The Spirit of Research

The 2013 Postgraduate Student Conference is a celebration of the spirit of research and essence of research. The essential character of research has been described as the discovery of something unknown through the methods of experimental science; as well as the application of this new knowledge for the benefit of humanity and the natural world.

This conference will include discoveries being made and applied by postgraduate research students at the University of Lincoln, as well as the ways in which these discoveries are represented and critiqued through the arts and humanities.

The conference seeks to demonstrate that the spirit of research is not the preserve of any particular subject or discipline, but is what all researchers share in common and constitutes what is essential about higher education, ‘the idea of the University’.

Speakers and session hosts

Scott Davidson

Opening the 2013 Postgraduate Student Conference, Professor Scott Davidson, will welcome all delegates to the event and talk about the importance of postgraduates within the University.

Stephen McKay

Distinguished Professor of Social Research Stephen McKay recently joined the University of Lincoln, from Birmingham. He will be delivering our keynote speech on ‘A Craft of Research: A View from the Social Sciences’.

Christine Jackson

Principal Research Fellow Dr Christine Jackson will be delivering a workshop around post-doctoral careers, offering examples of life after the PhD.

Lisa Mooney

Dean of Research, Dr Lisa Mooney will be joining us a member of the question and answer panel on the Spirit of Research and the Postgraduate experience.

Andrew Hunter

Head of the College of Science, Professor Andrew Hunter will be joining us a member of the question and answer panel on the Spirit of Research and the Postgraduate experience.

Claire Markham

Postgraduate student of the School of Social Science, Claire Markham, completing her PhD in Social Policy, will be joining us a representative of postgraduate students on the question and answer panel on the Spirit of Research and the Postgraduate experience.

Mike Neary

Professor Mike Neary, the University of Lincoln’s Dean of Teaching & Learning, and the Director of The Graduate School, will be hosting the conference.

Dan Derricott

Dan Derricott’s workshop sets out to provoke you to challenge the norm from the very first minute. The aim of the workshop is to unleash your creative thoughts to help guide the university in understanding, listening and responding to your needs.

April 18th, 2013


08:30am – 09:30am
Registration & Reception

09:30am – 10:20am
Welcome & Keynote
Professor Scott Davidson, Deputy Vice Chancellor will welcome all delegates to the conference, followed by our Keynote speech by Distinguished Professor Stephen McKay: “A Craft of Research: A View from the Social Sciences”.

10:30am – 11:15am
Parallel Session 1
A collection of 15 minute presentations from students.

Morning BreakGet a coffee or tea and a snack at your leisure.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Parallel Session 2
A second round of student-led 15 minute presentations.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
LunchGrab some lunch, our compliments! Be sure to network, relax and refresh ready for the afternoon.

1:30pm – 2:00pm
An interactive networking session, providing an opportunity for you to meet other delegates from across different disciplines.

2:00pm – 2:25pm
Poster Session
An opportunity to browse through the research posters on display, ask questions to those presenting and cast your vote on which poster you feel is best.

2:30pm – 3:45pm
Parallel Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1
The Postgraduate Experience
Lynne Landry & Gary Saunders

Workshop 2
Student Engagement
Dan Derricott

Workshop 3
Post-Doctoral Careers
Dr Christine Jackson

Afternoon BreakGrab another drink and get fuelled up for the remainder of the afternoon.

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Best of the Day
The best of presentations from the day, as voted for by conference delegates, will present their work once again.

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Q&A Panel Discussion — The Spirit of Research & the Postgraduate Experience
A question and answer panel, consisting of Head of the College of Science, Pro Vice Chancellor — Professor Andrew Hunter, Dean of Research — Dr Lisa Mooney, Students’ Union Academic Affairs Officer — Wesley Wells and Postgraduate Student — Claire Markham. Director of The Graduate School, Professor Mike Neary will chair the session, taking pre-prepared questions from the audience. Please note: Q&A question sheets can be found in your delegate pack.

Thank You & Goodbye

Conference venue

Situated just three miles north of Lincoln in a beautiful parkland campus, Riseholme College specialises in Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Equine training and education.

More than 1,000 acres of land are farmed at the Riseholme Park campus and in the nearby village of Nettleham. The Riseholme Estate has more than 20 hectares of mixed woodlands, and extensive water features.

Riseholme Park is just a few minutes away by car or bus from Lincoln city centre and the University’s main Brayford Pool campus.