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

Henrik Melin

Observing Jupiter’s fierce weather from the ground

In late April 2016, I had the privilege of spending a few weeks in Hawaii, observing on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, using a spectrograph called TEXES. This is an instrument that can measure the composition and structure of Jupiter’s clouds, and was built at the University of Texas, Austin. These observations provide a picture […]

Stephen Walker

Embed a YouTube video in Blackboard

  Adding YouTube videos to your Blackboard course is a good way to provide engaging content. For example, you can illustrate difficult concepts and ideas, showcase different viewpoints on an issue, show news reports, or demonstrate laboratory procedures.   You could create a ‘talking head’ video to provide an introduction to your course or programme, or to […]

Andrew Dunn

Britain’s relationship with the EU on film

 British Pathe films on Britain’s relationship with the EU including negotiations to join the Common Market.  

Emma Battell Lowman

Summertime, and the Gibbeting ain’t Easy… By Emma Battell Lowman

    Today is officially the first day of summer, and I welcome the season this year particularly grateful for something that this time last year hadn’t even crossed my mind. Thank goodness Britain no longer practices gibbeting! Between the bouts of monsoon-style rain, the sun is bursting through here in Leicester making for uneven […]

Martin Coffey

What is stress?

Those of us of a certain age may remember that “back in the day” an artist called Hadaway had a hit song (do people still use that phrase?) called “What is love?” It began with the lyrics “What is love, baby don’t hurt me’ don’t hurt me no more…” It seems to me the word […]

Margaret Maclean

My internship with Academic Liaison and Special Collections

By James Wilkinson After one of my friend’s mentioned a potential career path in librarianship, and that she was in the middle of undertaking a librarianship internship here at the University of Leicester, my ideas for potential career options was expanded massively. It seemed obvious once I had thought about it; I’ve just completed a […]

Marie Muir

Waffle…not the good kind!

You are in an interview, you are nervous, there are three interviewers and they are all staring at you in suspense. One of them is asking you a question, but your too busy trying to conceal your nerves so you hear ‘Tell me about…experience….school…team?” You launch off in to an answer about your netball teams’ […]

Clare Anderson

The case for ‘remain’ in the EU referendum – my view as the director of a €1.5 million European funded research project in History

  At the end of last week, thirteen Nobel prize-winning scientists wrote a letter to the right leaning newspaper The Daily Telegraph, urging Britain to vote ‘remain’ in the forthcoming European Union (EU) referendum. The scientists warned of the consequences of a British exit (or ‘Brexit’) from the EU, drawing attention to the fact that […]

Stephen Walker

Student Perceptions of ‘useful’ Digital Technology

“Now, what I want is, Facts….Facts alone are wanted in life” (Mr Gradgrind) A recent Australian study by Henderson, Selwyn and Aston (2015) found that students use digital technologies to support the logistical aspects of their learning : time-saving; finding out about and fulfilling course requirements; mobile and remote access; researching information; getting organised. Where students […]

Ana Verissimo

Staff away day

The latest staff away day took place at Stamford court, with university and departmental updates, a group activity over coffee to reflect on how the department could improve various aspects of the working environment via the working lives committee, bite-sized research presentations and lunch. In the afternoon, departmental staff got competitive at the sports hall. […]

Memorial Page

Mark Pluciennik died on 7 May at the age of 62, following a battle with a progressive neurological condition. Mark joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in 2003 and was the second Director of Distance Learning in Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, retiring in 2011. He subsequently held the title of University […]

Martin Quinn

Leicester – A Champions League City

  Martin Quinn discusses the urban policies and strategies which have made the city of Leicester so successful in recent years.   Leicester has made the headlines in a number of ways of late, home of the champions of English Football as well as highly successful basketball and rugby union teams. Even the cricket team […]

Looting the Archives: Joe Orton

Dr. Samantha Mitschke has been working in the School of Arts as an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow since February. Working with the archives held in Special Collections at the University of Leicester, she has curated a public exhibition taking place in September 2016 as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the London premiere of […]


