Doctoral College Lecture Series

The Doctoral College Lecture Series are celebratory events showcasing the success and impact of De Montfort University’s research students and their contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During each event, a selection of DMU’s research students will deliver a 10-minute speed lecture exploring how their research links to one of the SDGs.

These will be followed by an expert panel discussion and an audience Q&A.


Future Events

  • 24 June 2020, 12:30 

Among the core pleasures of reading is the experience of being imaginatively transported elsewhere; and rarely has that been so literally needed as in Covid 19 lockdown. Professor Simon Perril will lead a series of short talks and readings by novelists, poets, playwrights and PhD students from Leicester Centre for Creative Writing at DMU. They will give a flavour of their creative work within a research context.

Creative Writing and Practice Research

Professor Simon Perril will introduce the topic of practice research, and then contribute to a series of contextualised readings, to be followed by a round table discussion. In the first half of the event Leicester Centre for Creative Writing authors will present their work. In the second half of the evening writers within the Centre will talk about their PhD project to give a flavour of the diversity of Practice Research at DMU.

12.30 Simon Perril: What are the challenges of Practice Research? 

Leicester Centre for Creative Writing Authors: 

12:35 Rod Duncan 

12:45 Siobhan Logan 

Leicester Centre for Creative Writing: PhD tasters 

12:55 Zeandrick Oliver 

12:05 Sabrina Smith 

13:15 Will Breden 

13:25 Simon Perril, closing reading 

13:35 -14:00 Roundtable discussion and Questions and Answers

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  • 15 October 2020, 12:30: 'National Hand Washing Day': Dr Katie Laird and Mark Charlton will lead a series of short talks and a discussion with research students on multidisciplinary approaches to health hygiene education, specifically infection control and prevention related to infectious diseases and COVID-19. 

    Hands, Soap and the Control of Infectious Disease 

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that handwashing is the key strategy for reducing and containing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2.  The resources available for handwashing (soap and water) and understanding of microorganism transmission varies significantly globally, with disparities between western societies and low to middle income countries. It is important that correct handwashing practice is taught from a young age and becomes a life skill, yet the concept of an “invisible germ” to 3-5 years olds is a difficult message to portray.  Dr Katie Laird and Prof Sarah Younie are co-founders of “A Germ’s Journey Educational Resources” that aim to do just that. Working with a multidisciplinary team (Science, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Art & Design, Media and English Literature) of talented DMU students, handwashing resources including books, games, songs, colouring sheets, parent guides and a museum exhibition have been co-created for children around the world to engage and learn from.  The data collected demonstrates impact and changes in understanding, behaviour and a reduction in illness related to handwashing in UK, India and Sierra Leone.  The discussion will focus on handwashing in the fight against Covid-19 and perspectives of students from several disciplines on how being involved with Germ’s Journey has informed their studies and future careers.
  • 11 November 2020, 12:30: 'Armistice Day': Professors Kenneth Morrison and Panikos Panayi will lead a series of short talks by students on the experiences of war and a discussion of the relevance of war history today.

    War, Crisis and Confinement: Lessons from the Twentieth Century 

While the confinement which has taken place in 2020 may have no historical precedent in terms of its globality, containment as a result of war occurred regularly during the twentieth century. Using the example of the two World Wars and the Yugoslav conflict of the 1990s, two historians, together with Ph.D students, will tackle these issues. Panikos Panayi will focus upon the internment camp in Knockaloe during the First World War to demonstrate how, on the one hand, barbed wire disease developed amongst males who could face confinement for years, while, on the other a prison camp society also evolved as prisoners tried to cope with their situation by developing cultural activities. Kenneth Morrison will tackle 'Citizen Resilience in Besieged Sarajevo', which will focus on how citizens adapted to life in the besieged city with no electricity, gas, domestic water supply and under sniper and shell fire. He will look at the lessons that can be drawn from the case of Sarajevo and how their historical experience helped them deal with the COVID-19 lockdown.

Further information will appear here when available.


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