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


Solutions to the Exercises: Chapter 3 – Question 2

Last time I presented my solution to the first question at the end of chapter 3 of ‘Bayesian analysis with Stata’ and this time I want to consider question 2 from the same chapter. Question 2 This question analyses some data on the prevalence of very pre-term births (VPT) in Europe using a small 1997 […]

Julie Coleman

Literary Leicester: Unveiling Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane

Literary Leicester 14 November, 2014 1.30, Special Collections Reading Room, David Wilson Library Unveiling Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane: A Commemorative Pot To mark the 50th anniversary of Leicester-born writer Joe Orton’s first stage play, his sister Leonie Orton Barnett will unveil a pot specially commissioned for the David Wilson Library from local ceramicist Rachel […]

Emma Battell Lowman

Zanzibar’s Prison Island: The Prison That Never Was, by Sarah Longair

My initial research on peculiar history of Zanzibar’s so-called Prison Island as part of the Carceral Archipelago project began last year delving into the records in the National Archives and the British Library. Relying on Foreign Office correspondence, I was able to piece together some of the original documents of the construction of prison buildings […]

Andrew Dunn

Online harassment

How common is online harassment? According to a Pew Internet Project report  40% of Internet users in the USA have personally experienced online harassment, 73% have witnessed it happening to others.


The Protection of Knowledge as the Production of Ignorance

Geoff Lightfoot and Tomasz Wisniewski, Senior Lecturers in the School’s Finance and Accounting Group, describe information asymmetry as a politically prevalent predicament about which we should all be concerned Knowledge production has always been a political matter to the extent that it has always coincided with the production of ignorance. The Ancient Egyptian priests protected […]

Ana Verissimo

Heart Health: A beginner’s guide to cardiovascular disease

  Last month, after hearing about this course through a departmental e-mail, I decided to enrol, to refresh my knowledge of cardiovascular disease. This is a free course, delivered in lay terms, produced by the University of Reading (all images were taken from their videos). The course comprised 4 modules in weekly instalments: Cardiovascular anatomy […]

The School of Museum Studies at the Museums Association Conference 2014

Posted on behalf of School Manager, Barbara Lloyd: Call me a sentimental old fool if you will, but I was quite sad to be attending my last ever Museums Association conference on the 9th and 10th October in the lovely, if wet, Cardiff. We have been attending the exhibition alongside the conference for many years […]

Kerry Dobbins

Understanding and enacting learning outcomes: the academic’s perspective

Our second ‘Learning Outcomes Project’ paper has just been published in Studies in Higher Education.  It is called ‘Understanding and enacting learning outcomes: the academic’s perspective’ and follows on from our previously published paper ‘Learning about learning outcomes: the student perspective’.  Both papers are based on research we conducted with students and academic staff at the University of Leicester […]

Norman Housley

Two fifteenth-century prelates and crusading – Piccolomini and Cusa

Two fifteenth-century prelates and crusading – Piccolomini and Cusa The Church produced some outstanding figures in the  fifteenth century and none more so than Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (1405-64), who became pope in 1458 as Pius II, and Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64), who was made cardinal in 1448. They make for an interesting comparison. Piccolomini hailed […]

Simon Dixon

Seditious works in Special Collections: the case of William Prynne (1600-1669)

One of our current projects in Special Collections is to identify material that could form the basis for undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. To do this I’m getting the opportunity do one of the things that I enjoy most about my job: exploring our collections. Despite having worked here for two years, there’s still much that […]

Barbara Cooke

November Book Group: Men at Arms

  Email the group to join us and discuss the first instalment of Waugh’s ‘Sword of Honour’ trilogy. In November we will be focussing on Men at Arms, in which Guy Crouchback is awoken from a decade of inertia by the outbreak of WWII. He immediately joins the English war effort: comedy and tragedy ensue. When: Saturday 8th November, […]

Grant Denkinson

Ideas for tools for helping with Open Access publication

I find tools from SHERPA useful. I like to keep an eye on what I’d ideally like as well as what is currently available both for me and people I work with. In tools to help with Open Access publishing: For researchers: A clear choice between contractual choices for a journal, with a small number […]

Marina Spunta

‘Viaggi lenti e sghembi’ fra Marche e Abruzzo di Paolo Merlini e Maurizio Silvestri

Testo di Sara Bonfili Riguardo il sodalizio che può instaurarsi tra fotografi e scrittori, i marchigiani Paolo Merlini e Maurizio Silvestri possono essere citati come esempi di viaggiatori-osservatori che fanno del reportage giornalistico una buona scusa per far letteratura, e del viaggio lento un modo per scoprire paradisi italiani dimenticati o sottovalutati. Perché tra i […]

Ceri Jones

Challenges Faced by Occupational Psychologists

The field of Occupational Psychology brings benefits to both organisations and the people who work in them. Occupational Psychology is discipline of Psychology and uses psychological knowledge, research and theories to address a wide range of organisational and employee issues such as; personnel selection, wellbeing, leadership, team performance, human factors and organisational culture but to […]

Stephen Walker

Blogs as a Teaching Tool to Promote Writing and Student Interaction

I have had an increase in enquiries from staff in the college recently about using collaborative tools for learning. The fact that people are beginning to see the benefits of these collaborative spaces is a welcome development. With that in mind, this is a timely research paper from Miriam Sullivan and Nancy Longnecker from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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