Different strokes for different folks: Two patient safety tales

A bit about me I’ve been a researcher and part-time PhD student at SAPPHIRE at the University of Leicester for nearly four years. My day-to-day work is concerned with exploring how NHS hospitals ensure and improve patient safety – particularly focusing on organisational culture– while my PhD research is concerned with exploring patient safety from […]

Barbara Cooke

Modern Classics: A Frost in May (14th)

  Our Saturday book group is now reading its way through writers Evelyn Waugh admired, or whose themes connect with his. Next up is Antonia White, who Waugh considered one of the best novelists of the time. White’s debut A Frost in May (1933) is a semi-autobiographical account of a young girl’s convent school education.   […]

Paul Boyle

Why Open Access?

We are committed to undertaking research which inspires and delivers change for the better.  So, it is vitally important that our research findings are freely available to the world.   To achieve this, we need to embrace Open Access.  In this short video, I consider the benefits of Open Access and how it can help […]

Grant Denkinson

DMP Rubrics

I’m starting to work more with Data Management Plans (DMPs) which are required by some funders and might well be a good idea for most researchers anyway. We’re looking at DMPonline by the Digital Curation Centre for creating them and what local customisations we want to make. I’m also starting to look at DMP Rubrics and the […]

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Alberto Fernández Carbajal

Queering Islam # 2: Rusi Jaspal public talk recording

Prof Rusi Jaspal (De Montfort University) gave a great public talk on the social psychology of gay and bisexual Muslims last week as part of the series Queering Islam. You can find the video recording below, also available through YouTube. The talk explored the findings of various studies that set out to examine aspects of […]

Philip Shaw

Daring Deeds of Valour

Daring Deeds of Valour By Dr Rachel Bates, University of Leicester The 29 January 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of the Victoria Cross, a key legacy of the Crimean War (1854-56). Over the past four years, I have been looking at how the Crimean War shaped British understanding of war, violence and nationhood. The creation […]

Marie Muir

New Year, New Career, New Outlook

January is rubbish. It’s cold, wet and dark and your holiday is over. You are back, revising hard for your exams and assignment deadlines are coming in thick and fast, so how do you motivate yourself to get back on the job/internship search. Ten members of the Career Development Service Team tell you how; “Plan […]

Why do a MOOC in Museum Studies?

Over 11,000 people signed up for the first run of our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum, and they were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Demand is so high that we are running the course again, starting on January 18th 2016.  But why might you want to undertake […]

Maria Rovisco

Dancing With Strangers: Body and Otherness in the Experience of Citizenship – by Rita Marcalo

This post is authored by Rita Marcalo, dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Instant Dissidence, as a response to the Workshop ‘Arts and Citizenship’ held at the Department of Media and Communication in June 2015. Since 2013 I have been developing a performance series entitled Dancing With Strangers. The first instance in the series took the European […]


Stata14 and the future of this blog

I have not posted for the last few weeks, not because I have nothing to say but rather because I have been thinking about the future of this blog. I have had in mind for some time that there is a need to say something about the Bayesian analysis facilities that were introduced in Stata14 and while preparing […]

Norman Housley

The Maid of Orleans and Crusading

The Maid of Orleans and Crusading:   reflections on a colloquium La France et l’Orient au temps de Jeanne d’Arc. Idéaux pacifiques et réalités guerrières, Rouen, 29 May 2015 Meeting in the splendid surroundings of the Salle des États in Rouen’s recently opened ‘Historial Jeanne d’Arc’, the speakers at this colloquium gave their attention to a […]

Anna Charalambidou

Our book ‘Authentic Recipes from Around the World’ is out

Our much-anticipated book, entitled ‘Authentic Recipes from Around the World’ (HAT Events, 2015), written by the investigators of the project (Emma-Jayne Abbots, Anna Charalambidou, Elaine Forde, Ana Martins, Hazel Thomas, Deborah Toner) and a number of collaborators and external partners has been published! This general audience book is the outcome of the AHRC project “Consuming […]

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