First Student Research Conference Creates a Buzz

The School held its inaugural Student Research Conference last week on Friday 4th of November 2016. Over 130 BSc, MSc, PhD and ProfDoc students came along and heard about the research which is taking place within the School of HNM and learned more about the role of the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice in advancing applied research within health and social care practice.

The research conference was opened by the Vice Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Ehsan Mesbahi and chaired by Alzheimer Scotland Professor of Dementia and Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise) Professor Debbie Tolson.  The keynote speaker was Professor Mike Nolan, Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Sheffield, who delivered an inspirational talk on the role of enquiry and research in enhancing the quality of care for older people and their family carers.

The morning sessions consisted of students within the School of HNM presenting posters and talking about their own research studies in small groups.  Breakout sessions provided staff and students the opportunity to network with a range of peers from different programmes and campuses. The afternoon consisted of a plenary session where MSc and PhD students shared their own student journey, their experiences of research and becoming a post-graduate research student.  The day concluded with a prize giving ceremony by Professor Debbie Tolson.  PhD student Edel Roddy won “Best Poster” and PhD student Sam Quinn won “Best Presentation”. Congratulations Edel and Sam.

There was a real buzz to the day and the planning committee has received excellent feedback. If you attended/participated in the conference, please let us know your thoughts by completing the survey below.

This survey is confidential with 10 multiple choice questions and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. The planning committee would appreciate your feedback which will help to shape next year’s Student Research Conference.