Staff Blogs: University of Leicester

Welcome to the University of Leicester academic and staff blog site.

From Royal Society Fellows to early-career researchers, corporate services to academic related – all members of staff are engaged in creating new knowledge, whether in the sciences, social sciences, business, the arts or wherever their interests lie. This wealth of research expertise means Leicester has a unique and critical role to play in helping to overcome major challenges faced by society.

This site aims to provide a platform for University of Leicester staff – whether early-career, established or somewhere in between; whether researching and rehearsing ideas, networking with peers, or an early form of publication. As you would expect from Leicester, it’s inclusive and accessible so we look forward to your comments.

Latest posts from the staff blogs


What is Occupational Psychology?

There are number of different fields of Psychology. One of these is Occupational Psychology. Occupational Psychologists apply psychological knowledge, theory and practice to the world of work. They aim to help an organisation get the best performance from their employees and also to improve employees’ job satisfaction. There are several areas of occupational psychology, including […]

Kerry Dobbins

‘Learning outcomes’ as a tool for student and tutor reflection

Readers who have viewed my Scoop-it page  will have come across a blog post that I ‘scooped’ called ‘Intentional reflection for intentional outcomes’. Some may wonder why I ‘scooped’ it due to its use of customer service experiences to frame its discussion. I must be clear here – I, like many others, view the higher […]

Barbara Cooke

The Sweet and Twenties

If you’re mad about the twenties, why not join us and Party Like it’s 1929?   One of the most joyous things about my work as Research Associate on the Complete Works project is that it falls to me to keep the university library well stocked with all things Waugh. As well as ordering in […]

Andrew Dunn

Documentaries on Palestine

Palestinian docs Website that features information about documentary films which focus upon Palestine and life of Palestinians, compiled by University of St. Andrews, Scotland and Eva University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Themes covered include the diaspora, the Arab-Israeli conflict and specific disputed areas such as Gaza . Entries have summaries, links to excerpts and, where available, full access […]


Gibbs Sampling with a Dirichlet Process

This is the third in a series of postings on the use of Dirichlet processes for non-parametric Bayesian analysis and their implementation in Stata. In this posting I will create a Stata program that fits a Bayesian model that incorporates a Dirichlet process prior. As my example I will model the peak expiratory flow measurements […]

Simon Dixon

The many languages of Sue Townsend

The Special Collections team has been joined for the last couple of weeks by Claire Preval, an undergraduate intern from the Department of the History of Art and Film. Claire spent her first few days doing a great job of sorting our extensive collection of foreign language editions of works by Sue Townsend and has […]

Scottish Independence is too important to be left to the Politicians

Thomas Swann, Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School and the recent recipient of a Times Higher Education Best Essay Prize, encourages us to pay more attention to the Grassroots of the movement toward Scottish Independence Those who struggled through the recently televised debate between between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling witnessed a pretty dour affair. […]

Grant Denkinson

Spreading the word – what to do and what not to do

I regularly see notes about upcoming events, calls for papers, book launches and the like. I see many of these as do many other people. If you want to maximise my time and attention I have a few tips. Most of the time the more extra and unnecessary work I need to do, the less […]

David Revill

MA Scholarship Award Holders Announced

Congratulations! to the following four applicants who have each been awarded a £2000 MA Scholarship: Mariette Cracknell (MA Victorian Studies),Kelsyn Delaney (MA Modern Literature and Creative Writing),Rachel Evans (MA English Studies) and Francesca White (MA English Studies). We’re also delighted that Richard Fallon (MA Victorian Studies) was successful in his application for a College Masters Excellence Studentship. There […]

Oliver Brett

Conference update: ‘L’esperienza del luogo’: Italian photography, writing and landscape. Luigi Ghirri, his contemporaries, his legacy. University of Leicester, Stamford Court, 19-21 September 2014.

The conference is fast approaching! Well done to Marina and Jacopo and all others at the University of Leicester who have worked so hard to bring it all together, as well as to those who will be contributing to the programme by delivering papers. More information is now available on our webpage regarding the conference, including the abstracts […]

Stephen Walker

Learning from the early adopters: developing the digital practitioner

Recent research by Liz Bennett (2014) looks at the drivers that motivate educators to use technology in their teaching. She took a framework (Beetham and Sharpe 2011) used to model students’ digital literacies and applied it to lecturers’ digital literacy practices. The intention was to examine the motivations for lecturers in adopting Technology Enhanced Learning. Bennett […]

Norman Housley

Unexpected consequences: expulsion and flight in fifteenth-century Europe.

