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Thank you to all of the staff and postgraduate students who participated in the various events organised as a part of the Graduate School's 8th annual Postgraduate Festival from 18-22 June 2018. Read about the wide array of research that was presented during the festival below and watch the highlight video for an overview of the launch event!



The Postgraduate Festival is an annual event organised by the Graduate School to bring together the postgraduate community and recognise the excellence of research at Kent. The event provides a valuable opportunity for postgraduates to showcase their research, network and explore new connections amongst the postgraduate and wider University community. Bringing together a colourful variety of disciplines, the festival provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse disciplines across all three faculties. All postgraduate students are invited and welcome, as are professional and support staff working alongside our postgraduate students.

If you have any ideas that you would like to see incorporated next year or would like to organise an event, please contact Felicity Clifford, Postgraduate Experience Officer: See the 2018 Programme of Events for reference.



Research, Competition and Community at the Postgraduate Festival 2018:

Tea and Talks


The Tea and Talks session was held in the Graduate School Training room on Thursday, 22 June. The event was a chance celebrate the diverse and fascinating research contributions of postgraduate students across faculties over a cup of tea and a slice (or two) of cake! Thank you to the students who presented their research:

  • Rosemary Walters (PhD, School of English): Zig Zag: Critical and Cultural Theory in the Poetry of Charles Causley
  • Yorick Berta (Taught Master's, School of Arts): Does Sensory Augmentation Expand Our Aesthetic Perception of the World?
  • Isaure Delaporte (PhD, School of Economics): Ethnic Identity and the Labour Market Outcomes of Immigrants in France
  • Sam Billington (PhD, School of Physical Sciences): Evolutionary Stages of Massive Star Formation
  • Nicole Brown (PhD, SSPSSR): The construction of academic identity under the influence of fibromyalgia
  • Saeed Akkad (PhD, School of Physical Sciences): Nanocarriers as delivery systems for the delivery of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to targeted cancer tissues


#MyResearchatKent Twitter Competition

As a part of this year's festival, we challenged University of Kent postgraduates to take part in the ‘My Research at Kent' competition, summarising their research to a public audience in just 280 characters through Twitter! Congratulations to our winners:


  • Laura Skillen (PhD, Brussels School of International Studies) for her tweet: MyResearchKent investigates political #blame in the #EU - what is it, who uses it, against whom, how does it work, and how does it affect audiences differently? I argue that blame interacts with identity & emotions to produce political polarisation. @UniKentGradSch #Brexit
  • Hannah Huxley (PhD, Centre for American Studies) for her tweet: Ever wondered what Lenox Avenue sounded like in 1925? #MyResearchKent explores the soundscape of Harlem from the "roaring" 1920s to the early 1940s, and considers the resonance of sound in African-American literature. @UniKentGradSch
  • Chiara Gattoni (PhD, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences) for her tweet: Hear ye! Brain Endurance Training, a systematic repetition of very long and boring cognitive tasks in front of a screen, might improve your exercise performance. Mind over muscles? Train your body to run fast. Train your brain to run even faster! #MyResearchKent @UniKentGradSch

Research Poster Competition


As in years past, the Graduate School ran a hotly-contested research poster competition as a part of the Postgraduate Festival. The posters were assessed according to two criteria: poster design (presentation and visual communication) and research content (how easily the content could be understood by non-subject specialists). Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the 2018 winners:

  • Sciences: Jed Hugh Askew (PhD, School of Physical Sciences) for his poster titled, Simple Synthesis of Colour-Changing Compounds
  • Social Sciences and People's Choice: Courtney Allen (PhD, Psychology) for her poster titled, Becoming Bicultural through Romantic Relationships: Is it Possible? 
  • Humanities: Sophie Chavarria (PhD, School of European Culture and Languages) for her poster titled, How (in)famous are Roman actresses?


3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Final

Festival Launch attendees heard from four PhD students who gave fascinating discussions on self-efficacy and endurance performance (Paul Anstiss, SSES), human evolution (Christopher Dunmore, SAC), DNA (Jamie Barnett, Biosciences) and Group Decisions (Dawn Nicholson, Psychology). The overall winner was Dawn Nicholson (PhD, School of Psychology) with her presentation titled: Transforming Group Decisions from Grim to Great: The Power of the Premortem. Congratulations to our 2018 3MT® Winner!


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