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


Network Meta-analysis with WinBUGS and Stata

In my previous posting ( I introduced an example of Network Meta-analysis taken from a NICE report that estimated the incidence of diabetes amongst people being treated for high blood pressure by one of six classes of drug. In that posting I analysed the data using Stata’s glm command and now I should like to […]

Kerry Dobbins

Arguing against learning outcomes as a behaviourist learning approach

I have very recently discovered the wonder that is Scoop-it.  This e-tool should supposedly save me the job of searching online to find any latest news/posts/pieces about learning outcomes in higher education (click here to check out my ‘Learning Outcomes’ scoop-it).  So far it is doing a grand job and it was through my Scoop-it’s daily […]

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 […]

Rebecca Moore

A Trip to Oxford

  I was recently in Oxford on the trail of Evelyn Waugh’s contributions to the University magazine The Isis. This was my first ever visit to Oxford, and though I was expecting to find the ‘gables and cupolas, exhal[ing] the soft airs of centuries of youth’, nothing quite prepared me for the outstanding beauty 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 […]

Andrew Dunn

Income and Equality

The Work Foundation Launch Low Pay Project The site offers online recent papers and low pay data. Also on this topic, The Office for National Statistics has long-term wage data. The Low Pay Commission features reports on the National Minimum wage. Living Wage Commission reported recently on the problems of those surviving on low pay. Joseph Rowntree […]

Margaret Maclean

Joe Orton exhibition runs until 31 August 2014

Our current exhibition in the Library, ‘Joe Orton in 1964’, which runs until 31 August 2014, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Orton’s first major success, Entertaining Mr Sloane.  The Joe Orton Archive was purchased by the University in 1997 and can be viewed by appointment in the Special Collections reading room. When I was working […]

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 […]

Jo B

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Professor Jo Brewis, Deputy Head of the School, discusses the under-acknowledged practical and interpersonal consequences of the methodological decisions researchers make The critical tradition of management scholarship with which Leicester’s name has become synonymous has been applied to a wide variety of organisational settings, it has employed numerous research methods and it has drawn on […]

Julie Coleman

New Voices Wagon Project – Remarkable Experience!

   By Eshara Wijetunge During my final year as an undergraduate studying History of Art and English, I was involved in the New Voices Wagon Project (NVWP), a Leicester-based project that aims to promote reading and writing amongst migrant communities – especially refugees. This fantastic work experience was offered through our School of English in […]

Oliver Brett

Lettera a Guido Guidi, Mohammadreza Mirzaei

(© Images courtesy of Mohammadreza Mirzaei, from the series ‘Fictitious Entries’, 2013-14 )   Una Lettera a Guido Guidi Mohammadreza Mirzaei Caro Guido, Spero che tu stia bene. È passato più di un anno dall’ultima volta che ci siamo incontrati. Mi ricordo bene, fu il giorno dopo la nostra conversazione all’Accademia di belle arti di Ravenna, […]

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 […]

Stephen Walker

The Student Voice and a Framework for Learning Technology

photo credit: via photopin cc In a previous blog, reporting on the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference, I mentioned ‘student centred’ approaches to teaching and learning with technology. Another presentation at the conference highlighted research from Malcolm Murray and his colleagues at Durham University (Murray et al 2014) in which the student was at […]

Grant Denkinson

Publisher-librarian round table, 20 May 2014

SCONUL e-monthly April 2014 had [links added by me] One-day workshop on open access, London, 20 May BMJ, IOP Publishing, Royal Society Publishing and the Royal Society of Chemistry are working in collaboration with the Research Information Network (RIN) to run a one-day workshop on open access (OA), in order to understand how institutions have […]

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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