Unexpected consequences: expulsion and flight in fifteenth-century Europe.             We live in an age of enforced migration, as war, ethnic cleansing and religious conflict force vast numbers of innocent people to leave their homes and livelihoods and face an uncertain future. In the 1420s the populations of certain parts of […]

Clare Anderson

The Clink restaurant at HMP Brixton: fine dining and prison education

By Sarah Longair, Carceral Archipelago Project Researcher. Having been aware of the work of The Clink Charity, an innovative and exciting initiative which establishes restaurants in prisons, I was thrilled to hear that the latest one to benefit was HMP Brixton, not far from where I live. The Clink has been established with the aim […]

Amy Jane Barnes

The ‘China Dream’: conference programme and registration

Planning for ChiSRA’s inaugural conference (24th/25th September) continues apace. A provisional programme is now available to download from our website. The presentations will cover a range of themes and subject areas, including literature and film, visual arts, design and marketing. We are delighted to announce that Professor Zhong Xin from Renmin University will be delivering […]

Charlotte Barratt

Universities Week and Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Putting some of the Richard III projects to one side for a moment, I thought I would write about the events of the next two weeks that I have been working on with colleagues. Firstly, Universities Week 2014 is 9-15 June.    Universities Week is run by Universities UK to highlight the research that takes place […]

Ana Verissimo

Let’s get the ball rolling

At Leicester we’re going places. However, our busy agendas don’t always allow us to keep up with what other departments (or even our own) are doing or to take the time to go over there and discuss possible collaborations. This blog intends to showcase research at Leicester, bring researchers together and promote discussion. Furthermore, it […]

Dawn Watkins

Leicester Legal Eagles come in to land

Last Friday was the final day of activities for the Leicester Legal Eagles project.  Students handed in their group work materials; each group having created and trialed in St Peter’s School a workshop for children in years 4 and 5.  Our students had covered a variety of legal topics; animal rights, human rights, libel and […]

Andrew Burnham

A history of computing in 5 minutes… and 38 seconds

I thought that I would share this excellent short video which covers the history of computing in less than six minutes –   As a communications device it is very impressive – this style of using drawing is something I’ve seen before within Jisc projects (I think the University of Leeds produced one) and […]


The Landscapes and Communities Research (LACR) research theme aims to foster research that examines the constitution of and relations between communities and landscapes. Although run from the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering the theme involves researchers from across the University and aims to foster the development of inter- and trans-disciplinary research, making […]

A most illuminating museum?

  This post leaves me open to accusation of being something of a nerd, but never mind, here goes… Museums come in all shapes and sizes, from the large national museums to the tiniest community-led, subject-specialist and village museums. They cover all possible subjects offering something for everyone, whether you’re a lover of a dinosaur, a […]

James Earley

Burrough Hill Excavations Week 3!!

Welcome to the Burrough Hill Blog. This page has been set up to give you information on the excavations from the point of view of the students. To view the full website for the project please visit (If any of the students who I am quoting are reading this, I apologise in advance for […]

Sarah Hodgkinson

‘Stumbling’ upon Berlin’s National Socialist past

Last week I returned from my second and (at the moment) final field trip of European Holocaust sites. Another gruelling itinerary and I returned home exhausted and in need of a break from Holocaust-related sites. I found that after visiting so many sites within the space of a month – reading so much atrocity-related material, […]

James Earley

My Placement so far….

Warning of the Dangers at Caerwent!       What I did done so far….   19th February…Met with Debbie for the first time after interview…Natalie (the girlfriend with the patience of a saint) came with me…Sat in on David Carthy (Primary school teacher), Laura Massey (Intern with University Schools and Colleges Services) and Deborah Frearson’s […]

Sandra Lee

Do people really believe the Daily Mail / Telegraph anymore?

Once again I am fascinated to see yet another piece denying climate change in a popular right-wing newspaper despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary Really? There’s a very nicely written piece here responding to it Every headline news bulletin led with something along the lines of ‘Man-made climate change causes ‘even more certain” […]

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