Category Archives: Science and the Environment

Tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student for a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher

HEA_Surveys_logos_PRES - colourThe Postgraduate Research Experience Survey at the University of Worcester is now open. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student.

Feedback is vital to the university and your department. It lets us know how your programme of research is going, and allows us to compare how we are doing against the experience of students at other institutions, helping us make changes that will improve the experience for research postgraduates in the future. All your responses will be confidential and any reporting will be anonymous.

Information about previous PRES surveys and the changes that have been made as a result of feedback can be found on the ‘Student Surveys’ page on the Research Degree Programme Blackboard organisation.

To complete the survey, look out for emails in your student email inbox with a link to the survey. Alternatively, log in by visiting using your student username (all uppercase, e.g. XYZA1_15) and the password w25_amazon_gift_card__02031orcester1

Please complete the survey by the 18th May for a chance to win 1 or 3 £25 Amazon gift cards.



Call for Abstracts: Postgraduate Research Conference ‘Seeds of Knowledge’

“The seeds of knowledge may be planted in solitude but must be cultivated in public” – Samuel Johnson

Deadline: Tuesday 25th April 2017

Effective dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of good research. The University of Worcester Research Student Society is pleased to announce its 2017 Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. This is a great opportunity for all postgraduate research students (PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil or MRes), to present and discuss their research in front of a supportive audience and to develop and enhance their skills in sharing their work.

We invite postgraduate research students from all disciplines to submit an abstract for an 15-minute oral presentation (this will be followed by 5-minutes of questions) or A1 poster presentation.

Please email submissions, indicating your choice of either oral or poster presentation, to by Tuesday 25th April. Submissions should be in the following format: 1. Name, 2. Affiliation, 3. Overview of the presentation (no more than 300 words); suitable for an academic by non-specialist audience) 4. Brief Bio (no more than 100 words).

Date: Thursday 29th June 2017, from 9am

Location: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, Worcester, WR1 3PD

There is no charge for this conference. We look forward to receiving your abstracts. For registration and more information, please see below.

Register for this event online:

Download the Call for Abstracts [PDF].

Do you have a story to tell or something to share?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the University of Worcester as an educational institution. As part of our celebrations we are launching a memory collecting project and want to capture personal stories and photographs of people’s time here at Worcester. So much has happened in the seven decades since the first students arrived and we think it is important to gather and share these memories as part of the University’s heritage.

Over the next few months a small team of staff and students will be speaking to former students, local residents and staff members about their time and experiences at the University of Worcester.

We would love to hear from you about your time here! Often it is the smaller details that provide the greatest insight and any memories, photographs and stories (big or small!) would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to be involved in this unique and exciting project get in touch!

Luke Fletcher
01905 542273

Looking for something?


As you may be aware, over the last few months we have been developing a new Blackboard organization for Research Degree Programmes to replace the old ‘internal’ Research School web pages.

This Blackboard site is now your one-stop-source for all information concerning your research degree programme. Some of the resources you will find here include:

  • Handbooks and Regulatory Frameworks
  • RDB Forms
  • Guide for Research Degree Students
  • Finance forms (including the Research Student Support Scheme)
  • Dates for committees
  • Links to relevant support services
  • A discussion board – a space for research degree students to virtually discuss and/or ask questions about any aspect of their programme.

We have also added a list of all current students and their thesis titles so that students can identify other students working in similar or related fields who they may like to contact. If you would like to contact another student, please email the Research School and if both parties are amenable, we can then put you in touch with each other.

To access the organization, please go to Blackboard through the student portal and then look for ‘Research Degree Programme’ under the ‘My Organisations’ section. If you are unable to see the site, please contact



It’s been a time for celebration this week as over 3,700 students have graduated from the University of Worcester, including our new research degree graduates! Congratulations!


Jody Crutchley E is for Empire? Imperialism and British Public Elementary School Curricula 1902-1931 (Dr Neil Fleming)

Marie Dunnion The Masked Employee and False Performance: detecting unethical behaviour and investigating its effects on work relationships (Dr Gbola Gbadamosi)

Margaret Ebubedike A Narrative Inquiry into the influence of cultural contexts on women HE leaders in Nigeria (Prof. Alison Kington)

Elena Fantozzi Investigating pamp/damp triggered immunity during arabidopsis-hyaloperonospora interactions (Prof. Mahmut Tör)

Fawzia Gilani-Williams Muslim children, fiction and personal understanding: children’s Islamic literature in Britain, USA and Canada since 1990 (Prof. Jean Webb)

Neal Johnson From Malvern to the Irish Sea: Early Bronze Age round barrows in a border landscape (Dr Jodie Lewis)

Pippa Marland The island imagination: an ecocritical study of ‘islandness’ in selected post 1960 literature of the British and Irish archipelago (Dr John Parham)

Sarah Milosevic Exploring and Improving Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities (Dr Simon Evans)

Sherry O’Sullivan Research and Development of a Digital Game Based Learning Framework for Education: Designing for Educators and Students (Dr Colin Price)

Jennifer Peacock Beyond native and invader: a re-evaluation of the Romano-British period in Cumbria (Dr Helen Loney)

Emma Preece The Loci of Age of Acquisition and Word Frequency Effects: Evidence from Contemporary Experimental Paradigms and Eye-Tracking (Dr Tim Jones)

Dani Stephens-Lewis Constructing the Female Sporting Body: Motivations, Barriers and Embodiment of the Female Road Cyclist (Dr Irmgard Tischner)

Fozia Tenvir A qualitative study of the relationship between the educational experiences of Muslim young women and their life choices (Dr Stephen Bigger)

Sharon Young The Country House in English women’s poetry 1650-1750: genre, power and identity (Dr David Arnold)

PhD by Published Work

Rory McDowall Clark Small changes…big impact’: Reconceptualising leadership for graduate professionals in the early years workforce (Prof. Stephen Parker)

Masters by Research

Dominique Cragg What ecological aspects of an agricultural landscape influence corn bunting territory distribution? (Dr John Dutton)

Here are a few pictures from this week’s celebrations.

photo credits: Helen Tabinor  @ScreenwritingUW  @DementiaStudies  Jennifer Peacock @PsychUoW  @DrKateMuse  @reffieraptor