside Restaurant, to unwind over a glass of wine, network with fellow colleagues and celebrate the fantastic research we produce as a University.

Tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

This exciting event is not-to-be-missed, and we welcome both professional services and academic staff from all disciplines and faculties. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact We look forward to seeing you there!


9:30am Registration – Rik Medlik building foyer

Refreshments on arrival

10am Introduction by ADR – 03 MS 01

Professor Sabine Braun (SLL), FASS Associate Dean (Research)

10:15am Showcase presentations – 03 MS 01

Showcase presentations on key research methodologies transferable across disciplines and research grant success stories.

Speakers: Research Grant success: Rachel Brooks (Soc) – ERC Consolidator Grant, and Donna McCormack (SLL) – AHRC Leadership Fellowship; Jason Stienmetz (SHTM) and Alex Grandison (Psych) – Eye-tracking technologies; Tom Roberts (Soc) – Walking interviews and capturing experiences; Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (SLL) – Computer-based text analysis; Stephen Mooney (SLL) and Gemma Connell (GSA) – Creative-practice methodologies.

12noon Lunch and exhibitions – Rik Medlik building

Buffet lunch in 32 MS 01. Faculty PGR poster competition displayed in the foyer. Exhibition of staff and student research in the SBS Business Insight Labs 33MS01 and 34MS01 and demonstrations including:

Kirk Woolford and Tony Myatt (Department of Music and Media) – AHRC/ EPSRC Next Generation Immersive Experiences project VR demonstration

David Frohlich (Department of Music and Media) – Next Generation Paper project augmented book demonstration and Sentimental Audio Memories system demonstration

Please visit the registration stand to sign up for either of these demonstrations. Please note, places are limited and will be allocated on a fi rst come, fi rst served basis.

1pm Introduction and Welcome – 03 MS 01

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost for Research and Professor Graham Miller, FASS Executive Dean

1:15pm Panel 1: Aspects of wellbeing and ill-health – Chair: Professor Monique Raats (FHMS) – 03 MS 01

Panel speakers: Katya Oparina (Economics/PGR), Paul Hodkinson (Sociology), Charlotte Mathieson (SLL), Melissa Hamilton (Law), Scott Cohen (SHTM)

2:45pm Refreshment break – Rik Medlik building

Tea and coffee available in the foyer

3pm Panel 2: Relevance of arts, humanities and social science research to the use of digital technologies in society – Chair: Professor Caroline Scarles (SHTM) – 03 MS 01

Panel speakers: Alex Leveringhaus (Politics), Emily Setty (Sociology), Iis Tussyadiah (SHTM), Mikolaj Barczentewicz (Law), Jeremy Hall (SBS)

4:30pm Public lecture – 03 MS 01

Professor Diane Watt, Professor of Medieval English Literature (SLL) “The Dark Ages of the Female Imagination”

5:15pm Thanks and close

Professor Max Lu, Vice-Chancellor and Professor Graham Miller, FASS Executive Dean to announce winners of PGR poster competition. Closing remarks.

5:30pm Wine reception – Lakeside Restaurant (Rik Medlik building)

Unwind over a glass of wine in Lakeside Restaurant, network with fellow

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