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

As part of an ongoing ONLINE series of lectures, to mark International Awareness Days we are pleased to invite you to the forthcoming events with leading DMU research scholars. The online lectures will reflect on how research can help communities deal with the COVID-19 crisis in the context of health and wellbeing, political stabilities and future generations and will feature 10-minute talks and panel discussions.  

Wednesday 11 November: Armistice Day, 12.30-2pm  

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 First and Second World Wars and the Yugoslav conflict of the 1990s, two historians, together with a De Montfort University (DMU) PhD student, will tackle these issues. A panel discussion will follow. 

Panikos Panayi, Professor of European History, 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.  

Jessica Cretney, a second year AHRC M4C funded PhD student, will draw on her doctoral research to examine Nazi concentration camps and spaces of confinement.

Kenneth Morrison, Professor of Modern Southeast European History, will tackle 'Citizen Resilience in Besieged Sarajevo', which will focus on how citizens adapted to life in the besieged city. He will look at the lessons that can be drawn and will be joined by video-link by Elma Hodžić, a curator at the History Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina, who will discuss how citizens used their creativity to function during the siege.

For further information and to book your place please click here  

Friday 20 November: Universal Children’s Day, 12.30-2pm 

As part of an ONLINE series of lectures to mark International Awareness Days, we are pleased to invite you on 20 November at 12.30pm to speed lectures and a panel discussion with leading DMU scholars. Focusing on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of Universal Children's Day the behaviour of children will be explored.  The event will be chaired by Professor Jackie Labbe, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Talks will include:

  • The Sensory Play Toolkit: A fun way to help children try new foods by Dr Helen Coulthard, Reader in Lifespan Eating Behaviour and Dr Vicki Aldridge, VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Psychology
    Around half of all children demonstrate picky or avoidant eating in childhood, often relating to a lack of experience or difficulties with tastes, smells, and textures. Despite the prevalence, few resources exist to support clinicians or caregivers in helping children to overcome these difficulties. The Sensory Play Toolkit has been designed to help increase children’s confidence to try new foods, and to enjoy doing it, using sensory activities.

  • A Germ’s Journey: developing interactive health-education resources to increase children’s understanding of germs and infection control, and behaviour of handwashing practice globally by Dr Sarah Younie, Professor of Education Innovation and Sapphire Crosby, doctoral student and Project Research Assistant
    Utilised across three continents (UK, Asia and West Africa) in schools, museum exhibits, community centres and refugee camps, the ‘Germ’s Journey’ interdisciplinary, co-created resources have been developed and evaluated to assess their impact on aiding children’s understanding of germs and improving handwashing behaviour to tackle infection in the UK and low-and-middle-income countries.

  • Becoming the ‘Great Gatsby’… The evolution of early childhood aspirations by Aaron Toogood, Associate Professor
    Poverty is linked to levels of health, participation in crime, social mobility and even psychological well-being. Studies have identified the importance of aspiration and educational opportunity to bridge the income gap. This research project explores the changes in aspiration levels of 8-10 year-olds, with a particular emphasis on children living in some of Leicester’s deprived areas. 

  •  An Exploration of the Notion that Teacher Resilience will have a Positive Impact on Teacher Attrition Rates by Beth Miller, Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour
    The phenomenon of ‘resilience’ has become a popular contemporary concept in the study of organisational success, as resilience tends to be viewed as a characteristic that enables organisations and individual workers to absorb pressure and remain robust, motivated, and productive. It has been suggested that to address the problem of high teacher attrition, which impacts pupil's continuity and progress, simply developing ‘resilience’ in those that enter the teaching profession needs prioritising. 

To register please click here  

Places can be booked up to one hour before each event. Please contact the DMU Events Office at  if you have any queries regarding the series. 

You can view previous events below: 

24 June - National Writing Day

Professor Simon Perril introduces the topic of practice research, and then contributes 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. 

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 October 15 - National Handwashing Day


An online event focussing on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of National Handwashing Day.  

Dr Katie Laird and Mark Charlton 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.

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