A new project to raise the profile of research being carried out at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has been launched by DMU’s Square Mile programme.
The SMART research project will see 50 graduate champions assigned a researcher at DMU. Their role will be to help develop their online research profile and disseminate their work, as well as help find participants for projects that have a potential public benefit.Mark Charlton, Square Mile manager, said: “The SMART project aims to demonstrate De Montfort University’s commitment to Public Good, something the award-winning DMU Square Mile has been at the forefront of since it began in 2011.”“It will help our Graduate Champions develop research skills, learn media techniques and give them the ability to confidently use new ways of reaching audiences. They will be presenting, writing and keeping a blog of their achievements.”Paddy Bull, (pictured) history and politics, graduated in July. He is working with politics researcher Professor Jonathan Davies – currently leading an international project looking at the effects of austerity policies - and PhD student Aamir Hussain of the Plant Science department. He said: “I’m incredibly excited to be part of this project. I didn’t realise all the research which is done here.”Jessica Nain, criminology with criminal justice graduate (pictured below) said: “This will give us research, presentation skills and I’m looking forward to learning new things.”The team’s first job will be to work on the research web pages of the new DMU SMART website. DMU Square Mile now has more than 40 different projects across four faculities involving 60 staff and 1,500 students.
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