As part of Kent Giving Week 2022, we hosted an event called Bright Minds where we heard from four of our brilliant PhD students about their cutting edge research. Click on the video below to catch up if you missed it...
Grass snakes are a widespread throughout Great Britain, despite this relatively few studies have been conducted on them, compared to other British reptiles. For the past three summers, PhD student Steven Allain has been surveying a population of grass snakes in East Anglia to understand more about their ecology, and investigate the occurrence and effects of snake fungal disease.
The concept of exile remains significant in contemporary literature. Expressions of protest, distress and emotional dissonance can be found in the works of Caribbean writers who remain preoccupied with the loss of ancestral homes and attendant privileges.
When considering the exilic status of poets from the Caribbean, it can be argued that their first loss occurred as a result of the trafficking of African ancestors to the Caribbean. The second loss, making more certain their exilic condition, occurs whenever the writer leaves his/her birth home, for an extended period. Contemporary Caribbean poets often choose to use language as a subversive tool, offering a challenge to the standard English language by the adoption of the vernacular. Poets also set out to offer correction to misinformation, and more lately innovative poets through an attack on ‘form’ have sought to challenge historical archives, recognizing that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
This talk will discuss the benefits and implications of different exercise interventions (short vs long-term) for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It will particularly focus on the benefits that multi-modal exercise can have as an intervention that can be implemented in different settings (at home or in the community). Thus, this talk will provide an overview of associated functional and cognitive outcomes to long-term exercise, and it will also outline qualitative aspects such as the participants’ perceptions, experiences and thoughts about these interventions.
Associative trace evidence provides a physical link between a suspect and other elements of the crime, such as the scene, the victim, or the weapon/object. There are many forms of accepted trace evidence, but cosmetics are often overlooked, undervalued, or misinterpreted. The aim of this research is to determine whether cosmetic traces left at a scene or transferred to a victim or an object, could be analysed using Raman spectroscopy. The spectra produced will then be analysed using chemometric techniques, in order to avoid interpretation mistakes or subjectivity, and to extract the maximum amount of information from the data.