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On 15 June 2022, our community gathered together for the Doctoral Research Conference, to celebrate the excellence and diversity in doctoral research at the University.

We enjoyed an amazing range of presentations from students, an inspiring keynote presentation on entrepreneurship from Dr Fiona Marston (Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence), student-made films and posters, and image and object exhibitions.

It was a fascinating and engaging afternoon, providing an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the great things doctoral researchers are doing across a wide range of disciplines. We would like to thank everyone who was involved and to congratulate the prize winners. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Conference.

Competition winners

Research for a Better World Competition  

Judges' Choice

National category 

Natasha Robson, School of Literature and Languages  Critical thinking for a Global Society in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism 

Judges' Choice

Global category 

Anika Salim, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy  Novel strategies to mitigate snakebite-induced socioeconomic burden on rural communities 


Three Minute Thesis Competition 
Judges' Choice  Choshani Dalukdeniya Arachchilage, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy  ‘An Atlas of Gut Bacterial Function’ 
People’s Choice Jacob Gardner, School of Biological Sciences  'Movement Evolved Rapidly as Dinosaurs Rose to Dominance’ 


Research in an Object Competition 
Judges' Choice JingHeng Huang, Henley Business School   ‘NRIC Identity card’ 
People’s Choice  Vincent Strong, School of Biological Sciences  ‘Multi electrode array – MEA driving rig’ 


Research Poster Competition 
Judges' Choice       Edward Ross, School of Humanities  ‘Ritual Activity in Multi-Religious Spaces: A Case Study of the Hellenistic Far East’ 
People’s Choice  Maria Roznovcova, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy  ‘The "AAA" MIDAS motif mutation reduces expression and impairs trafficking of CACHD1 in HEK293 cells’ 


Research Film Competition 
Judges' Choice  Tunde Geher-Herczegh, School of Biological Sciences  ‘Drama in the lab’ 
People’s Choice  Marta Ross, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy  ‘Science with Arthur’
Poetry, Rhyme and Rap Competition 
Winner          Mathy Sannasi, Henley Business School                              The (Not) Faraway Life 


Research Image Competition  
Judges' Choice Carys Cunningham, School of Biological Sciences  ‘Sibling Rivalry’ 
People’s Choice  Krishnal Thirumarpan, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development  ‘Responsible wildlife watching: vehicular crowding in National Parks’ 


Research Life in Pictures Competition 
Judges' Choice Thuraiya Al Jabri, School of Biological Sciences  ‘Wild olive biodiversity in Omani Mountains’ 
People’s Choice  Thuraiya Al Jabri, School of Biological Sciences  ‘Wild olive biodiversity in Omani Mountains’