RESCON13 took place yesterday, and was a great success. The event was held at the Parkside Building which proved to be a perfect setting. The walls were filled with posters from our staff and students (which were entered into a poster competition, voted for by delegates), and there were sessions running all day in parallel rooms.

The conference was opened with a speech by Vice Chancellor Cliff Allan, who praised the efforts from everyone in the recent REF submission.


The diversity of research at the University was apparent during the sessions, with many people coming to me and enthusing about the variety on show. I had to agree, when I had a chance to sit in on some I saw presentations about everything from Ectoplasm, to building information management, to research bias in prisons and critical discourse analysis of the Nigerian press. All of them engaging, and everyone I spoke to said the same about the presentations they attended.


The conference was followed by a speech from the new Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Enterprise & Business Engagement Paul Ivey, who enthused about the diversity of research on show and the passion exhibited by staff and students for their research projects. Prizes were given for the poster competition, then finally there was the evening reception.


More photos will be published soon, and conference proceedings and videos from the lecture theatre presentations will be available on iCity for staff and students in the new year.

For a recap through the eyes of social media, Thomas Lancaster from TEE has helpfully put together this Storify – which includes tweets and photos from throughout the day

A big thank you to everyone who presented, session chaired, and submitted a poster, and also thanks to those who helped with the organisation of the event beforehand.

Research Update: bye REF

Last Friday (29th November) at midday was the final deadline for our submission for the Research Excellence Framework. After months of hard work to prepare our submission, we were able to press the button on the afternoon of Thursday 28th November.

Compared to the previous research assessment (RAE 2008) this time we had returned more staff and submitted in four new units of assessment (UoAs). It was a fantastic collective effort by staff across the University and the Research Office held a ‘thank you lunch’ on Friday for the administrators, UoA coordinators and Ref Action Team members. Everyone who attended were also given a small token of appreciation…


Source: Twitter @ELSS_Research

Once again, a big thank you to everyone involved in the process.


Our annual research conference, RESCON13 is taking place on Tuesday 17 December at Parkside, and will also celebrate our REF submission, as well as our research as a whole. There will be presentations from a diverse mix of our postgraduate research students and academic staff, and the event will be followed by an evening reception with special guests.

The schedule is nearly finalised and will be circulated to staff and students soon. Those who want to display a poster must get their designs to me (if a student), or Digital Print Services (if staff) by Tuesday 10th December

Staff and students are still able to register to attend, more information here. It should be a great day, we look forward to seeing you there.